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Former Conrail President and COO Tierney Joins HNTB as Senior Project Director and Rail Industry Technical Advisor

Tim Tierney
Tim Tierney
CHERRY HILL, NJ — Tim Tierney, P.E., who previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer for Conrail, joins HNTB as a Senior Project Director and Rail Industry Technical Advisor. In this role, Tierney will leverage his experience in the rail and freight logistics industry to advise clients on various large scale railroad operations, design, and construction projects.

“Tim brings an impressive level of leadership, rail expertise, and proven industry experience to this role, and I am pleased to welcome him to our team,” said Greg May P.E., HNTB’s Eastern U.S. Rail and Transit Leader. “His decades of experience working at all levels of an organization and on all aspects of railroad operations, engineering, design and construction, management, and executive experience will bring significant value to HNTB and our clients.”

Tierney worked for more than 40 years at Conrail, a former class 1 railroad and major provider of transportation and freight rail services, created in 1976 to revitalize rail service in the Northeast and Midwest. Over the course of his career, he worked in various supervisory and management positions across the Conrail system, advancing through roles with progressively more responsibility. In 2017, after a nearly two decades of success as Chief Engineer, he became President and Chief Operating Officer, a role that included responsibility for all rail operations, dispatching, engineering, mechanical, and customer service.

In addition to his extensive experience in railroad operations, Tierney is knowledgeable in contract management, freight logistics, and Federal Railway Administration requirements and operational compliance, and has been involved in grant writing for federally funded projects.

Tierney is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Norwich University and a Master of Science in engineering management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.