The transportation world lost one of its most distinguished and impactful voices this year with the passing of Martin Wachs. Martin was a transportation engineering and planning professor/practitioner mostly in the University of California system in Los Angeles and at Berkeley, as well as the RAND Corporation. His impact on transportation and urban planning scholarship is difficult to overstate.
Martin was a close colleague of ours at Eno. In 2017, he was the first-ever recipient of the Eno Thought Leader Award which we, appropriately, presented to him at our Leadership Awards Dinner. The award acknowledges individuals that have a demonstrated body of rigorous, timely, and impactful work. Everyone who knew him agreed there was no one better suited for the award.
Over the years, Martin contributed to many Eno articles, reports, webinars, and conferences, including Eno’s Transportation Quarterly journal. His first article in 1969 came when Marty was fresh off his Ph.D. from Northwestern University and while he was on active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army. His article that year focused on the role urban highways play in shaping patterns of growth and development. Clearly, Martin was ahead of his time and would continue to be throughout his career.
Most recently, he served on our Centennial steering committee. In his honor and in recognition of his legacy of teaching, we have dedicated this Essay Contest to his memory.