Noah Berger

Deputy Administrator for Policy, Planning & Innovation at the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority 

Topic: People, Place, and Technology - What We Know About the Future of Transportation from Looking at the Past

What will our future transportation networks look like? Solar-powered gondolas? Self-driving Uber & Lyft vehicles? Particle beamers? Electric blimps? Are traditional fixed route buses and subways really relics of a best forgotten past? Before we get too carried away, this session will look to the future of transportation through an examination of the past. In and of itself, transportation is neither good nor bad.   It is a tool—but a tool that has historically played a vital role in civil rights and in shaping the built and social environment.  Who’s being served, who’s shut out and what role will technology play in shaping the next generation of transportation?


Noah S. Berger is a city planner, artist and social justice advocate. He is a twenty-four year veteran of public transportation, focused on filling gaps in the regional transit network by bridging low-income neighborhoods and employment centers. He currently serves as the Deputy Administrator for Policy, Planning & Innovation at the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, the designated transit provider for the 15 towns in Cape Cod Massachusetts. He has held leadership positions with CTTransit, the Greater Hartford Transit District, the Federal Transit Administration, the Boston Foundation, the MBTA Advisory Board, Cambridge Systematics, and the Enterprise Community Transportation Project in Burlington, Vermont. He has also held positions with Boston’s Parker Shelter, the Gambino Crime Family and the New York Yankees, and was Outreach Coordinator for the 1994 reelection campaign of a little-known Vermont Congressman named Bernie Sanders. He is author of By Bus, Bike or Boat: A Rider’s Guide to Public Transit in Greater Burlington and Vermont, and “The Guardian of the Birds” in John Abarno’s The Ethics of Homelessness: Philosophical Perspectives. He has Master’s Degrees in City Planning from M.I.T., and Philosophy from the State University of New York. He is an exhibited oil painter and illustrator, with an interest in the interrelationship between art and infrastructure. He is originally from New York City, and currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts.