“Our Vision is to transform transportation consulting as the most trusted partner in the communities we serve.”
Fehr & Peers has specialized in providing transportation planning and engineering services to public and private sector clients since 1985. We develop creative, cost-effective, and results-oriented solutions to planning and design problems associated with all modes of transportation. We offer our clients the right combination of leading-edge technical skills and extensive knowledge of the communities in which we work to deliver comprehensive solutions and superior client service. We are nationally-recognized experts who routinely publish original research, serve on national committees, and teach courses to others in the industry. We do this while maintaining our commitment to translating those techniques into practical solutions.
Our Mission is to empower every employee to develop effective and innovative transportation solutions that improve communities. Our focus on improving communities doesn’t end with our professional consulting – we also support numerous non-profit and inspirational organizations. Fehr & Peers is unique to many of today’s companies:
- Bureaucracy is minimized—options prevail.
- We actually measure the degree to which employees feel the company exemplifies its core values.
- Collaboration counts—employees of all levels interact and share knowledge on a regular basis.
- Work-life balance is one of our core values.
- Employees have the resources they need to be successful—training, mentoring, project support, team-building activities, access to the latest software and technology, and access to experts in the field.
Our Core Values are our guiding principles and tenets. They define the fundamental relationship between the company, our employees, and our clients.
- Fairness, generosity, respect, and openness We feel we are being treated the way we would wish to be treated by a company that emphasizes the dignity of the individual.
- Personal growth and self-improvement We feel free to advance as far as our abilities will let us. We are constantly striving to improve. The company gives us the flexibility and support we need to succeed.
- Collaborative and inclusive environment We foster an environment that encourages sharing knowledge and brings diverse perspectives to the communities we serve.
- Flexibility that supports life balance We respect the need for flexibility in achieving balance such that work is an important, but not overwhelming, part of life.
- Humility and integrity We are respected as humble and trustworthy.
- A problem-solving attitude We are known for using innovation and diligence to help our clients in significant ways.
- Responsive and hard working We have a reputation for providing high quality, superior service that continually exceeds our clients’ expectations.
Our Operating Principles describe the foundational elements of our style of operation:
- Entrepreneurship Each employee takes an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving, career development, and growing the firm. They don’t wait to be told what to do; instead they take the initiative via innovation, creativity, agility, adaptability, and a sense of urgency. The company’s responsibility is to provide guidance, encouragement, and resources, while the individual’s responsibility is to make things happen.
- Autonomy/Accountability Each employee is given levels of autonomy commensurate with their position and their performance, with a bias towards, “learning by doing” and taking educated risks. Individuals are given the authority to make decisions and expect to be held accountable for the results of those decisions. We accept well-intentioned mistakes as learning opportunities, but do expect all efforts to be characterized by: 1) high levels of collaboration and trust, 2) a company-first mentality, 3) a commitment to ensure mistakes are not repeated, and 4) a consistent effort to improve.
- Self-Discipline Each employee takes full responsibility for fulfilling his/her commitments, thus minimizing the need for company oversight and bureaucracy and maximizing entrepreneurial potential.
Our founders, Juergen Fehr and Jack Peers are responsible for the core values and philosophies that continue to be a strong part of Fehr & Peers’ culture today. Jack and Juergen met for the first time in Washington D.C. in 1971 while working for the same transportation planning firm. Juergen and Jack’s professional relationship blossomed while working on a large project in Boston. Jack and his family relocated to Boston while Juergen commuted from Washington D.C. frequently, splitting his time with other projects. Soon after the Boston project was completed, Jack’s work required him to move to Berkeley, California. Jack had planned to return to England, but it wasn’t long before he and his family fell in love with the Bay Area and decided to make it their home. Around the same time, Juergen also decided to move his family back to California to help solve growing traffic and transportation problems in the Bay Area. Jack returned to school in the early 80s to sharpen his business skills and provide better client service. He obtained his MBA and together, Jack and Juergen started dreaming about owning their own firm. Using every spare moment, Juergen and Jack developed a business plan for what would eventually become Fehr & Peers. Jack and Juergen’s hard work paid off— Fehr & Peers opened for business in May of 1985. Jerry Walters joined Jack and Juergen as a partner in the firm. The core values and philosophies that Jack, Juergen, and Jerry established in the firm’s early years continue to be a strong part of Fehr & Peers’ culture today.
