Transit and Rail Expert Michael Booth Joins HNTB in Chicago as Transit Planning Group Director
CHICAGO – Michael Booth, AICP, has joined HNTB Corporation as transit planning group director and associate vice president, based in the firm’s Chicago office. He brings over 33 years of industry expertise, with a focus on major transportation, transit and infrastructure capital projects, including experience in project management for the Chicago Transit Authority and other transit agencies.
In his new role at HNTB, Booth leads HNTB’s Chicago transit planning practice, focusing on service and delivery for key transit and rail clients throughout the region in addition to serving as a project and program manager for various transit projects. He also will provide support to HNTB’s transit and rail clients nationwide.
“Michael’s extensive experience in project and program management and knowledge of the transit market locally enables him to deliver innovative solutions to transit agencies throughout Chicago,” said Mark Becherer, PE, HNTB Chicago office leader and vice president. “He is a proven team-builder who understands what it takes to bring together the right resources to deliver on our clients’ most complex projects and programs.”
Prior to joining HNTB, Booth’s focus was on regional and national transit projects, including serving as program and new starts manager on two major commuter rail projects in the Midwest and leading the federal grant process for Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link light rail extension in Seattle.
His transit and rail experience includes commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit and transit programs and projects in both the planning and design phases. He also brings significant experience in project compliance with the Federal Transit Administration, the Federal Highway Administration, and other federal entities.
Booth’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in urban planning from Seattle Pacific University and certification in community planning from the University of Washington.
In Chicago, HNTB currently is working on, or has been involved with, some of the region’s most significant infrastructure projects, including serving as lead designer and providing construction oversight services for the Chicago Transit Authority’s Wilson Station reconstruction project, program management for the Illinois Tollway’s $14 billion Move Illinois program, lead designer for Phases 1 and 2 of the Chicago Department of Transportation’s Lakefront Trail, and owner’s representative services for the Chicago Department of Aviation’s O’Hare and Midway Capital Improvement Programs.
HNTB Corporation is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. With more than a century of service in the United States and more than 50 years in Illinois, HNTB continues to grow in size and service offerings to clients, currently employing more than 150 full-time professionals in the state. HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. 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.