Adrian Ayala is awarded First Place for the 2021 National American Planning Association’s Transportation Planning Division Student Paper Competition for his paper, Exploring Alternatives to Police-Based Traffic Enforcement and OVercoming their Potential Barriers to Implementation. Adrian will be awarded $1,000 at the Transportation Planning Division’s Annual Business Meeting during the 2021 National Planning Conference in May 2021.
Adrian is a second-year Master of City and Regional Planning student at the Bloustein School concentrating in transportation planning. He worked as a graduate research assistant for the Voorhees Transportation Center, as well as completed independent research projects with Professors Kelcie Ralph and Charles Brown. Prior to attending graduate school, Adrian had been interning within the Bus Planning Department at the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA), after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied Civil Engineering, also with a concentration in transportation. Adrian is currently based in Boston, MA, where he is working in the private sector as a transportation engineer and completing exciting projects related to bus infrastructure improvements for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). He is also involved in the design process for improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Born and raised in the greater Boston area, Adrian has a unique connection to the metropolitan area and a passionate interest in developing more efficient and equitable multimodal networks to serve the diverse groups who rely on alternate modes of transportation. He hopes to continue to serve his local community after graduating from the Bloustein School.