Federal grants experience to assist clients nationwide in delivering transit projects that improve urban mobility
ARLINGTON, Va., (March 23, 2020) – Sean Libberton has joined HNTB as a national transit practice consultant and vice president. Based in the firm’s Arlington office, Libberton provides strategic advisory services for transit clients nationwide, focusing on navigating the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant program, transit corridor planning/alternatives analysis, project evaluation, and U.S. Department of Transportation discretionary grants.
Libberton brings 27 years of experience to HNTB, including more than 20 years at FTA, where he formerly managed FTA’s Office of CIG Project Planning and Analysis and served as deputy associate administrator for the Office of Program Management. While at FTA, Libberton developed many of the CIG project development and evaluation procedures that guide advancement of candidate transit investments through the program’s competitive process.
He oversaw the evaluation of more than 60 candidate New Starts and Small Starts projects, 20 of which resulted in multi-year federal funding commitments. Successful projects which entered into Full Funding Grant Agreements under Libberton’s leadership, and which are now in operation, include commuter rail lines in metropolitan Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, and Portland, Oregon; LRT extensions in Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, and Salt Lake City; and starter LRT systems in Phoenix and Charlotte, North Carolina.
“Cities nationwide seek innovative transit solutions to growing mobility challenges and Sean’s experience and expertise will help them make ideas reality,” said Ronnie Hakim, transit/rail market sector leader and senior vice president for HNTB Corporation.
Since joining the private sector, Libberton has advised transit agencies across the country in advancing projects through the CIG project development process. He authored the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority’s successful Expression of Interest for its BART Phase II Extension to downtown San Jose to participate in FTA’s new Expedited Project Delivery Pilot Program – the only project to be accepted into the program to date. Libberton also has managed transit corridor studies in Atlanta and Detroit and overseen financial analyses and alternatives evaluation for planning projects in Buffalo, New York, Indianapolis, Northern Virginia, St. Louis, Missouri, and the Twin Cities.
Libberton also is an expert in USDOT’s National Infrastructure Investments, currently known as Better Utilizing Infrastructure to Leverage Development grants. He has written or advised on 18 winning applications since 2013, including transit projects in Baltimore, Detroit, Oakland, California, and Salt Lake City.
Libberton is active in the American Public Transportation Association and a regular attendee and speaker at Railvolution. He earned a master’s in urban and regional planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor of Arts in urban planning and political science from the University of California at San Diego.
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