AASHTO Journal, 15 November 2013
Those across the transportation community this week are mourning Dr. Ron Kirby, director of transportation planning for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Kirby, 69, was found fatally wounded from multiple gunshots in his Alexandria, Va. home on Monday.
“Dr. Kirby, one of the region’s leading experts on transportation planning, was a key figure in all aspects of our work on regional planning and collaboration. He guided the work of the Transportation Planning Board for more than 26 years. His deep knowledge and wise counsel assisted local, state and national officials in reaching consensus on the major transportation issues over the years,” said a statement released this week by COG Executive Director Chuck Bean. “More importantly, he was a trusted colleague and a dear friend to all of us at the Council and his associates around the region. We extend our deepest sympathy to his family at this difficult time.”
Kirby began his work at COG in 1987 and has served as a transportation expert especially in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He worked on major transportation projects such as the I-495 Express Lanes, the Intercounty Connector corridor, and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Prior to coming to COG, Kirby led the transportation program at the Urban Institute.
“Ron was a tremendous leader in transportation not only in the D.C. region but also nationally,” said American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Executive Director Bud Wright. “We are truly saddened by this news and our hearts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and co-workers.”