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Rena Ferris

Senior Associate

As a native of the Philadelphia Main Line, Rena Ferris brings a rich background in transportation and regional planning to Wells + Associates. Rena has more than a decade of experience in environmental, transportation, regional and municipal planning within the public and private sectors of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Rena has deep experience building partnerships with developers and regulatory agencies to create and develop Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies in the Philadelphia suburban region, including King of Prussia. Her work has involved the preparation and submission of environmental impact studies; developing regional and municipal comprehensive plans; and, creating, implementing and marketing TDM programs. 


Q+A

+How did you get interested in Transportation Planning?

I have had many influences. My mother was a Tredyffrin Township Supervisor for 20 years and she serves on the Chester County Planning Commission.  I also grew up in Chesterbrook, this area’s first planned community, which at the time represented a radical departure from the typical mixed-use development.  In addition, my first job out of college was working at the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association in King of Prussia, PA. Our Executive Director, Peter Quinn, was passionate about TOD and TDM.  His enthusiasm was contagious.

+How do you relax?

Iyengar yoga + gardening

+Favorite subjects in school?

City planning, Organizational Management, Photojournalism

+Favorite movie?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind or Iron Man – tough call.

+Favorite quote?

“To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.”  - Isaac Bashevis Singer 


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Film, Photography, Art History, Ithaca College
MSA, Urban and Regional Planning, West Chester University


Sample projects

Chester County Comprehensive Plan: Landscapes

Atlantic City Tangier Premium Outlet Center

Delaware Valley Regional Share-A-Ride program

The Rambler: Upper Merion Township shuttle system

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