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Jairo Viafara, AICP
Transportation, Social, & Neighborhood Planner
  • Comprehensive urban and transportation planning projects and corridor studies

  • Helps clients with energy efficiency and emission reduction mandates

  • Statistical analysis, survey design, GIS, environmental justice and equity analysis

Specialties of Excellence
  • Corridor Planning / Mgt

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning and Safety

  • Fluent English, Spanish

  • Public & stakeholder coordination


Jairo is originally from Colombia but has lived in Winnipeg/Manitoba, Canada for many years.  He is well connected in Canada, Florida, Minnesota, and North Dakota, where he is frequently called upon by MPO, DOT, and municipal clients.  He specializes in Corridor Planning, Bike/Pedestrian Planning, and Safety Analysis.  He organizes public and stakeholder involvement efforts and he is valued by the Hispanic community for his fluent Spanish communication.  

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In addition to excellent projects, Jairo is an accomplished researcher and social analyst.  As noted and linked to above, he has published research and articles regarding consumer attitudes toward electric cars, green trucking programs in Canada, and visions of the future from sustainable transport leaders.  He has presented on Transportation Impacts on Human Health at the Vehicle Technology International Conference, and on pedestrian safety improvements at more localized conferences.

Project Examples
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Writing a Successful Complete Streets Policy:
Task leader for workshop and policy for the Grand Forks, ND Metropolitan planning Organization as part of their Bicycle and Pedestrian Element update.  Included coordination with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), North Dakota (NDDOT) and Minnesota Departments of Transportation (MNDOT), and the Complete Streets Coalition.

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Grand Forks, ND, Safe Routes to School:  The Discovery Elementary School Safe Route to School study addressed transportation infrastructure, access, safety and mobility for pedestrians, bicyclists and other non-motorized users on the transportation network in proximity to the Discovery Elementary School site in Grand Forks, ND

Bicycle & Pedestrian Element, 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan:  Jairo served as the lead for developing the bike / ped element of the MPO's transportation plan.

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Education and History
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  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Master’s Degree City Planning, (1997). University of Manitoba.


  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE Leadership Class, 2018)

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