He said increasing congestion, coupled with deferred infrastructure maintenance across the country, means there is a lot of catching up to do.
Kumar’s college background made him stand out as a candidate to take over as director, said Chelsea Schultz, a senior planner with Waco MPO who served as acting director before Kumar was hired. .
“He seemed really well balanced, and we liked what we heard about his time as DFO leader in Jackson and his expertise in economic development,” Schultz said.
She added that Kumar also understands what Waco’s growth means for the region’s future.
“Because of our position in the Texas triangle, Waco has an important role to play regionally,” she said, referring to the triangular region formed by the Texas population centers of Dallas, San Antonio , Houston, Austin and the highways connecting them. “DFO can offer even more services than we currently do.”
Kumar said the Texas Department of Transportation is conducting a travel survey in Waco that will focus on sites including Baylor University, local hospitals and the Magnolia Market.
“This travel survey usually ends up being a good basis for us to think about a next metropolitan transportation plan that we will put in place,” Kumar said. “This is a major and very important contribution to our understanding of mobility challenges in the future.”