Greg Spitz

Senior Director

Greg is a transportation economist, planner, and project manager with both domestic and international experience. His focus is researching transit using multiple types of transit surveys: origin-destination (O-D), stated preference (SP), customer satisfaction, and market analysis. From these surveys, he estimates demand models to create travel market forecasts. As part of his daily efforts, Greg manages projects, designs and develops surveys, moderates focus groups, conducts descriptive and multivariate statistical analyses, and reports and presents the results of his studies.

Greg has been interested in public transportation issues for a long time. His first attempt to make a living in the field was starting a bicycle rickshaw business in Chicago using Indonesian pedicabs. It was a fantastic job that paid the rent, provided plenty of exercise, and also left him some beer money. However, it didn’t provide for much else (especially during Chicago’s winters), so Greg looked for something more in the field of transportation.

Before joining RSG in 1996, Greg worked at Louis Berger International as an international transportation consultant on large infrastructure projects, primarily in Southeast Asia (where he traveled around again via Indonesian pedicabs, but this time as a passenger).

MS, Transportation, Northwestern University
BS, English, University of Vermont

Spitz, G. and F. Fessel. “A Successful Visitor Study for Understanding Transit Use.” Presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2016.

Spitz, G., and S. Hess. “How Much Do Attitudes and Values Matter in Mode Choice?” Presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2016.

Cummins, B., G. Spitz, and M. Campbell. “How Close is Close Enough? Statistical Equivalence of Onboard versus Online Surveys of Transit Customers.” Presented at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 2013. Winner of the William M. Millar Award for the best paper in the area of public transportation. https://rsginc.com/files/publications/72.SET__0.pdf

Outwater, M., G. Spitz, J. Lobb, M. Campbell, B. Sana, R. Pendyala, and W. Woodford. “Characteristics of Premium Transit Services that Affect Mode Choice: Summary of Phase 1, TCRP H-37.” Transportation, Volume 38, Number 4, (July 2011): p. 605-623. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11116-011-9334-0

Smith, C., and G. Spitz. “Internet Access: Is Everyone Online Yet and Can we Survey Them There?” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2176 (2010): p. 35-41.

Spitz, G., and D. Jacobs. “Cash Customers in an E-ZPass World.” Presented at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s Special Summit on Open Road Tolling, Dallas, TX, July 2008.