Olson Returns to HDR as Central Region Transit Director

Luke Olson

Luke Olson has rejoined HDR as the central region transit director.

Based in Minneapolis, Olson will lead the strategic growth of our transit program throughout the central region in partnership with local offices. He will provide leadership and quality oversight for multidisciplinary projects and programs. He will also help develop the technical competencies of staff to meet clients’ needs and those of the changing environment of transit.

“It is crystal clear that we are in for many big changes, from how our vehicles are powered, such as electric vehicles, to how they operate with autonomous and connected vehicles, not to mention new ways people have to get from point A to point B because of transportation network companies,” said Olson. “Much of this will require new infrastructure and change how we plan for the future. It will be a new era and I’m excited to be a part of the change that is just getting started.”

Bringing nearly 20 years of experience, Olson has worked with various modes of transit, including light rail, commuter rail and accompanying terminals, bus and bus rapid transit, and streetcars. In prior positions at HDR, Olson filled several roles, including the transit engineering director. He managed several of our iconic, award-winning streetcar projects, including the Kansas City Downtown Streetcar and the Dallas Oak Cliff Streetcar, the nation’s first off-wire rail transit project. In addition to his project management expertise, his extensive knowledge extends to delivering services throughout the project development, design and delivery phases, and he brings a passion for mentoring up-and-coming staff to maximize their career opportunities.

“Luke is respected throughout the industry for his innovative and collaborative approach when developing and delivering transit programs,” said Global Transit Director Tom Waldron. “He will use this combination to further grow our transit market in the central region and will be an invaluable asset as part of the transit leadership team serving geographies across North America and elsewhere.”

Olson earned his civil engineering degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a graduate of the Leadership APTA (American Public Transportation Association) program as well as the Executive Leadership Program of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.

About HDR’s Transit Experience
Because transit is not one-size-fits-all, our 500-plus transit professionals help clients across the board with everything from helping to secure public and private funding, project development, “future proofing” of advanced technologies, strategic communications, environmental assessment and engineering design, to program and construction management for new and established systems through traditional and alternative delivery approaches. Our wide-ranging portfolio includes managing the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor Transit project, the Government Center Station renovation design in Boston, the Downtown Rapid Transit Expansion Study in Toronto, consulting on every phase of the new Kansas City Modern Streetcar, and LA Union Station’s renaissance, to name but a few.

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.