David Ungemah Joins HDR as Managed Lanes and Alternative Revenue Practice Lead

David Ungemah
David Ungemah

A recognized national thought leader on road pricing systems, including managed lanes, road user charging and tolling, David Ungemah has joined HDR as its managed lanes and alternative revenue practice lead.

Ungemah, based in HDR’s Denver office, will build on the company’s successful, growing practice as a preferred global provider of managed facilities, including the planning and implementation of express lanes, high occupancy vehicle facilities, priced freeways and similar tollways and other managed facilities solutions.

“David will leverage his technical expertise to help our multidisciplinary teams and our clients pursue forward-thinking, resilient alternative roadway funding solutions,” said HDR's Mobility and Operational Technology Services Director Ben Pierce. “HDR has a well-earned reputation for delivering pioneering alternative revenue solutions, whether the New York City Central Business District Tolling Program, the PennDOT Pathways program or any of many express lanes across North America. I look forward to supporting David and our entire team as they elevate our program to meet the increasing need for sustainable funding strategies that support continued infrastructure improvements and better quality of life.”

Ungemah brings a background working with road pricing throughout the entirety of his 30-year career in transportation. It exposed him to many related practices, including public-private partnerships, intelligent transportation systems, digital applications, financial analyses, economics and social psychology.

As technical director or project manager, Ungemah has guided over 130 congestion pricing and managed lane projects in 22 states, as well as projects for the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, National Cooperative Highway Research Program and the Ontario (Canada) Ministry of Transportation. He also previously served as chair of the Transportation Research Board Congestion Pricing Committee.

“Implementing road pricing requires dedication to building political coalitions that can transcend changes in administrations, legislatures, client staff and consultants, not to mention external factors like gas prices, pandemics and economics,” Ungemah said. “HDR is a game changing place to be because it is built for the collaboration and partnership that makes this consensus-based process a success.”