Paul Kaufmann joins HNTB as senior director of bus fleets for transit & rail practice

Nationally recognized expert brings four decades of experience in the procurement, zero- emission transition and operation of bus fleets and maintenance facility design

BOSTON (April 10, 2024) – Paul Kaufmann has joined HNTB as senior director of bus fleets and associate vice president, serving the firm’s transit and rail practice. Recognized throughout the industry as a leading technical expert in the procurement of bus fleets, facilities and operations, Kaufmann will serve as a technical resource and subject matter expert to public transit agencies as they maintain and grow their bus fleets and facilities and examine conversion to zero-emission propulsion technologies.

“The addition of Paul to our industry-leading experts in fleet and facilities enhances our ability to serve transit agencies as they assess options on how to best procure, manage and operate vehicle types and supporting facilities, including zero-emission bus technology options,” said David Diaz, fleet and facilities practice lead and senior vice president. “His extensive background and experience in all types of buses and facilities, combined with his commitment to delivering innovative and high-quality solutions will bring tremendous value to our clients on their most important priorities.”

Prior to joining HNTB, Kaufmann served as the director of roadway transit vehicle engineering for another consulting firm. Over the past 40 years, Kaufmann has worked on the specification, procurement and operation of bus fleets and supporting facilities, including a vast array of experience in bus fleet and facility electrification and the retrofit and initial design of facilities. He also brings expertise in all vehicles and propulsion types, including diesel, hybrid electric, compressed natural gas and battery powered and fuel cell electric buses, paratransit and nonrevenue vehicles.

For 20 years of his career, Kaufmann served as the senior director of bus equipment design and engineering for NJ TRANSIT. In that role, he oversaw the procurement of rolling stock fleets, paratransit vans and nonrevenue vehicles, as well as management of warranty administration, in-plant quality assurance inspections and product testing for one of the largest bus fleets in the United States.

Kaufmann holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.