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Carly Macias Joins HDR as Zero Emissions Mobility Senior Program Manager

Carly Macias
Carly Macias

Carly Macias, LEED GA, ENV SP, has joined HDR as a zero emissions mobility senior program manager.

Based in Denver, Macias will provide transit agencies and fleet owners with strategic leadership as they move toward the vision of zero emissions mobility. She will support projects across North America in developing inclusive, realistic and actionable zero emissions transition plans. 

Macias brings over a decade of transit experience, including working with transit agencies across the country to develop zero emission bus plans and deployment projects for the past five years. She has worked with small and large agencies on projects intended for rural and urban communities. Most of her career has been spent as a project manager for transit projects and she now specializes in zero emissions planning and implementation.

“I am really looking forward to working with transit agencies and fleet operators to successfully transition their fleets to zero emission vehicles,” Macias said. “One of the challenges that agencies face when making the move to zero emission vehicles is ensuring resiliency of the fuel source. With more frequent extreme weather events, there is increasing stress on the power grid which may lead to more frequent power outages. Fortunately, there are a growing number of innovative solutions to allow EV fleets to charge even when blackouts occur.”

Macias passion for elevating zero emissions mobility grew exponentially with her work at the Regional Transportation District in Colorado. She led RTD’s Zero Emission Bus Planning program, which included coordinating the Reimagine RTD Zero Emission Bus Plan; managing state and federal grant applications for zero emission vehicle funding; developing strategic partnerships with key transportation electrification stakeholders and advocacy groups; and negotiating an EV rate with RTD’s utility. She continued to apply her visionary management style and detail-oriented policy mindset while working with agencies moving toward a zero emission bus transition in Arizona, South Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Dedicated to furthering her own expertise and overall industry advancement, Macias is the chair of the American Public Transportation Association’s Zero Emission Fleet Committee and a member of the Women of EVs Colorado chapter. In 2020, she was selected for Mass Transit’s coveted 40 Under 40 list. 

“Carly’s formidable expertise and collaborative leadership bolsters our ability to assist clients as they transition to zero emission vehicles and the infrastructure needed to support them,” said Zero Emissions Mobility Practice Lead Rob Mowat.