Effective public transportation is amongst the most important topics facing a densifying and urbanizing world. It holds the potential to improve livelihoods by providing access to jobs and affordable housing. It can drive sustainable development and improve the urban environment. There are public health benefits and social equity outcomes from robust transit options. But achieving balance, timely investment, sustainable finances and harnessing economic benefits has been a perennial challenge for transit agencies and their government masters worldwide.
HGA has the first-hand, global experience in examining these issues, working in direct consultation and partnership with governments to craft strategies and solutions. HGA has the ability to balance considerations of the 50,000 ft view along with the nitty gritty of practical, day-to-day operational constraints. We consider public demands, agency capabilities, and government limitations to create a balanced set of plans and portfolio of projects/investments to improve public connectivity and communication. Often times this requires looking beyond the specific service at hand and considering the interconnected and symbiotic nature of modalities, price signals and socio-economic factors that come to play in transit.
Public Transit and Connectivity Experience
For the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the 5th largest transit system operator in the US, Mr. Hauber served as the lead in creation of a 20-year development strategy to enhance and re-vision commuter rail services.
Coordinated all aspects of assessment, planning, analysis and solution scenarios. Led a multidisciplinary consultant team covering facets such as engineering, systems, economics, urban planning, communications. Worked closely with regional development planning organizations to develop latest projections for origins and destinations based on emerging demographic, economic trends and employment patters.
Assessed modes of travel, social-economic segmentation, current preferences, and emerging technologies. Developed staged implementation scenarios for future system design, investment and operations, looking at end-state targets, medium-term transformative investments, and short-term catalytic improvements needed to realize the strategy.