Brad Thoburn has joined Michael Baker International as vice president and southeast regional transit and Surface Transportation planning lead, the company announced Oct. 3.
In his new position, Thoburn will be responsible for the development and management of the region’s transit and planning business plan and growth strategy.
“Brad’s industry knowledge allows us to provide another level of service and expertise to Michael Baker’s Rail and Transit clients in the Southeast,” said Jennifer Lewis, senior vice president and regional director of Michael Baker’s southeast region. “He is heavily engaged in our community and is recognized as an expert in his field. We have many clients in the Southeast who predict an influx of transit service needs in the years ahead, and Brad’s background in long-range planning is a valuable resource they can utilize.”
Thoburn has more than 25 years of experience in public administration, including 18 years of experience with senior management roles focused on transportation, transit, planning and public policy, officials said.
Recently, Thoburn held the role of vice president of planning and development at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA). During that time, officials said Thoburn oversaw long-range system planning, strategic planning, transportation innovation, project development and regional coordination activities.
He has also focused on developing strategies to adapt to emerging technologies and trends associated with autonomous and connected vehicles and mobility within the city of Jacksonville.
“The transportation sector is at an exciting crossroads when new innovations and technology will challenge traditional transit services and how we plan for transportation in general,” Thoburn said. “I’m excited to be part of the Michael Baker team working with our transportation partners to develop innovative, sound and sustainable mobility solutions.”
Before he joined the JTA, Thoburn served as the State Transportation Development Administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), where he helped manage major state transportation plans and initiatives.
Thoburn started his career as a congressional aide, supplying policy guidance during the reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Act (TEA-21). He has also served as a policy adviser for two mayors and as director of planning and development for the city of Jacksonville.