Dr. Charles Rivasplata, MPTS
Chair, Advisory Council
Dr. Rivasplata holds a B.A in Geography, as well as, Master’s degrees in City Planning, (Transportation) Engineering and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Under the supervision of Professors Martin Wachs and Daniel Sperling, he wrote his doctoral dissertation on the impacts of policy reform on transit in Britain. Dr. Rivasplata has more than 25 years of experience in transportation planning. Since 2007, he has taught courses on regional and local transportation planning in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University (SJSU), and undertaken research projects at the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI). He has taught in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley and the campus’s Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Berkeley). Dr. Rivasplata is also a senior transportation planner at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where he has been involved in the safe and convenient integration of modes (e.g., 2010 Fleet Plan, Bike Plan development) Travel Demand Management, and the comprehensive review of new development projects with transportation requirements. At SJSU, he has shared his international experiences with students in the Department’s transportation planning courses.