Senior Transit & Rail Project Manager

Job Locations US-NY-New York City | US-NJ-Newark
Regular Full-Time
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Senior Transit & Rail Project Manager | New York, NY | Newark, NJ | Hybrid 

VHB is seeking a Senior Transit & Rail Project Manager to work in our growing Northeast market. This role will lead a multidisciplinary team of engineers, planners, and designers in the development of studies, plans, specifications, and cost estimates for a variety of rail and transit infrastructure projects, including conceptual, preliminary, and final design involving light rail transit, bus rapid transit, commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, and freight rail improvements.


  • Manage multiple, simultaneous efforts including projects of various topics and complexity
  • Develop, manage, and maintain project schedules and budgets
  • Lead development of project deliverables and provide quality control
  • Work directly with client project manager and maintain a good relationship
  • Manage financial progress through timely submittal of invoices and progress reports and initiation of change orders for out-of-scope services
  • Prepare technical reports and analyses
  • Manage multidisciplinary teams
  • Take an active role in business development and identify new project opportunities
  • Represent VHB at regional conferences, seminars, and industry events
  • Manage and prepare technical and cost proposals
  • Prepare and deliver technical presentations
  • Assist in the development of business and marketing plans
  • Take an active role in the development and mentoring of the Transit & Rail group staff
  • Work to improve the VHB Transit & Rail ‘brand’ and to achieve industry excellence and consistency

Skills & Abilities

  • Proven ability to coordinate with interdisciplinary teams such as Planning, Architecture, Environmental, Structural, Civil, Rail, and Traffic Engineering
  • Strong understanding of transit and rail infrastructure and multi-discipline system integration
  • Technical experience in multiple transit and rail design disciplines (track, rail systems, grade crossings, stations structures, transit facilities, route design, right-of-way, clearances)
  • Experience in understanding NEPA and public perception of transit and rail project impacts to service availability and quality
  • The candidate must possess a focus and understanding on transit and rail operations and working / technical knowledge of rail systems (track, signal, power, OCS, communications, right-of-way, structures, clearances), including phasing/staging of designs for construction while maintaining transit and rail operations for the client
  • Experience with MTA New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, New Jersey Transit, PANY&NJ PATH, and Amtrak strongly preferred
  • Experience with bus operations and bus rapid transit preferred, including bus maintenance facilities
  • Excellent technical written and verbal communication skills and analytical skills
  • Strong public speaking and business development skills, market connected in the NYC metropolitan area preferred
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong capability in use of computer applications including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Capability in the use of project management applications such as MS Project or Primavera

Minimum Requirements 

  • BS in Civil Engineering or related field
  • 8-11 years of progressive technical experience in transit and rail planning/engineering/program management and implementation of transit and rail projects required
  • 11-15 years’ experience preferred
  • NY PE license required and NJ PE license preferred and/or ability to obtain within 6 months
  • Minimum of 3 years as a Project Manager
  • Proven ability to manage a multidisciplinary team 

Our best estimate of the salary range for this position located in New York City is $130,000-195,000. The final compensation will be based on a variety of factors such as individual qualifications, education and experience.

Job Description Banner (June 2023) 

We are VHB! We’re an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment. 


Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience, which includes: 

  • Diverse and inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation
  • Opportunity to work on complex, transformational projects
  • Community and social responsibility as sustainable stewards
  • Focus on learning, development, and career growth
  • Best-in-class benefits, including flexible, hybrid workplace  

We are consistently rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We’re growing, and we hope you’ll join us! 


VHB is a proud Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. Since our founding, we have intentionally fostered a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion—supported by deep-rooted core values, one of which is diversity. All individuals receive consideration for employment based on their qualifications without discrimination for race/ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, pregnancy, marital status, or any other basis protected by law.




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