Juergen Fehr, a native of Germany, completed his master’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Braunschweig in Germany in 1961. After working as a city planning consultant in Germany, he moved to the United States to earn his traffic engineering certification at Yale University. At that time, traffic engineering was an emerging field and the Bureau of Highway Traffic program at Yale was the most well-defined traffic engineering program in the United States. After finishing at Yale in 1963, Juergen accepted a position in San Francisco to assist with planning the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. The project represented state-of-the-art design and engineering challenges. Following the BART project, Juergen worked on transportation projects in the Atlanta, Georgia region. In 1971, he accepted a position in Washington D.C. Juergen’s work experience in urban transportation projects in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and Venezuela helped him recognize the important relationship that exists between the economic vitality of a city and the quality of its transportation systems. As a result, Juergen made it his career goal to provide the most efficient movement of people and goods in urban regions while creating and preserving an attractive living environment.
Jack Peers, a native of England, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Liverpool. After completing his degree, Jack worked as a civil engineer for five years, mainly in structural design. Jack’s hands-on work experience opened his eyes to the social implications of his work. Impassioned to make a positive impact on the communities he served through his work, Jack attended the University of Birmingham to earn his master’s degree in transportation planning and environmental design. After obtaining his master’s degree, Jack accepted a position in Research and Development at the Greater London Council. During this time, Jack designed transportation solutions throughout Europe and Yugoslavia before moving to Washington D.C. in 1971.
Clients hire Fehr & Peers because of our commitment to being the best at what we do. We live out this commitment in three distinct ways…
We survey every client at the completion of every project to assess their satisfaction and to identify areas for improvement.
“I just want to thank you again for creating a culture within your organization that empowers and enables your team members to deliver the highest customer satisfaction and work product. They never cease to amaze me and exceed my expectations. I always feel like I am getting a great value by working with your team as the projects we work on get awards, highlighted at conferences, and become best practices or other jurisdictions call us for information and want to emulate what we are doing. That comes from the passion that your team brings to the table!”
“I have found Fehr & Peers to be particularly effective in studies that involved complex operational issues or controversy. Recent projects that they have been involved in include the evaluation of a proposed expansion of the Galleria Mall along with the preparation of a site access traffic analysis, preparation of plans and specifications for multiple traffic signals, and the design and layout of triple left turn lanes at a major intersection within the City. With all of these projects, I have found their staff to be responsive and knowledgeable. They are clearly leaders in the transportation field and highly respected by me, my staff, and the City of Roseville.”
“I wanted to drop you this note to indicate how incredibly fortunate I have been to be your partner on this project. Brian Welch was an outstanding leader for our Vision Los Angeles team, and Michael Kennedy did an amazing job making sense out of all of it. And to have the talents of Steve Brown on top of all that has been icing on the cake! I cannot adequately express my gratitude to you enough, but please accept my most sincere appreciation for your expert team, your commitment to something meaningful and your partnership. I look forward to more in the future.”
“Thank you for conducting a very professional investigation in Thousand Oaks. Your team was patient, courteous and accurate in responding to our many questions. It was also a pleasure just to work with them. The recommendations, ideas and technical suggestions they offered will make an important difference in pedestrian safety in our town. We feel the recommendations are sound and we anticipate projects in the near future that will improve our pedestrian crossing areas. Please let the team know that the City of Thousand Oaks really appreciates their help.”
“I was most impressed with the flexibility that Fehr & Peers staff demonstrated… Fehr & Peers staff was always available for additional meetings and small additional tasks without constantly seeking budget and scope adjustments… Should you choose to contract with Fehr & Peers, I sincerely hope that your experience with them will be as good as mine.”
“Fehr & Peers, the traffic engineers have a very good reputation, and I really understand why. After carefully reading the traffic and the TDM recommendations, it was not only easy to understand, but it just seemed really creative, really thinking, and cutting edge. Kudos for hiring high quality professionals.”
“I would like to express my admiration to Fehr & Peers that have the foresight to carry out research into this field – transport consultancies usually shy away (ignore even) from such insight research pieces. From my personal experience, I realised that most consultancies are solely focused on projects that will bring profit in the short term, rather than keeping an eye on longer term transformational impacts.”
“I recommend Fehr & Peers as a transportation consultant. In short, their work and deliverables are outstanding, their client interaction is responsive and supportive, and their breadth of knowledge is tremendously valuable. As an RTD employee on the FasTracks program, I work with consultants from a variety of firms on a daily basis and rarely do I encounter a firm with the kind of professionalism and quality work that Fehr & Peers provides.”
“Carrie Modi works at Fehr & Peers, the transportation engineers who helped the City of Richmond put together the bike and ped plan. She spent hours helping us to put this grant together. The data FP produced was essential to be competitive. if we get this grant, a huge thank you goes to Fehr & Peers and their work to help us out. Thank you Carrie.”
*In 2015, the Yellow Brick Road as awarded a $6,209,000 grant from the Caltrans Active Transportation Program. Click here to learn more about the Yellow Brick Road project.