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Best Practices in Selecting Transportation Consultants – Perspectives from the Public and Private Sectors


This webinar was developed by the ITE Consultants Council.

Webinar Description:

Public agencies require external services and advice from time to time when its own staff are either unavailable or lack the required skills or expertise. Most agencies meet this need by hiring a consultant to undertake the specific project or task.

Selecting the best-suited and most qualified consultant improves the likelihood of delivering a useful, high-quality product on time and within budget. This choice is one the public agency must make not only with a clear and complete understanding and knowledge of the project requirements but also through the application of an effective consultant selection process.

With this objective in mind, the ITE Public Agency and Consultants Council have recently completed an informational report entitled Best Practices in Selecting Transportation Consultants to help public agencies select the best-qualified transportation consultants to assist with its projects. The report is also intended to educate participants on and explain the value proposition of an effective consultant selection process for assignments traditionally described as transportation or traffic engineering and transportation planning being performed for local governments (e.g., towns, cities, counties).

The webinar will provide an overview of the report, explaining the rationale for using consulting services and describing the principles and different methods of selecting a transportation consultant. Transportation professionals from the public and private sectors will also relate their experience with consultant selection and share valuable lessons learned with participants.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide information on the use of consulting services, including explaining the importance of proper consultant selection and factors to consider in procuring consulting services.
  • Describe the principles and different methods of selecting a transportation consultant, including highlighting the long-term benefits that can be gained from using a Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) process.
  • To share valuable insight into selecting transportation consultants from the perspectives of public and private sector practitioners.


  • Gene Chartier, Vice President and Chief Development Officer | Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited | Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

    Gene Chartier is Vice President and Chief Development Officer for Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited, a Canadian consultancy offering transportation planning and traffic engineering services. He has over 29 years of municipal government and private consulting experience since graduating from the University of Waterloo (Ontario) with Bachelor and Master Degrees in Civil Engineering. His broad career spans the sphere of transportation engineering practice ranging from traffic operations to multi-modal planning for communities large and small. Gene is a Fellow of ITE, co-chairs the ITE Professional Development Committee, and previously served as the Canadian District Director on the ITE International Board of Direction. This past year, Gene led the volunteer technical committee that developed the new ITE Informational Report entitled Best Practices in Selecting Transportation Consultants.

  • Karyn Robles, AICP, Director of Transportation | Village of Schaumburg | Schaumburg, Illinois, USA

    Karyn Robles has over 18 years of municipal transportation planning experience and is the Director of Transportation for the Village of Schaumburg, Illinois, a suburban community located northwest of Chicago. She received a B.A. from Miami University in Public Administration and Urban and Regional Planning and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Springfield. As Director of Transportation, Karyn is responsible for managing the Village’s transportation network including oversight of the Village’s multi-modal transportation planning efforts which includes the investigation of new transportation improvements, technologies, and funding opportunities as well as management of the municipal airport and helistop, traffic signal, transit, and bikeways programs. Before joining the Village of Schaumburg, Karyn worked for the City of Naperville, Illinois and the City of Carmel, Indiana. Karyn is the Vice Chair of the ITE Public Agencies Council, a member of LeadershipITE Class of 2021, and served as a member of the volunteer technical committee that developed Best Practices in Selecting Transportation Consultants.

  • Don Samdahl, P.E., Principal | Fehr & Peers | Seattle, Washington, USA

    Don Samdahl, a Principal with Fehr & Peers, has over 40 years of experience in transportation planning and engineering, research, and policy planning. He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and a M.S. in Transportation Engineering from Northwestern University. During his career, Don has directed a wide range of multimodal transportation corridor studies and comprehensive local agency transportation plans. He has perspectives about consulting selection processes from local, regional, state, and Federal agencies. Don is an Executive Committee member and former chair of the ITE Consultants Council and the Transportation Planning Council. He served as a member of the volunteer technical committee that developed Best Practices in Selecting Transportation Consultants.

May 11, 2021
Tue 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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