Top 40 Under 40 2013: Brian Waterman

Brian Waterman, AICP

Transit Planning Manager


Brian Waterman led his team on a two-year endeavor to redesign the entire route system of StarMetro, changing from the 70-year-old downtown-oriented hub-and-spoke system to a multi-point/multi-transfer, decentralized system. The new system is more efficient, customer friendly and resulted in a six percent increase in ridership even with a significant decrease in transfers. The success of the new system was recognized by the American Planning Association which awarded Waterman and his team the 2013 National Planning Excellence Award for Transportation Planning.

In addition to his leadership on the new decentralized route system, he developed a positive and productive relationship with other departments and area organizations.

In implementing the new decentralized route system, Waterman worked with the city of Tallahassee Public Works to increase sidewalk coverage on the routes and for the inclusion of bus boarding and alighting areas in new sidewalk construction.

He also worked with the Tallahassee/Leon County Planning Department to identify funding sources to construct more shelters in the community. He maintains constant communication with FSU, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, and Tallahassee Community College to propose service levels and agreements to effectively transport students.

Waterman’s interest in transit funding led to analysis and ideas to help StarMetro diversify its funding sources to increase revenue and support service expansion.

“I enjoy working with my planning team to solve transportation problems by improving route performance, identifying new service areas, analyzing funding mechanisms and marketing our service to the community.”