Matthew Tucker to Lead HDR’s Global Transit Program

Matthew Tucker
Matthew Tucker

After three decades of public transportation service, Matthew Tucker has joined HDR to lead the firm’s top ranked global transit program.

As global transit director, Tucker will set the vision and direction for continued growth of HDR’s transit program including expanding advisory and technical services to best serve HDR's clients and their communities. He will be responsible for more than 600 employees who provide a diversified portfolio of services tailored to the needs of bus, streetcar, commuter rail, light rail, subway and inter-city passenger rail projects and programs worldwide.

“My transition to HDR represents a new chapter in my career in transportation,” Tucker said. “I am excited about working with the talented people at HDR to inspire and deliver transformational change for the public transportation industry. The opportunities are endless — from multimodal integration improvements and innovative project delivery to implementing zero emission technologies. Together with our partners in the public sector, we can make great things possible for the communities we serve.”

From 2008 to 2023, Tucker was the CEO of the North County (San Diego) Transit District. During his tenure, NCTD constructed a downtown COASTER rail station; established a robust real estate development program; replaced its fleet with new locomotives; and advanced the agency’s transition to zero emissions bus fleets.

Prior to NCTD, Tucker served as the executive director of the Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation, the COO of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, deputy public transit director for Phoenix, and deputy general manager of the Greater Richmond Transit Company. Tucker also served several appointments for the American Public Transportation Association and chairs APTA’s legislative committee.

“As we continue to build upon our past success and implement new initiatives to support career development, delivery innovation, and program growth, I am very excited to welcome Matt to HDR,” said Chris LaTuso, HDR transportation market strategy director. “Matt has been a partner in the transit industry for many years. I look forward to working with him to continue building a thriving and resilient transit program that offers professional opportunities for our staff and exceptional service to our clients.”

HDR assists transit clients in navigating funding to managing program development and design to providing construction management. Read more about HDR’s award-winning transit projects.