Allen Biehler

  • Allen Biehler is a Distinguished Service Professor of Transportation Systems and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College. He is also the Executive Director of CMU’s University Transportation Center, which aims to study, build, and deploy a targeted suite of complementary technologies and to inform policies to make surface transportation safer and more efficient. He served eight years as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and was president of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials, following which he co-founded the State Smart Transportation Initiative, a program to assist state departments of transportation in pursuing sustainable practices.  He also served on the executive committees of the American Public Transportation Association and Transportation Research Board.

    Prior to being Secretary of PennDOT, Al was a Vice President with DMJM-Harris serving as Director of Planning and Preliminary Engineering for the Tren Urbano rail system in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Project Manager for the North Shore LRT Connector project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Earlier, Al was Director of Planning, Engineering and Construction at Port Authority of Allegheny County, the transit agency serving the Pittsburgh region.  Al received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, University of Pittsburgh and a Certificate in Highway Transportation from Yale University.


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