Infrastructure & Environment

Well-Known Washington Transportation Planner Killed

Ronald Kirby, 69, oversaw transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
November 12, 2013

A well-known transportation planner in the Washington, D.C-region was found killed in his Alexandria, Va. home, police said Tuesday.

Ronald Kirby, 69, was found dead due to multiple gunshot wounds Monday afternoon. A relative found him at 12:30 p.m., and medics pronounced him dead at the scene, according to Alexandria police.

Kirby served as director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the regional nonprofit serving 22 local governments in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

His death stunned the transportation community in Washington.

"His deep knowledge and wise counsel assisted local, state and national officials in reaching consensus on the major transportation issues over the years," said Chuck Bean, executive director of the COG, in a statement. "More importantly, he was a trusted colleague and a dear friend to all of us at the Council and his associates around the region."


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