Former Conrail head joins HNTB as senior project director, adviser

Tim Tierney, who previously served as president and chief operating officer for Conrail, has joined HNTB Corp. as a senior project director and rail industry technical adviser, the company announced Thursday.

In this role, Tierney will leverage his wealth of experience in the rail and freight logistics industry to advise clients on various large-scale railroad operations, design and construction projects.

HNTB Corp., based in Cherry Hill, is an employee-owned infrastructure firm serving public and private owners and contractors.

“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,” Greg May, HNTB’s Eastern U.S. rail and transit leader, said.

“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 highly 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 has a Master of Science in engineering management from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.