CTG Welcomes Winter 2020 Staff

News / March 11, 2020

CTG is pleased to announce the arrival of five new members over the past few months into the Transit Service Planning and Travel Modeling and Analytics teams.

Dr. Zhuo Yang joins the Washington, D.C. office from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) where he led a Highway Performance Study using National Performance Management Research Data Set, and Travel Pattern Identification with Travel Monitoring Analysis System data. He has widespread research and project experiences in transportation planning, modeling, engineering and data analytics since 2008. His expertise covers traffic and transit-related big-data analytics, transportation performance analysis, travel behavior modeling, driving behavior analysis, and application development. Zhuo has provided practice-ready solutions to multiple federal and state projects with strong programming skills. He is adept at SQL, ArcGIS, Python, R, TransModeler, Objective-C, PHP, and VBA.

Atlanta welcomes two new members in Alex DePriest and Meng Gao. Alex joins CTG after serving two years as Transit Planner at Rock Region METRO in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.  During his tenure, he was responsible for planning and implementing major service enhancements that received overwhelming public support. Transit use is a daily part of Alex’s lifestyle as he chooses to live car-free and advocates transit throughout his community. He is also a Francophile and spent a year teaching abroad in France. Meng came from a housing development consulting firm in Atlanta where she worked as a GIS Planner. She has a background in both architecture and urban planning, leading to a diverse range of skills in data and visualization software, including Adobe Creative Suite, RStudio, Tableau, Esri, and AutoCAD, among others.

Joshua Woods joins the Chicago office and brings a rare blend of both planning and operations experience after serving for nearly two years as the Planning and Operations Analyst for CityBus of Greater Lafayette, in Indiana. He was involved in several route realignment projects, led a bus stop balancing effort that saw significant OTP enhancements, and drove routes in revenue service part time. Prior to this, he interned with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority’s safety department, and dispatched fixed route and paratransit operations for the transit authority serving Independence, MO. This blend of experience at various levels of the industry help inform his decision-making process at CTG.

Tanaya Malhotra is a transit and urban planning professional with a strong analytical, research, communications and public outreach experience in the transportation industry. She has four years of transit planning and consulting experience, and recently joined CTG after three years with another planning firm. Her prior work is a combination of service redesign, operations analysis, and sustainable community planning. Tanaya has worked on varied transit planning projects across the country including Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COAs), Transit Development Plans (TDPs), and corridor studies. She will be working out of Carlsbad, California.