Rob Kusner is a mathematician and (since 1988) a professor at UMass Amherst. Before serving on Amherst's Conservation Commission and Select Board, he led the town's Public Transportation & Bicycling Committee, working with Art Swift and Pete Westover to design the multi-use path joining the MCRT to the UMass Amherst campus, now known as Swift Way.
Most recently, as chair of the Norwottuck Rail Trail Advisory Committee, he guided the redesign and reconstruction for the MCRT's first segment through Amherst, Hadley and Northampton.
Rob helped found Norwottuck Network, and was also a founder and former co-president of the nonprofit North Amherst Community Farm. His first "rails-to-trails" efforts date back to the early 1970s when (as a middle-schooler) he tried to resurrect Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Trolley line.