We are a transportation planning and transportation engineering firm that uses technology and innovation to advance integrated, functional, and implementable solutions that meet the transportation challenges our cities are facing in the 21st century. We work with clients and communities to enhance mobility by providing quality planning, design, and operations services.
We are experts connecting communities.

Our Culture

As an employee-owned company, everyone at DKS shares responsibility in leading our firm to success. We focus on results that ensure our transportation systems serve all members of the community, including those who walk, bike, take transit, drive, or transport goods. Our life’s work helps to build safer and more efficient communities that offer a variety of transportation options.

Our Values

  • Meaningful Difference: We shape a smarter transportation experience.

  • Expertise: We thrive in solving technically complex transportation challenges.

  • Client Satisfaction: We actively listen to our clients and partners and respond to them in ways that exceed their expectations.


  • Opportunity: We create growth opportunities for our employees.

  • Trustworthy: We honor integrity, honesty and fairness.

  • Teamwork: We commit to achieving our goals by working as one team.

DKS is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

DKS recognizes that transportation planning and engineering impact diverse and complex communities with varying views and perspectives.

The DKS Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee is a group of rotating employee-owners who provide input and propose actions on DEIB initiatives to DKS leadership.

Find out more about DEIB at DKS

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Our Leadership

Our leaders ignite passion, authenticity, quality, and trust. We attract, invest in, and retain the best professionals in the industry and create a rewarding work environment.



Culture at DKS is of paramount importance to us. Providing a quality work environment with challenging projects for our employee-owners to work on is what makes our company great.

—Peter Coffey, President
DKS Associates

Our History

  • 1979

    Charles E. DeLeuw Jr., William H. Dietrich, Hans W. Korve, Michael A. Kennedy, Richard Sauve and Daniel T. Smith Jr., form DKS Associates. The firm is based in Oakland, California and provides consulting services in traffic engineering, transportation planning and parking. All individuals have been with the traffic and transportation division of DeLeuw Cather & Company in San Francisco over the past 6-14 years.

  • 1985

    DKS is selected to lead the traffic engineering design and transit priority project for Long Beach Los Angeles Blue Line LRT, the first LRT line in the LA Metro area.

  • 1989

    John Long relocates from the Oakland office to open a Sacramento office. Key clients include the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the City of Sacramento, the County of Sacramento, and Caltrans.

  • 1990

    Randy McCourt and Peter Coffey move from Oakland to open the first non-California office in Portland, Oregon.

  • 1995

    Jerry Wentzel joins DKS and opens the Tampa, Florida office, establishing a long-standing relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation.

  • 1999

    Chris Long moves from the Oakland office to start the Puget Sound office after winning the Seattle Central Link LRT Final Traffic Engineering project with Sound Transit. The project continued for over ten years through construction and operations of LRT out of downtown along Martin Luther King Boulevard to Tukwila.

  • 2005

    DKS wins the DART/City of Dallas Downtown LRT Traffic Signal System project and opens its Texas office.

  • 2008

    Scott Mansur moves from the Portland office to open the Salem office, expanding the firm’s work with the City of Salem, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and Marion County.

  • 2011

    DKS becomes a 100% employee-owned corporation as an S-Corp ESOP.

  • 2015

    DKS hires Adrian Pearmine as the National Director for Smart Cities and Connected Vehicles.

  • 2017

    Past President Randy McCourt receives ITE Lifetime Achievement Award. View the video.

  • 2017

    Peter Coffey elected DKS President. Chris Maciejewski transitions to Chief Operating Officer and Jim Peters assumes the role of Chief Business Development Officer. This trio forms DKS’ newly formed Executive Leadership Team.

  • 2019

    DKS celebrates 40 years of success thanks to dedicated clients and a talented staff whose mission is to shape a smarter transportation experience.


Awards and Recognition

We strive for excellence not just for its own sake but for the impact it has on our communities.


  • 2022 Diversity Champion Recognition Award: ACEC Bay Bridge Chapter
  • 2022 Project of the Year Award for the North 12th Complete Street Project: American Public Works Association Sacramento Chapter
  • 2021 Outstanding Bikeway & Trails Project for North 12th Complete Street Project: ASCE Sacramento Section
  • 2020 Project of the Year Award for the North Access Road Pedestrian and Bike Improvements Project: APWA Silicon Valley
  • 2020 Marketing Communications Award for Promotional Campaign - Mixed Media: SMPS National
  • 2018 Icon Award: Randy McCourt receives the Oregon Daily Journal of Commerce Icon Award
  • 2018 Economic Planning and Development Award of Excellence: American Planning Association California Chapter for the The City of Sacramento's Central City Specific Plan for Economic Planning and Development
  • 2018 ASLA Honor Award: Willamette Falls Riverwalk, OR: Kevin Chewuk recognized for his role as Transportation Planner
  • 2015 Best of ITS Award: OR 217 Active Traffic Management (ATM) Project, OR
  • 2015 ACEC Oregon Engineering Excellence Awards: OR 217 ATM Project and the Westside Freight Access and Logistics Analysis, OR
  • 2015 WTS Oregon Innovative Project of the Year: ODOT RealTime Program, OR
  • 2014 ASLA Merit Award for Planning: Willamette Falls Legacy Project, OR
  • 2014 PTV Conference: Sai Sirandas and Randy Johnson received the Best Abstract Award for their presentation on "A Multi-Resolution Modeling Approach for Supporting Bus Rapid Transit Design"
  • 2014 Orange County Transportation Planning APA Merit Award: Buena Park Beach Boulevard Multimodal Mobility Project, CA
  • 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission: David Mahama receives award for Arterial Operations Committee Chairmanship
  • 2013 FHWA National Safety Award: Bill Loudon recognized for extraordinary achievement by individuals working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on the nation’s roadways
  • 2013 APWA Merit Award: Mecca Roundabout Street Improvement, Riverside County, CA
  • 2013 ACEC Honor Award: South Auditorium District Lighting, Portland, OR

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