APTA | Passenger Transport
December 20, 2010

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Read the classifieds in this issue to learn about 7 bids & proposals and 7 transit job opportunities!


People on the Move

Ken Schwartz
WATERTOWN, MA—Ken Schwartz, AICP, the corporate planning practice leader for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), has relocated from the firm’s Watertown, MA, headquarters to its newest office in White Plains, NY.

Schwartz, an award-winning NCI Charrette Planner®, brings 25 years of experience to the White Plains team, which recently joined VHB as a result of the acquisition of the planning and development firm Saccardi & Schiff in October 2010.

Prior to joining VHB 10 years ago, Schwartz served as director of environmental planning and permitting for the Massachusetts Port Authority.

William G. Murphy
HARTFORD, CT—Urban Engineers has hired William G. Murphy, P.E., as manager of the firm’s New England regional office in Hartford.

Murphy has 30 years of experience. Prior to joining Urban, he was director of engineering for a multi-discipline civil and transportation engineering firm, and previously the vice president/regional manager for two major New England consulting firms.

Barry J. Schulz
TAMPA, FL—PBS&J, an Atkins company, has announced the appointment of Barry J. Schulz, P.E.. AICP, as the company’s Transportation Group president.

Schulz is a longtime employee of PBS&J, starting in 1998 as the company’s first transportation employee in Denver. He succeeds Max D. Crumit.

Habib Shamskhou

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Habib Shamskhou has joined Stantec as its global Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) discipline leader in the company’s transportation practice, based in the San Francisco office.

Shamskhou has more than 30 years experience in the transportation field. Most recently he was vice president for a national planning, transportation, and engineering firm, where he directed the national ITS practice and was responsible for program management, business development, and overall operation of the company.

Nancy Olewiler, Barry Forbes, Don Rose
BURNABY, BC—The Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation has reappointed Nancy Olewiler to a second three-year term and named two new directors, Barry Forbes and Don Rose, to the TransLink board, effective Jan. 1, 2011. The new directors succeed Dale Parker, the outgoing chair, and David Unruh.

Forbes is president and chief executive officer of Westminster Savings and Credit Union. Rose has 25 years experience in commercial and corporate law and more than 12 years in senior governance roles.

Also, the TransLink board elected Olewiler, a professor in the Department of Economics and director of the Graduate Public Policy Program at Simon Fraser University, as its chair in 2011.

Steve Reffitt
LONDON, UK—Parsons Brinckerhoff has named Steve Reffitt its U.K. operations director.

Reffitt has almost 30 years of engineering and construction industry experience, the majority in the U.K. consultant market working for WSP and Atkins. At WSP, he was responsible for new business growth for a group comprising 2,500 engineers and specialists engaged in transportation, energy, industrial, infrastructure, and public and private building consulting. For Atkins, he was an operational leader with responsibility for a range of businesses, including serving as head of structural engineering.

Thomas Davis Jr.

MECHANICSBURG, PA—Urban Engineers has promoted Thomas Davis Jr. to practice leader of inspection services in the Mechanicsburg office.

Davis, who has more than 25 years of construction services experience, joined Urban in 1997 and has served as an inspector and supervisor for numerous projects throughout Pennsylvania.

Drew Jones
LOS ANGELES, CA—Drew Jones has joined Tectrans in the new role of senior vice president for safety and risk management, based in the firm’s Los Angeles headquarters.

Jones has 25 years of experience in safety, security and risk management, including 18 years as a paramedic. For the past decade, he has provided leadership for major passenger transportation companies, both nationally and internationally, and has served on the board of delegates for the National Safety Council.

Nathan Higgins
CALGARY, AB—HDR announced the appointment of Nathan Higgins as an associate vice president responsible for managing the company’s rail and transit engineering practice across Canada. He will be based in the firm’s Calgary office.

Prior to joining HDR, Higgins was a vice president with Hatch Mott MacDonald. He has more than 22 years of experience planning, designing, and constructing freight, commuter, and light rail systems, including high-speed rail. He has led major transit programs and administered numerous multidiscipline design and construction projects.

Carm Basile
ALBANY, NY—Carm Basile, chief executive officer of the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), has been elected to a three-year term as president of the New York Public Transportation Association.

Basile, a 28-year employee of CDTA, was named to the top position in 2009. He served earlier as deputy executive director of business development, chief of staff, director of marketing, and transportation planner.

For APTA, he is a member of the Bus and Paratransit CEOs Committee; Legislative Committee; Marketing-Economic Vitality Subcommittee; and Marketing and Communications Committee.

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