HDR’s Josh Sikich Answers Five Questions about the Impact of AVs on Urban Transit in the Latest ‘Experts Talk’

Joshua Sikich

HDR’s latest Experts Talk Interview introduces Josh Sikich, AICP, transportation technology program planner and the second HDR expert in advanced technologies for surface transportation to be interviewed for the series.

Sikich addresses the impact of autonomous vehicles on urban transit, describing how autonomous vehicles will likely play a key role in delivering better and more personalized transportation options to all citizens at a lower cost to public agencies. Sikich has master’s degrees in civil engineering and city and regional planning from Ohio State University. His professional expertise includes managing the Central Ohio Transit Authority’s Transit System Redesign project. It involved COTA’s first system-wide transformation, connecting more than 100,000 additional residents and 110,000 more jobs to frequent, reliable bus transit service. In 2018 the American Public Transportation Association named COTA the best transit agency in North America among its peers.

“Public agencies will benefit by leaning in to the changing transportation landscape,” Sikich advises. “A future-proofing roadmap facilitates the process for an agency to integrate its mission, goals and performance measures into its capital program, and foster an environment where new disruptive technologies and business models that advance the public good can be incorporated into the transit network.”

At HDR, he has worked on projects across the country that are leading the way in using transportation technology to improve the lives of all people using the transportation system, including the I-24 SMART Corridor for Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Transit Technology Primer for Florida Department of Transporation.

Connect with Josh Sikich on LinkedIn, and learn more about HDR's ITS, AV/CV and other emerging technologies practice.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

Previous Experts Talk interviews include:

  • Justin Robbins on the implications of AV/CVs on city development. Justin discusses how autonomous and connected vehicles will fundamentally affect infrastructure planning and building.
  • Duncan Paterson on structural health monitoring. Duncan discusses how structural health monitoring technology makes it possible to design and manage infrastructure assets to maximize value and efficiently use maintenance resources.

About HDR's Transportation Experience

Our award-winning transportation practice is known for solving our clients' most complex mobility challenges across all modes of travel. We are helping with multibillion-dollar programs ranging from managing the Council Bluffs, Iowa, Interstate rehabilitation program and the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project to designing the I-4 Ultimate P3 project in Florida and the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York. In addition to planning and engineering, our experts help clients advance projects and programs across the infrastructure life cycle with strategic funding, economic analysis, public engagement, real estate services, program/project controls, risk management and operations and maintenance.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.