David Swallow, P.E., F.ASCE, the deputy chief executive officer of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Swallow is a civil engineer with over 25 years of transportation-related experience, and has been with Southern Nevada RTC since January 2001. In his position he oversees the RTC’s planning, engineering and funding programs for transportation infrastructure, development of new transit facilities and systems, implementation and support of new technologies, and coordination between roadway and freeway operations. His team comprises a number of departments, including the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Southern Nevada Strong, Capital Project Development, Streets & Highways, Information Technology and the region’s Traffic Management Center.
Among the key efforts of the team are development of a long-term vision for improving mobility in southern Nevada, working with community partners to implement the Southern Nevada Strong regional plan, programming projects to enhance the valley’s roadway network, coordinating construction to minimize impacts, developing high-capacity transit lines on key corridors, managing the public bike-share system, and integrating new technologies and data to improve traffic operations for residents and visitors alike.
Prior to his current role, Swallow was the agency’s chief engineering and technology officer, responsible for overseeing the design and implementation of many of the RTC’s projects and initiatives, including transit centers, fleet maintenance and fueling facilities, park & rides, bus rapid transit lines, bike facilities and technology solutions.
Swallow is a longstanding member of ASCE. He is active in the profession and in his community as well, currently serving on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Alumni Association’s Board of Directors and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. In 2007 he joined Engineers Without Borders USA, helping form the local chapter and serving as president in 2010.
For being an active member of the community and his profession, he was recognized as the Transportation Engineer of the Year by ITE in 2010. Other acknowledgements include ‘40 Under 40’ by In Business (now Vegas Inc.), an award by the Nevada Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board in 2012 for improving connectivity and safety, and the “Engineering Honoree” by the Safe Community Partnership in 2013.
Swallow is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Nevada and earned both bachelor and master of science degrees in civil engineering from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.