David H. Roper is an internationally recognized authority in the operation of metropolitan freeway networks and HOV systems, and in the development and operation of automated traffic management systems.
During the latter half of his 41 year career with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in Los Angeles, he served as Deputy District Director responsible for the operation of the Los Angeles freeway system. He was at the forefront in the then-emerging area of freeway operations and traffic management. He carried out pioneering work in the conceptualization, development, and operation of automated systems and techniques which comprise today’s state-of-the-art in traffic management and corridor optimization …..surveillance and incident detection systems, ramp metering, high occupancy vehicle lanes, traffic operations centers, incident management programs, closed circuit television cameras, communications systems, HOV lanes, and motorist information systems. He has directed and/or conducted a variety of applied research and demonstration projects in this, and related, fields.
As Director of Caltrans’ 1984 Olympics Transportation Program, Roper managed the planning, implementation, and operation of the highly successful plan to manage traffic during the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
Since his retirement from Caltrans, he has continued his work in the traffic management and ITS areas, both in the U.S. and abroad, as an independent consultant.
Roper is licensed as a Professional Engineer and as a Traffic Engineer in the State of California. He is a long-time member of the Committee on Freeway Operations of the Transportation Research Board, and, in recognition of his years of dedicated service, was named as a Member Emeritus of the Committee. He is the recipient of a variety of awards and commendations in recognition of his contributions and achievments, including the Professional Achievement Award of the Professional Engineers in California Government, and the President’s Modal Award of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.