TTI Senior Research ScientistFreight Analysis
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
12700 Park Central, Room 10013
Dallas, TX 75251
- M.P.A, Public Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985
- B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin,
Allan is the Freight Practice Leader for the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, leveraging multimodal research for public and private sector sponsors and is a Senior Research Scientist in the Freight and Investment Analysis Division. Allan served as Federal Railroad Administrator under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2004. As a Senior Associate with Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Rutter led or participated in State Rail Plans in eight states, including California and Texas. Mr. Rutter previously served as chief executive of the North Texas Tollway Authority and also worked for four different Texas Governors in various capacities.
Allan is a Team Member for the General Engineering Consultant Team for the I-75 Commercial Vehicle Lane Facility for the Georgia Department of Transportation. He has authored and coordinated technical memos for the GEC team on pavement design for a truck only roadway, the first of its kind in the nation; incorporation of MUTCD signage policy into a truck only roadway, preparing for truck automation and connected vehicle technologies, and consideration of truck law enforcement and traveler information systems.
Allan is Project Manager for Rail Division Support Activities for the Texas Department of Transportation, leading a team in supporting projects to improve rail safety inspection and highway-rail grade crossing safe-ty. Allan led the development of a State Grade Crossing Action Plan in response to federal requirements, building on data analyses combining roadway crash records and railroad accident reports to determine major causal factors involved in grade crossing fatal crashes.
Allan was Principal Investigator for the I-10 Western Connected Freight Corridor study, leading a team that produced a two volume product for the Arizona Department of Transportation on behalf of a pooled fund study including DOTs from California, New Mexico and Texas. This study identified how new technologies and operational strategies along I-10 from Los Angeles to Houston and Beaumont can reduce friction and improve safety for commercial motor vehicle movements along the corridor. This project involved consideration of technology improvements within existing institutional arrangements and multiple jurisdictions.
For the Federal Highway Administration, Allan was Principal Investigator for a team that produced the Model State Grade Crossing Safety Action Plans and Noteworthy Practices in Project Prioritization, leading a team that produced a guidebook for state agencies to respond to an NTSB recommendation and federal statutory requirement to develop State Action Plans to address highway-rail grade crossing safety. The project also included a summary of innovative prioritization practices for grade crossing safety projects among state agencies.