Jacksonville, Fla. (October 3, 2018) - Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting services, today announced that Brad Thoburn has joined the firm as Vice President and Southeast Regional Transit and Surface Transportation Planning Lead. In this role, Mr. Thoburn will be responsible for the development and management of the region’s transit and planning business plan and growth strategy.
Mr. Thoburn brings more than 25 years of experience in public administration, including 18 years in senior management roles focusing on transportation, transit, planning and public policy. Most recently, Mr. Thoburn held the role of Vice President of Planning and Development at the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), where he was responsible for overseeing long-range system planning, strategic planning, transportation innovation, project development and regional coordination activities. Most recently, he was focused on developing strategies to respond to emerging technologies and trends associated with autonomous and connected vehicles and mobility within the City of Jacksonville.
“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.”
Mr. Thoburn added: "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. I'm excited to be part of the Michael Baker team working with our transportation partners to develop innovative, sound and sustainable mobility solutions."
Prior to joining the JTA, Mr. Thoburn was the State Transportation Development Administrator for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), where he assisted in managing major state transportation plans and initiatives.
Mr. Thoburn began his career as a Congressional aid and provided policy guidance during the reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Act (TEA-21). He then went on to serve as a policy adviser for two mayors and served as Director of Planning and Development for the City of Jacksonville.
About Michael Baker International
Michael Baker International is a leading provider of engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, architectural, environmental, construction and program management. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions to support U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker’s more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve challenges for clients and communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit www.mbakerintl.com