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Michael Rodriguez, AICP, is Director of Research at Smart Growth America, and resides in Tysons Corner, VA.
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Michael Rodriguez, AICP, is Director of Research for Smart Growth America in joint appointment with the George Washington University Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis. Michael conducts and oversees quantitative and qualitative research through SGA and GWU’s many research initiatives. His expertise is in fiscal and economic impacts of transportation and infrastructure projects, especially with regard to Smart Growth and walkability. Michael’s is co-author of “Foot Traffic Ahead 2016,” a statistical survey of walkable urbanism in the U.S.; econometric research on the economic and fiscal impacts of catalytic development in Downtown Detroit; and “WalkUP, Wake-Up: NY Metro,” a study of walkability in metropolitan New York and part of the Fourth Regional Plan. Prior to joining Smart Growth America, Michael had extensive private sector experience in transportation and economics consulting with various nationally leading firms, having written reports on major projects such as California High Speed Rail, pedestrian station access impacts for WMATA, and several successful TIGER grants. He also was key in developing industry-leading software tools for transportation economic analysis. As a resident of Tysons Corner, Virginia, Michael promotes smart growth in one of the fastest growing regions in the country, and serves on the Citizen’s Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Transportation Planning Board. He holds a Master of Public Affairs and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at the George Washington University.

Recent Posts

September 19, 2017, 11am PDT
Amazon's second headquarters is huge, and their bias for walkable places says they are going to do it all over again in a new city. However, maybe they should take the high road and not beg for subsidies.
Smart Growth America
September 12, 2017, 9am PDT
With a second headquarters, Amazon is poised to expand its preference for walkable places into a new city. However, maybe the company should take the high road and not beg for subsidies.
Smart Growth America
January 19, 2014, 1pm PST
The Transportation Planner posts about an inexplicable crosswalk at a highway interchange located in McLean, VA, a suburb of Washington, DC.
The Transportation Planner
November 5, 2012, 10am PST
A controversial Virginia ballot measure to limit eminent domain use has gone without much notice. Michael Rodriguez, a local transportation planner, argues against this measure.
Greater Greater Washington
November 3, 2012, 5am PDT
Some highway advocates in the suburbs surrounding Washington, DC think that building an outer Beltway through Northern Virginia will be beneficial to the planet. Others disagree.
Greater Greater Washington
November 16, 2009, 10am PST
In light of recent transit accidents, especially the Red Line crash in Washington, DC suburbs, the Obama Administration is seeking legislation to set and enforce safety standards on transit systems nationwide.
The New York Times
November 4, 2009, 11am PST
It is now official: the new Massachusetts Department of Transportation will be the singular transportation and transit agency for the entire state. With the swearing in of its five-member board, the agency can begin its work.
The Boston Herald
October 21, 2009, 6am PDT
Ever wonder how many people hop on those cable-cars in San Fran without paying the fare? Well, it turns out that transit cheats cost MUNI, San Francisco's transit agency, an estimated, $19 million a year.
The San Francisco Chronicle
October 8, 2009, 7am PDT
After Madison, Wisconsin withdrew its FTA application for funding of a commuter rail system, the city has been wondering where Transport 2020 is going next. The buzz now includes Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
The Cap Times
September 25, 2009, 7am PDT
A new highway linking Montgomery to Prince Georges County in Maryland will be the first in the state to exclusively use overhead tolling technology.
Baltimore Business Journal