Caltrans Director Dougherty Honored by NACTO for Leadership

Director Malcolm Dougherty Receives Excellence in Leadership Award
Director Malcolm Dougherty Receives Excellence in Leadership Award (Credit: Tilly Chang)

Last night, The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) hosted their opening reception for their designing cities conference in San Francisco. The reception honored Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty with NACTO’s 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award for his vision for and support of innovative and flexible urban street design.

Earlier this year, this blog covered Caltrans’ endorsement of the NACTO urban street and bikeway design guidelines here:

NACTO’s press release follows in full. You can learn more about NACTO at their website:

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Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty Honored with 2014 NACTO Excellence in Leadership Award
Posted on October 22, 2014
By Corinne Kisner
Press contact: Corinne Kisner, 646-629-4165

SAN FRANCISCO (October 22, 2014) – The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) celebrated the vision and accomplishments of Malcolm Dougherty, Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), awarding him the 2014 Excellence in Leadership Award for his support of a flexible approach to urban street design in the nation’s most populous state. NACTO President and SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin presented Dougherty with the award at the opening reception of the NACTO Designing Cities Conference.

Dougherty has positioned Caltrans as a national leader on street design, updating its Highway Design Manual in 2012 to facilitate the design of complete streets and, in April 2014, endorsing the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide and Urban Bikeway Design Guide. Caltrans’ endorsement allows cities and towns in California to use the Guides both for designing local streets and in planning city streets that coincide with the state highway system.

“NACTO is proud to honor Malcolm Dougherty for his inclusive, city-friendly approach to streets,” said Director Reiskin. “Under his direction, Caltrans is swiftly becoming a model of how states can help make city streets into great places.”

“Malcolm Dougherty has moved California to the forefront of the nation, paving the way for both Caltrans and the nearly 500 cities in California to design streets that serve everyone. We’re seeing more and more cities and states following his lead.” said Janette Sadik-Khan, NACTO Chair.

“I very much appreciate the recognition from NACTO acknowledging Caltrans’ efforts this past year to give appropriate consideration to all modes of travel when we implement transportation solutions,” Dougherty said. “Caltrans’ endorsement of these innovative street design options is an important part of modernizing our approach to improving transportation for all Californians.”

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About the National Association of City Transportation Officials
NACTO is an association of 38 cities formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. Members include Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington, DC. Affiliate members of NACTO include Arlington (VA), Austin, Boulder, Burlington (VT), Cambridge, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Hoboken, Indianapolis, Louisville, Madison, Memphis, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Somerville (MA), and Ventura (CA). International members include Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.