Our Values

Our Practice

Whether we’re recommending improvements for a single intersection or helping communities plan for automated vehicles, we love tackling transportation challenges through planning, operations, design and research. We’re a diverse, interconnected group of people working nationwide and operating as “one office in many locations.”

It all started more than 30 years ago, when founding principal Wayne Kittelson realized his dream to create an environment where transportation experts could collaborate through meaningful work, empower their communities and grow as individuals. While we’ve expanded since then, our unwavering values have always guided our approach.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Striving to live out our core value of “examine from all angles,” we maintain a company culture that values diversity by engaging a wide array of perspectives in our projects and in the makeup of our firm. We seek to be a space that’s safe and inclusive to all staff who call Kittelson home. Through firmwide dialogues, listening sessions, and staff-driven Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), we continually learn from one another and grow in our commitment to inclusion and equity.

Sustainability Commitment

Through the work of our Sustainability Initiative, we are reducing our carbon footprint. We encourage one another to implement sustainable practices in our workspaces (at home and in the office), and we offset all work-related flights by purchasing carbon credits to fund renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects worldwide.

Innovation Kitchen

Energy and passion, combined with care and integrity, move this industry forward to support people in their daily lives with safer, more efficient, and more equitable transportation. These values drive Kittelson’s Innovation Kitchen, an internal program designed to foster a culture of innovation. Staff collaborate with an Innovation Committee to develop improved products or services that will advance the profession and meet the needs of our clients. See examples here.


Continually striving to “raise the bar” in the profession is one of our longstanding values. We do this in many ways, including our commitment to meaningful and lasting participation in local, regional, and national research that dates back to our early days as an organization. We are proud to have authored many of the manuals and guidance documents that are used in the transportation profession, and we are also energized to put that work into practice each and every day. See examples here.

Our Charitable Foundation

Kittelson Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization founded by Wayne Kittelson that financially supports students who face barriers to getting a good education.

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Our People

Simply put—we are defined by our people. That's why one of Kittelson's strongest values refers to following our passion, because our people are the future of the firm and the profession. We don't often brag, but we feel lucky to be part of such a talented, energetic, collaborative, accomplished and driven group. Peruse the team to see for yourself!

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