Schaefer new NJT Chief Engineer, Capital Planning

Written by William Vantuono, editor-in-chief, Railway Age
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Richard Schaefer, P.E., has joined New Jersey Transit as Chief Engineer in the Capital Planning and Program department.

Schaefer comes to NJT from HNTB Corp., where he spent more than 18 years in various roles with increasing responsibility. Most recently, he served as Associate Vice President and Chief Bridge Engineer, and prior to that, Senior Technical Advisor and Project Engineer, based in the firm’s Parsipanny, N.J., office.

Schaefer is a structural engineer with diversified experience in highway and rail infrastructure planning, management and design. He has experience in all aspects of design and construction of transportation facilities ranging from the planning of multi-billion-dollar, multi-decade major capital investment programs, disaster recovery for major highways and bridges, and providing guidance and support to transportation infrastructure agencies. His worked has include been focused on modernization of bridges and structures along with authoring design manuals for transportation agencies.

Schaefer also has spent time in academia. He was an adjunct professor at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J., his alma mater, teaching a master’s class on Short Span Bridge Design. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from NJIT.

The news of Schaefer’s hiring comes just days after NJT announced a jump in capital expenditures.

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