JANUARY 30, 2014

MORPC is announcing the retirement of Robert (Bob) E. Lawler, Director of Transportation effective March 31, 2014. Bob is a mainstay at MORPC beginning in 1978, and serving as Director of Transportation since 2003.

Bob’s responsibilities throughout the years included oversight of highway planning, transit, bikeway and pedestrian planning, land use monitoring and forecasting, and development of the Transportation Improvement Program. This federally required planning responsibility, along with the technical support provided to member governments and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), garnered a deep respect for Bob over the years, and helped cultivate MORPC into a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) highly regarded by ODOT, U.S. Department of Transportation, Central Ohio Transit Authority, and many others both locally and nationally. His diligence in managing the MPO helped make the Columbus Region eligible for billions of federal transportation funds over the past 20 years.

Beginning with the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) in 1992, Bob began positioning MORPC’s transportation planning to be more modally balanced, laying the groundwork for more regional investments in walking and biking facilities, transit and support for freight projects.

Bob’s partnerships with local governments, ODOT, the logistics industry, and the private sector resulted in setting regional priorities and advancing transportation projects such as the I-270 North Outerbelt widening, Polaris, Spring-Sandusky and Tuttle Interchanges.

"Bob has earned an outstanding reputation in Central Ohio and the state as a key leader on transportation issues. His dedication to working for our communities has always been evident and top of mind. He also is credited with building a strong MORPC transportation team that has been nationally recognized for its innovation and successes," states MORPC Board Chair Marilyn Brown.

"Although we will greatly miss his leadership and expertise on the MORPC team, Bob's retirement is well-deserved after 36 years of dedicated public service to Central Ohio," states MORPC Executive Director William Murdock. "His hard work and creative insight in transportation is well-known and his legacy is one of significant and lasting improvements to Central Ohio's quality of life, our safety, and our economy."

Bob holds a B.S.C.E. and M.S. degree in civil engineering from The Ohio State University. Bob is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Please join us in wishing Bob a happy and much deserved, fun-filled retirement!

For more information contact Sarah McQuaide.