John Christopher Sutton Author of Evaluating Organization Development

John Christopher Sutton

Director/Transport Consultant/Researcher in transportation planning & policy
JCS Consulting

With degrees in transportation, urban planning and environmental science, Dr John Sutton has more than 30 years experience in transportation planning and research covering a range of technical and managerial positions. He has worked in the UK, the USA and Asia in a variety of roles and led a number of high-profile projects. He has published widely, including his latest book 'Gridlock: Congested Cities, Contested Policies, Unsustainable Mobility' (2015).


Dr John Sutton has a wide-ranging career in transport planning and research. Below is a brief synopsis.

2010 - present, UK. Independent transport consultant providing services to the public and private sectors. Specialisms include transport planning, the evaluation, design and the application of transport information technology to the bus, rail and specialist passenger transport sectors, and the performance evaluation of transport systems.

2009. Director Rail Operations and Analysis, Systra Consulting, USA.  9 month assignment to manage the business unit while a permanent replacement was found. I managed a team of more than 20 rail operations analysts and software developers of the RAILSIM software suite for rail operations and simulation, and supervised projects in Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority, New York MTA, San Francisco MTA and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

2005 - 2009. Director Transport Information Systems, MVA Consultancy, UK. Business sector director for practice that included software developers, IT analysts and GIS applications specialists. The practice provided consulting services as well as developing bespoke software applications for transport planning, modelling and management.

2002 - 2005. Cambridge Systematics Inc., USA. Manager of GIS and data management practice across all the company's offices in the USA. Project manager for several GIS applications development for state Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organisations.

1993 - 2002. GIS/Trans Ltd., USA. Joined this start-up company in 1993 as Director of Transport Planning in the company's HQ in Boston. Appointed regional director of the company's western operations in 1994 overseeing three offices in California and Texas. Promoted to Vice-President in 1998 and then President in 2000. GIS/Trans pioneered the application of GIS to transportation and during my time there grew from a small start-up with a dozen staff in one office to more than 50 employees located in several offices across the USA. I managed and directed numerous GIS-T projects for the FHWA, State DOT's, MPO's and other organisations. I undertook research into GIS-T especially the integration of GIS and transport modelling software including network conflation of model and street centreline networks. My expertise was recognised by professional associations including an award from the American Planning Association for a GIS Transit System Analysis Model for the Orange County Transportation Authority, California. I was a regular presenter at transportation and GIS conferences. I also advised on GIS-T projects for India Railways, Sri Lanka Department of Transport, Hong Kong Department of Transport (Transport Information System), and the Inter-American Development Bank.

1989 - 1993. Senior Transport planner, Halcrow Fox & Associates, UK. Providing technical analyses, modelling and project management on projects for bus, rail and community transport organisations. Applied these on several projects for UK local authorities, British Rail, and an overseas assignment in Kuala Lumpur on public transport reorganisation study.

1985 - 1989. Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Transport Technology, Loughborough University, UK.  Led research projects on IT in Community Transport, which developed the MultiTrip booking and scheduling programme, and an analysis of fuel consumption at traffic lights and roundabouts for the Transport Road Research Laboratory. Also lectured in classes for the BSc course on transport management and planning and MSc course in urban engineering.


    BSc Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, 1976
    PG Diploma in Local Planning, Lanchester Polytechnic, UK
    PHD Transportation, Trent Polytechnic, UK, 1985

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Professional expertise in transport planning and appraisal, transport modelling, passenger transport operations and analysis, transport information systems, GIS applications design and development.

    Research interests in transport policy and the impact of technology on travel behaviour and policy formulation.

Personal Interests

    Member of the Editorial Advisory Board for 'Transportation Planning and Technology' journal.
    Member of the 'Accessibility and Inclusion' forum, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
    Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
    Member of the Transport planning Society.
    Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
    Personal hobbies include travel, hiking and gardening.


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