Shyam Kannan

Shyam Kannan, LEED AP

Mid-Atlantic Transit Lead

“Transit agencies need creativity, discipline, logic and magic, and I’m passionate about bringing all these and more to my clients. I’m a serial problem-solver who is constantly ideating smarter, better, faster, greener and more efficient ways to advance sustainable mobility — and I’m eager to bring all of this to a client base of cities, states, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies that are vital to our prosperity and our planet.”

Mid-Atlantic Transit Lead Shyam Kannan is responsible for planning, directing and monitoring all aspects of large multidisciplinary transit and transportation planning projects, business activities and thought leadership including regional planning, forecasting/modeling, surface transit (bus rapid transit, light rail, streetcar), subway/commuter rail, zero emissions vehicles, transit equity, funding/financing, transit facilities and providing strategy for transit properties.

He delivers industry thought leadership, transformative transit and urban design initiatives, and breakthrough client solutions. Much of his work has focused on regional planning, smart growth, transit and sustainable mobility, real estate and transit-oriented communities. With a proven track record in executive management and regional leadership Shyam brings valuable expertise to our transit, planning, and strategic advisory business and clients throughout D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Shyam earned master’s degrees in public policy and urban planning from Harvard and has been adjunct faculty at Georgetown University. He is the co-chair of the American Public Transit Association’s Transit-Oriented Communities subcommittee; is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, sits on the Steering Committee for ConnectedDMV’s Regional Economic Development, and participates in the Transit Cooperative Research Program.