When he’s not planning transit, Thomas enjoys hiking into the wilderness to photograph bucolic landscapes and epic starscapes.
Thomas Orgren is a senior 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, playing a key role is the agency’s Covid-19 response plan and subsequent annual service plans since 2020. Thomas has also worked on local, regional, and statewide transit service and bikeshare planning projects up and down the East Coast and in the Midwest.
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. He 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.
MCP, City Planning (Sustainable Transportation & Infrastructure)
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia