In 1987, Bonnie Nelson and Diane Nygaard, two former San Francisco Municipal Railway managers, founded the firm in Diane’s basement. They believed it was possible to create a transportation planning firm that would foster a fun, egalitarian, and creative work environment, and would provide high-quality, principled work for its clients. Their vision proved successful; Nelson\Nygaard has offices across the nation.
Nelson\Nygaard attributes our success to adhering to our mission and core values. We remain deeply committed to mobility, accessibility, and sustainability for all. Helping communities achieve their larger goals defines our approach to transportation planning.
We are diverse, talented, and motivated by our commitment to creating places with transportation choices for all ages. Our experts are leaders in their fields, from multimodal street design and transit delivery to paratransit and on-demand service regulations.
Nelson\Nygaard is an industry leader in holistic planning for all modes of transportation. We rely on our national and international experience when planning for sustainable mobility and accessibility. We develop solutions, using all modes, in the context of a community’s needs and goals.
Recognized for projects around the world, Nelson\Nygaard has received awards and honors from professional groups and government agencies including the American Planning Association, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.