Hal Gard is the Rail and Public Transit Division Administrator.
As Rail Division Administrator, Hal Gard oversees a division responsible for rail safety, crossing safety, and operations of passenger and freight rail service in Oregon. In addition, upon the retirement of Michael Ward in May of this year, Hal was asked to oversee the Public Transit Division. The Public Transit Division is responsible for providing public transportation and transportation options technical assistance and grant administration to over 200 public transportation providers, agencies and communities.
Hal recently managed the Geo-Environmental Section within ODOT's Technical Services Branch and served as the agency's tribal liaison for regulatory issues. Hal began his ODOT career in 1994 when he was hired as the department's first archaeologist. After developing and managing that program for eight years, he joined the newly-formed Bridge Delivery Unit to work on new environmental streamlining opportunities presented by the Oregon Transportation Investment Act III.
In 2011, Hal received the Hewes Award, recognizing outstanding contributions to highway development, from the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials. In presenting the award, WASHTO noted his considerable individual efforts in improving environmental performance in Oregon's transportation projects and programs.
A Registered Professional Archaeologist, Hal holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of California in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in the co-fields of Archaeology, Fish and Wildlife, and Geo-science from Oregon State University.