Most recently, Rago was deputy chief engineer of capital construction for Amtrak where he managed multiple programs across the Amtrak system, valued at $800 million.
“Joe’s extraordinary level of program management experience and technical knowledge of the Northeast Corridor’s rail infrastructure network provides our clients with much-needed critical expertise as we work together to create rail systems that will support economic growth today and into the future,” said Mike Sweeney, PE, HNTB Northeast Division president.
At HNTB, Rago is involved in the pursuit and delivery of complex rail programs and projects across the northeast United States.
A licensed engineer in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, Rago graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is a member of the American Railroad Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, Air Conditioning Engineers and was a contributing author of “Design of Diesel Ventilation Systems” for the ASHRAE systems handbook.
HNTB’s Northeast Division rail transit practice has more than 350 multi-disciplined professionals located in New York City; Albany, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Chelmsford, Massachusetts and Philadelphia. The firm is currently involved in many of the region’s most visible and important rail projects, including program management services for Amtrak’s Baltimore Tunnel and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s extension of PATH service to Newark Liberty International Airport, construction manager for the renewal and rehabilitation of New York City Transit’s Sea Beach line, and design support services for New Jersey Transit in the implementation of Positive Train Control technology as well as numerous other projects for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority among others.
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and contractors. With more than a century of service, including more than 90 years in New York, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. HNTB’s New York offices currently employ more than 400 full-time professionals in nine tri-state locations. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program management and construction management. For more information, visit www.hntb.com.