Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, recently welcomed Steven H. Santoro as its director of rail and transit. Santoro joins Dewberry from NJ TRANSIT, where he most recently served as the agency’s executive director. His responsibilities included directing 11,000 employees and managing a combined annual operating and capital budget of around $3 billion. The agency is the third largest in the United States and moves nearly one million passengers daily.
As director of rail and transit, Santoro will help grow Dewberry’s practice, by mentoring employees, nurturing and expanding relationships with rail and transit agencies on both coasts, and helping professionals deliver projects to client satisfaction.
Santoro spent 18 years with NJ TRANSIT, in levels of increasing responsibility, joining in 2000 to manage the Hudson-Bergen light rail design-build-operate-maintain project. In 2007 he was appointed to assistant executive director of capital planning/programs, where he managed multiple agency departments, including planning, project management, construction management, and infrastructure engineering. Prior to joining NJ TRANSIT, Santoro was vice president for New York operations with a multi-office engineering and consulting company.
“We welcome Steve Santoro to Dewberry with open arms,” says Craig Johnson, president of Dewberry’s northeast operations. “My colleagues and I look forward to his guidance and significant experience implementing complex rail and transit programs here in the Northeast and anticipate his keen insight in further expanding our practice in the mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and beyond. We are humbled and excited that he chose to make Dewberry his next home.”
Santoro received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Rutgers University (1975). In 2017, he was awarded the Service to the People Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The American Council of Engineering Companies also recognized Santoro with its Distinguished Service Award in 2016. Santoro has been a frequent speaker on alternative delivery methods and resilience at Federal Transit Administration events and continues to contribute to the transportation industry through peer reviews and professional association meetings. Santoro is a subject matter expert who is available to provide background and insight on complex technical and progammatic matters related to mass transit and rail. For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Dewberry’s media relations representative, Molly Johnson.