Mobility for a Changing World – How Design-Build Addresses our Evolving Transit Needs

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

Transit Agencies are experiencing new challenges, such as a refocus on public safety, a shift in travel demand with work-from-home lifestyles and a growing need to provide reliable, dependable, and safe public transit to serve our communities. Often, flex bus, LRT and bus rapid transit services can operate within existing roadway right-of-way, interstate medians or express lanes and can easily connect suburbs and urban centers. These systems use electric-powered vehicles, rely on clean energy, reduce GHG emissions and provide sustainable transportation solutions. A panel of transit and transportation agency experts will discuss their plans for expanded electric bus rapid service, LRT or automated people mover transit and how design-build makes these projects more effective to implement.


1. Understand why the future of transit is in jeopardy and identify how transit professionals can help reinvest in this essential service. 

2. Explain what key decisions are factored into Owner project delivery decisions and how design-build has unique benefits. 

3. Identify how design-build project delivery can help simplify and address FTA compliance challenges in transit projects. 

4. Discuss key considerations for Transit Owners to effectively manage risk on design-build projects.

Matt Preedy

Director of Construction

Sound Transit

Matthew Preedy has been delivering highway and transit Public Works projects in the Puget Sound region for over 29 years. While previously working for WSDOT, Mr. Preedy served as the Construction Director and Deputy Administrator for the SR99 Alaskan Way tunnel Design/Build project in Seattle, WA. Currently, he is the Director of the Construction Management Division at Sound Transit, involved in delivering multiple light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit projects exceeding $65B across all phases. He believes that collaboration and engagement with industry is essential to the success of the business and long-term benefit of the customer.

Art Guzzetti

Vice President – Mobility Initiatives and Public Policy

American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Art Guzzetti, a 41-year professional in public transportation at the local, state and national levels, serves as Vice President-Policy and Mobility for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the trade group for the public transportation industry. A key current focus is integration of transit networks with new and emerging public and private mobility services, including micro-transit, transportation network companies, automated vehicles and bicycles.  The public transit agency of the future will weave these services into a system, with high-capacity transit lines in key corridors as the backbone.  

Prior to coming to Washington in June 1997, Mr. Guzzetti had 16 years of management experience with two of the nation’s leading public transportation systems:  New Jersey Transit, and the Port Authority of Allegheny County.    Mr. Guzzetti has a Political Science degree from Edinboro State University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Derick Chan, PE

Director of Rail & Capital Programs

Broward County Transit

Mr. Chan is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of a high capacity rail transit system in Broward County, Florida. He is a licensed engineer with over 30 years of transit agency and consulting engineering experience delivering rail transit, bus transit and transportation projects.

James Avitabile, PE, DBIA

Vice President - Strategic Initiatives Leader


RS&H Vice President Jim Avitabile is a national leader in design-build project delivery, having worked extensively to develop a design-build practice at RS&H that includes a successful portfolio of design-build projects. He has 42 years of experience directing and participating in programming, planning, and design efforts on a variety of complex roadway, limited-access highway, bridge, toll road interchange, rail, transit facilities, multi-use trails, and recreation facility projects. 

Jim has worked with many agencies who are experienced with design-build and P3 project models to help refine and improve upon their program procedures, including TxDOT, MDOT, ConnDOT, and VDOT. 

Jim currently serves as the DBIA’s Transportation and Aviation Markets Committee Chair, a position that he has held since 2012. Under his leadership, DBIA drafted the first Transportation Sector Best Design-Build Practices documents. Jim has been actively involved in the DBIA national conferences, including serving as a speaker or moderator for numerous sessions."


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