Transit and rail

Lynchpin to a truly multimodal transportation network

As the U.S. moves toward a more multimodal transportation network, rail and transit are a vital piece of the infrastructure puzzle. As millennials and baby boomers alike migrate to urban areas, the role of public transportation is becoming increasingly important to commuters and city residents who desire convenience and affordability. Robust public transportation also has proven to increase property values and entice new residents, entertainment venues and businesses to urban areas when implemented. 

Recognizing these emerging trends, HNTB conducted a national America THINKS survey in 2016 to measure attitudes about transit-oriented development. The survey found that nearly three in four Americans (73 percent) would support changes in land use or zoning regulations in their community that encourage transit-oriented development. It also found the more than half (55 percent) of Americans so value the ability to get to work and play without using a vehicle that they are willing to pay more for their mortgage or rent in order to have this option. 

Diana Mendes, AICP, is HNTB’s national transit/rail practice leader. In this role, she is responsible for strategic planning and implementation, industry representation, business development, service delivery and client satisfaction. She has 31 years of comprehensive experience in the transportation and public transit markets. 

After the 2016 presidential election, Mendes authored a Viewpoint about Americans voting 'yes' on transit initiatives. Of the historic 49 transit-related funding initiatives on 2016 ballots nationwide, about 70 percent passed, revealing a major shift in how the public views the role and benefits of public transportation. 

Mendes recently conducted a nationwide radio media tour highlighting first- and last-mile transit options and growing popularity of public transportation.  

HNTB is a trusted adviser and provider of innovative rail and transit solutions to the nation’s largest transit authorities. The firm plans, designs and constructs rail and public transportation systems and facilities for all modes of transit across the country. We manage projects from initial conceptual design and feasibility studies to environmental assessments and permitting, from preliminary engineering to final design and construction management. HNTB’s additional rail and transit services and capabilities include architecture, planning, tunnels, design-build systems engineering, and safety and security. 

To view HNTB's rail and transit brochure, click here.

Selected HNTB Thought Leadership

•    Squeezing success into urban spaces
•    Streetcars: How the modern version reinvigorates urban corridors
•    Bus Rapid Transit

Selected Media

•    Newsweek: Blurred (transit) lines: Apps like Uber are the new public transport
•    ENR: Ten Minutes With HNTB's Diana Mendes
•    USA TODAY: Mass transit gets boost from ridesharing
•    The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley (radio): Diana Mendes discusses public transit support and regulation 
•    The Hill: Why voters said 'yes' to public transportation on Nov. 8
•    Roads & Bridges: No. 4 - Honolulu Rail Transit Project
•    USA Today: Easy Access
•    Hartford Courant: Connecticut banks on transit-oriented development
•    Realtor Mag: Americans will pay more to live near transit
•    Crain’s New York Business: Reinventing our transit system would cost $45 billion—and be worth every penny
•    Better Homes and Gardens: Real Estate Roundup
•    Orlando Business Journal: Americans favor land-use changes that encourage transit-oriented development