TTI Senior Research ScientistFreight and Investment Analysis
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
12700 Park Central, Suite 1000
Dallas, TX 75251
(972) 994-2205 x13105
- M.P.A, Public Administration, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985
- B.A., Government, University of Texas at Austin,
Mr. Rutter has more than 30 years of experience in multimodal transportation policy, finance and safety, and organizational management and strategic planning. Mr. Rutter provides leadership in TTI's freight research efforts. Working out of TTI's Dallas office, he guides the implementation of a strategic plan for TTI's freight activities and serves in a coordination role for freight. His development work focuses on national and international opportunities. He also serves as division head for the Freight Mobility Division, which covers ports and waterways, rail and motor carriers.
Mr. Rutter has been a public transportation agency executive, working with state and federal legislators and interacting with state and federal transportation agencies, proposing and defending organizational budgets, legislative proposals and administrative rulemakings. He has frequently testified before the U.S. Congress and the Texas Legislature. He has also advised state agencies and prepared reports on state passenger and freight rail planning, organizational development, and policy development.
Prior to joining TTI, Mr. Rutter was a Senior Associate with a national transportation planning firm. He was Project Manager or assisted in state rail plans for departments of transportation in South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota and Montana; and participated in a project to assist the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations Advisory Commission. Mr. Rutter has also served as the Executive Director of the North Texas Tollway Authority. He served as the Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration from 2001 to 2004, and was involved in intercity passenger rail policy development, represented the USDOT Secretary on the Amtrak Board, and led rail safety enforcement efforts among safety inspectors across the country. He also served as Transportation Policy Director in the Office of the Governor of Texas, and worked in various capacities for four different Governors.