William L. Knight: 1939-2010
William Knight, former Director of Transportation Planning and Executive Director of TMACOG passed away September 30, 2010 in Toledo.
Bill Knight had a long and influential career in transportation in the Toledo region. The Wabash Cannonball Trail, the Veterans’ Glass City Skyway, and programs to ensure public involvement in transportation planning are among his many accomplishments.
Diane Reamer-Evans, TMACOG transportation project manager, worked with Bill Knight for many years. She says, “One of the best things about Bill Knight was that he was open to new ideas. Under his leadership, TMACOG built strong working partnerships in our region that are the envy of other regions. And because he said, ‘yes, let’s do it,’ we took on initiatives that pushed the envelope of traditional transportation planning and helped make us the dynamic agency we are today.”
Before his work at TMACOG, he was the deputy director of transportation planning for the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions from 1972 to 1975. When that department was incorporated into TMACOG, he served as Director of Transportation Planning for 16 more years: 1975 – 1992. In 1992 he was appointed as Executive Director of TMACOG and served until 2000.
Bill Knight was a member of the Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association (NOPRA), the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE). After he left TMACOG he was the Executive Director of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization in Vermont, and a private consultant for transportation, public involvement programs, and intergovernmental affairs.