Assistant Director, Multimodal Planning Division
Mike Kies currently serves as the assistant director for the Multimodal Planning Division, which oversees all statewide planning, state and local programming activities, data and analysis, transit and airport grants programs, the Local Public Agency section, Asset Management, and the Research Center.
Mike has a long history of planning transportation infrastructure throughout Arizona. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Mike started his career in the consulting community, contributing to long-range visions for several of our key transportation corridors, such as the Hoover Dam Bypass project and Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. Following 25 years in the private sector, Mike joined ADOT's Multimodal Planning Division in 2011 to lead the planning of a potential passenger rail system between Phoenix and Tucson. Later that same year, he was promoted to manage the Planning and Programming group within MPD. In this role, he has initiated the planning of a potential new interstate corridor that could provide a new connection between Arizona, Nevada and beyond (Interstate 11 and the Intermountain West Corridor), and he is working to transform ADOT's programming process to a transparent, logical link with our planning efforts based on system performance (P2P Link).
Mike is a recent graduate of the AASHTO National Transportation Leadership Institute in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona and is a professional registered engineer in the state of Arizona.