HNTB Corp. announced Monday it has hired Eugene Skoropowski as passenger rail services director for its South East Division, based in the firm’s Lake Mary, Fla., office. Skoropowski will step down this month from his position of managing director at the California Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, where he served for 10 years. He will assume his new role Dec. 1.
In his new role, Skoropowski (pictured at left) is responsible for serving clients of HNTB’s passenger rail services and providing management and technical services for the firm’s current and future projects in the U.S. Southeast.
“HNTB is extremely proud to add Gene to our roster of high-speed rail professionals,” said Peter Gertler, HNTB high-speed rail services chair. “His extensive domestic and international experience and talent will add significant value to the services we provide our clients as we continue to lead the industry in bringing high-speed rail to America.”
Prior to arriving at CCJPA, Skoropowski served as director of rail projects for Fluor Corp., where he managed rail construction and operations projects in Los Angeles (MetroRail) and Florida High-Speed Rail (Florida Overland eXpress), as well as public-private partnership for TGV high speed rail services in France. He helped lead Fluor’s successful 25-year franchise proposal to design-build-operate-maintain (DBOM) all track, signals, and other related infrastructure for the HSL Zuid Project in the Netherlands—TGV-type, "Thalys" high-speed trains running from Brussels to Amsterdam.
Skoropowski also served as assistant general manager of Philadelphia's SEPTA regional transit system and was chief railroad services officer for Boston's Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority regional rail system for five years. While practicing as a private architect and planner, he also served six years on the Boston transit system's budgetary board and regional planning commission.
He is a founding member of the American Public Transportation Association Commuter Rail Committee and is a current member of the APTA High Speed/Intercity Rail Committee and Legislative Committee. He is also a member of the Intercity Rail Working Group supporting the National Commission Study on Transportation Policy and Investment submitted to Congressin 2008.
Skoropowski holds a bachelor of architecture degree from The Catholic University of America School of Architecture & Planning in Washington, D.C.