Senior Transportation Planner & Data Scientist
Years of Experience: 8
Years at Foursquare ITP: 3
Thomas Orgren is a transportation planner and data scientist who specializes in applying complex data analysis methods to transit service planning, performance monitoring, and capital needs budgeting, and making the results relatable to a wide audience. He works extensively with the Maryland Transit Administration on service planning projects for the BaltimoreLink system, most recently playing a key role in the agency’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent recovery plan. Thomas has also worked on local, regional, and statewide transit service and bikeshare planning projects across the mid-Atlantic region and up and down the East Coast. Thomas has significant experience using data to improve the effectiveness and equity of public transportation systems with projects including web-based interactive GTFS QA/QC tools, developing new methods for monitoring bus route performance over time, Title VI service equity analysis, project prioritization, travel flow prediction, trip chain validation using Open Trip Planner software, and more.
Thomas got his start in public transportation as a bus driver at the University of Virginia, where he helped to overhaul the system’s safety and training procedures. More recently, he worked for the City of Philadelphia and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, where he helped to build the case for a comprehensive bus network redesign and a bus rapid transit line, using the results of in-depth data analysis to inform decision-makers and the general public of the benefits of a more equitable transportation system.
M.C.P., City Planning (Sustainable Transportation & Infrastructure)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia