We value collaboration, teamwork, and projects where the client is closely involved and has ownership of the product.
Current Transportation Solutions, Inc.
For over a decade, Current Transportation Solutions has specialized in helping small cities and rural areas improve the effectiveness and cost efficiency of transportation services for their residents and visitors. We build a team of highly qualified professionals on every project and tailor our approach to address the project's unique objectives. We strive for close communication and collaboration with the client and key stakeholders, and we assess challenges and opportunities from a big picture perspective. We believe that transportation and land use are integrated. For different types of projects we can bring:
- Professional expertise in data analysis including demographics, performance measures, GIS, and economic assessments;
- Extensive experience implementing successful community outreach to engage diverse stakeholders in developing creative and practical solutions;
- In-depth knowledge of funding sources, marketing and business planning;
- Strong research skills and extensive knowledge of successful models from communities throughout the nation
Lisa Ballard, P.E., President
Lisa is a transportation professional who works across disciplines and jurisdictions. Within the context of policy, planning, and operations, she brings practical experience in transportation system analysis, cost-benefit analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and business management.
In 2004, Ms. Ballard established Current Transportation Solutions where she has focused on transportation in small communities. She has completed Transit Development Plans for numerous Montana communities, conducted mobility management work with four Michigan communities and two of five of Idaho’s regions, and developed intercity bus plans in Idaho and Montana. In Glacier National Park, she helped establish their shuttle system. She also has been heavily involved in various clean energy and transportation initiatives in the Greater Yellowstone region spanning Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.
Ms. Ballard’s experience in transportation engineering and planning includes a decade of work with public transportation in Bozeman, Montana. She served on the board for the senior and disabled transportation provider, Galavan, from 2000-2004. Prior to the 2006 start of Streamline fixed route service her work and advocacy shaped the funding, initial routes, organizational structure, choice in vehicles, and identity. She served as the Bozeman’s transportation coordinator from 2005-2009 where, among other duties, she was responsible for collaborating with organizations across southwest Montana.
From 2000 to 2004 Lisa researched rural ITS, traveler information, weather and winter mobility, and community transportation at the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University. In this position she co-authored the Montana Handbook for Coordinated Transportation; assessed state DOT's use of road weather information systems; helped deploy the 511 traveler information system for Montana; worked with researchers on a pavement temperature thermal model; and worked on a pilot to share weather data among incident responders.
Ms. Ballard started her career at National Engineering Technology (now Delcan) in southern California, where she did systems engineering, design, testing, documentation, and training for freeway management systems, multi-jurisdictional transportation management systems, and regional ITS planning.
A civil engineering graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and University of California Irvine, Lisa currently lives in Missoula and is a registered engineer in Montana and California.
Ted Lange, Multi-Modal Planner
Ted Lange has worked for Current Transportation Solutions since 2011, playing significant roles on a wide range of projects – conducting research, policy analysis, stakeholder and public outreach, and developing marketing strategies. He has helped manage projects and writes and edits reports. Mr. Lange has extensive experience building and working with broad-based partnerships to design and implement projects. He also many years of communications, writing and editing experience.
As Community Trails Planner for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, he helped plan and implement a wide range of projects working with partners at all levels of government and the private sector, as well as many community organizations. These projects included working with local government staff and developers to review and improve proposed trails and bicycle-pedestrian facilities in dozens of subdivisions as well as incorporation of these facilities into road improvement projects. He worked with broad-based partnerships on development of Bozeman’s Parks, Recreation, Open Space & Trails (PROST) Plan; Gallatin County’s “Interconnect” Parks and Trails Plan and Transportation in Subdivisions Regulations; the Bozeman Area Transportation Plan; and several city and county neighborhood plans. Through this work he has developed an in-depth knowledge of many aspects of bicycle-pedestrian planning, policy and project development.
Mr. Lange also has a broad range of organizational skills and political experience developed through more than twenty years of work with public interest organizations as well as the Montana State University Extension Service. These skills include extensive communications experience; political experience gained through his work with local governments and three sessions as a lobbyist at the Montana Legislature; and a successful track record of grant writing for foundation and government funding ranging from $3,000 to over $200,000.