Who We Are

Philadelphia was built by visionaries who preserved our water supply through the creation of parks, created neighborhoods along train lines and street cars, and brought people downtown to shop via subways and elevated lines. Today there are 9,537 transit stops throughout the city, 2,575 miles of streets, and over 6,500 miles of sewers and water mains running across the city. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is responsible for taking the “good bones” which make up Philadelphia’s infrastructure system and making sure they are responsive to the needs of the 21st Century. MOTU is made up of passionate administrators, planners, and do-ers who represent over 150 years of experience in transit, parking, biking and municipal operations planning.

Rina Cutler Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Utilities. The Deputy Mayor serves on the Boards of SEPTA, DVRPC, the Philadelphia Port Authority, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation. Previously Cutler served as Penn-DOT’s Deputy Secretary for Administration, the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, the Transportation Commissioner for the City of Boston, and the Director of Parking & Traffic for the City of San Francisco. Reporting agencies include the Philadelphia International Airport, the Water Department, the Streets Department, and the City’s Energy Office.

Ariel Ben – Amos – Senior Planner/Analyst. Ben-Amos has worked on transportation and transit oriented development initiatives for NeighborhoodsNow and Mt. Airy USA and served in the Peace Corps (Albania).

Stephen Buckley – Director of Planning and Policy. Buckley was a planner and project manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff before he joined the City.

Charles Carmalt – Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator. Carmalt has over 35 years in bicycle and pedestrian planning and was a consultant in New Jersey before joining the City.

Mardi Ditze – Energy Analyst. Ditze brings to the team more than 10 years experience in management, 6 years of renewable energy marketing and development and a passion for environmental stewardship.

John Elfrey – Director of Operations. Elfrey has worked in both the Revenue and Streets Departments as well as the Managing Directors Office. He was Acting Commissioner for License and Inspections before he joined the Office of Transportation and Utilities.

Patricia EllisTransit Advisor. Ellis has over a decade’s worth of experience with transit in the Mid-Atlantic Region, working at both the Delaware Transit Corporation (DART) and SEPTA.

Aaron Ritz - Bicycle/Pedestrian Program Planner. Ritz has worked on environmental and active transportation planning initiatives for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Clean Air Council.

Gustave Scheerbaum  - Bicycle/Pedestrian Safety Engineer. Scheerbaum is a professional engineer with over 15 years consulting experience in transportation engineering design and project management. He has served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a member of the State Transportation Advisory Committee since 2007.

Andrew Stober - Chief of Staff. Stober previously managed the investment analysis unit for Colorado’s Department of Transportation and worked as metropolitan and regional planner.

Kristin Sullivan - Energy Manager. Sullivan, comes to the City with over 10 years experience in energy management and renewable energy development. Sullivan, also served in the Peace Corps (Honduras) and biked from Alaska to Argentina to raise awareness on environmental issues.

Ema Yamamoto - Planner/Analyst. Yamamoto has experience designing civil infrastructure in New York City and mobility recommendations for the University of Pennsylvania.

Deborah Davis and Barbara Kopecki Executive Assistants. Davis and Kopecki have been with the City for over 30 years and without them the office would simply not run.

Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities
Municipal Services Building
1401 JFK Blvd, Suite 1430
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office Hours:
Monday thru Friday 9 - 5