Policy director and founder, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
Michael Replogle is global policy director and founder of the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP). Since 2009 he has managed ITDP’s efforts to scale up innovative transportation and development practices rapidly to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions while supporting partnerships with national and international development organizations, governments, investors, and businesses. He is active in promoting bus rapid transit and smart transport pricing in Asia and all the Americas.
After earning MSE and undergraduate honors degrees in Civil and Urban Engineering and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978, he documented and disseminated global best practices in transportation for public technology. From 1983 to 1992, he was transportation coordinator for the Maryland-National Capital Parks & Planning Commission, responsible for growth management and comprehensive planning in Montgomery County, Md. He managed ITDP’s Bikes Not Bombs Campaign from 1984 to 1989, recycling 10,000 bicycles to support health and education and to finance bicycle industry development in Nicaragua. He served as ITDP’s president for all but a few years from 1985 to 2009, helping it expand to a staff of 70 people operating in 10 countries.
Replogle is an adviser to the Environmental Defense Fund, where he worked full time as transportation director from 1992 to 2009, focusing on U.S. transport policy reform at the federal and regional levels, as well as on initiatives on bus rapid transit and congestion pricing in Mexico City, Jakarta, and other cities. He is a member of the U.S. Advisory Committee on Transportation Statistics and an emeritus member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation in Developing Countries, which he helped found. He has advised the Singapore Land Transport Authority and served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Transportation in 2009-10. He is a member of the executive committee of the UN-chartered Partnership for Sustainable Low-Carbon Transport.
Replogle is author of the 1982 book, Bicycles and Public Transportation, a 1992 World Bank report, Non-Motorized Vehicles in Asian Cities: Issues and Strategies, and several hundred other articles and papers. Most recently, he was lead author of a 2010 study for the Asian Development Bank, Reducing Carbon Emissions from Transportation, and for UNEP managed the development of new simplified methods for evaluating the CO2 emissions impact of transport investments proposed for funding under the Global Environmental Facility.