In Memoriam: Daniel Roth, Former Chair of TRB Rail Group and IPR AR010

Daniel L. Roth, former chair of both the TRB Rail Group and of the Intercity Passenger Rail Committee, AR010, passed away in Montreal on December 16, 2015, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

Daniel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991, where he wrote an important, widely circulated thesis explaining the French TGV system to an American audience. He subsequently attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Master of Science in Transportation in 1994; his thesis, Incremental High-Speed Rail in the US: Economic and Institutional Issues, received the 1995 Charley V. Wootan Memorial award from the Council of University Transportation Centers. After internships with Deutsche Bahn and the Federal Railroad Administration, his insightful analysis of rail transportation and public-private partnerships led to increasingly responsible positions at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Mercer Management Consulting, Booz Allen & Hamilton, and then FreightDesk. Beginning in 2008, Daniel worked at Ernst & Young, first in London and then in Montreal, where he became a Partner and led the Infrastructure Transaction Advisory Services group.

Daniel was an active and longtime contributor to TRB beginning in the early 1990s. He was a member of the Intercity Passenger Rail Transportation Committee (now AR010) for nearly two decades, from 1995 through 2013. He served as chair of the committee from 1997 through 2000, and then as Rail Group Chair in 2010 and 2011. He was also a member of the TCRP Project Panel on eTransit: Electronic Business Strategies for Public Transportation, from 2000 through 2015.

Daniel’s contributions to TRB are significant and lasting. He played a leading role in developing Transportation Research Circular 490, "Research Problem Statements on Intercity Passenger Rail" (1999). In 2002, he co-authored an article in the Transportation Research Record on a proposed regional authority ownership structure for the Northeast Corridor. Perhaps most significantly to TRB, he was instrumental in developing and pushing the idea of a National Cooperative Rail Research Program, which was enacted by Congress in 2008 as part of the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, and inaugurated in 2010.

Daniel leaves behind his wife, Aimee Aubichon; their daughter, Samuella Roth, and his father, Carl.

- by Rohit Aggarwala and  Dr. Anthony Perl




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