Sean Libberton, an expert with two decades experience helping communities successfully develop transit improvement projects, has been named a principal consultant in the strategic consulting group of Parsons Brinckerhoff.
In his new position, Libberton will advise state and local governments on the application of Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) guidelines regarding program structure, investments, and performance measures for New Starts and Small Starts, asset management, and safety improvements. He will be based in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Washington, D.C. office.
Libberton comes to Parsons Brinckerhoff after directing the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Office of Capital Project Initiatives. In this role, Mr. Libberton provided technical assistance, oversight, and guidance for a nearly $1 billion portfolio of streetcar and bus projects funded under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) discretionary grant program and the FTA’s Urban Circulator program. He also represented DOT on the White House Domestic Policy Council’s Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative in Detroit.
Previously Libberton served as FTA’s deputy associate administrator for program management where he led the DOT’s cross-agency effort to develop a four-year, $32 million oversight plan and risk management strategy for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funded projects and spearheaded FTA’s initial State-of-Good Repair industry outreach. Earlier, as chief of the New Starts Project Planning and Analysis Division, Libberton managed the evaluation of New Starts and Small Starts investments leading to 20 federal funding commitments.
Libberton received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor of arts in urban planning/and political science from the University of California at San Diego. He has presented and published extensively on corridor planning, project evaluation, federal funding, and streetcar and bus rapid transit development.