Norman Silverman joined TMD in 2014 as Senior Manager. He has spent most of his 41-year career in developing, optimizing, and implementing bus and rail service in the greater New York Metropolitan region. His past roles include Director, Planning and Engineering for MTA Long Island Bus (1975-1985); Director, Bus Service Planning for the New York City Transit Authority (1985-1991); Senior Director, Route and System Planning for the New York City Transit Authority (1991-2005); and Vice President, Operations Planning for the MTA Bus Company (2005-2013). Norm brings exceptional expertise and experience with a wide range of transit services and networks, including Local Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, Commuter Express Bus, and Metro / Commuter Rail. During his time at MTA, his work focused on improving bus and rail transit efficiency and effectiveness. He established and advanced a routinized and continuous service planning function, coordinated the implementation of a modern, intermodal fare system, and led ongoing improvements of the bus and rail network. He also led the development of a new 1,200 vehicle “MTA Bus” system, which restructured individual routes formerly operated by seven former private bus companies into a single public operation integrated within the regional MTA services.
While at TMD, Norm has managed and contributed to several service design and scheduling projects, including Denver’s BRT service development project; a network service design effort in New Orleans; a rail service reliability project in San Francisco; the development of a business case and specification for the procurement of a modern enterprise scheduling system for the Bay Area Rapid Transit System; and a Comprehensive Operating Analysis for Bi-State Transit in St. Louis. Currently, he serves as Senior Advisor on an operating and schedule analysis for rail expansion at Sound Transit in Seattle, as well as BRT improvements on a dedicated busway project in Los Angeles.