Hal Gard is the Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Administrator.
As Division Administrator, Hal Gard oversees the provision of transit-related technical assistance and grant administration to 200 public transportation agencies. He also manages rail safety, crossing safety and passenger and freight rail operations service in Oregon. Previously, Hal 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 from the Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials for 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.