SEPTA’s Jeff Knueppel to Join KCI as Corporate Transit Practice Leader

KCI welcomes Jeffrey D. Knueppel, PE, as corporate transit practice leader. Upon joining the firm in January, he will be responsible for expansion of KCI’s planning, engineering and construction services for bus and rail transit.

Knueppel served a lengthy career of over three decades with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) team, where he recently finished his tenure as General Manager focused on improving the reliability, safety and sustainability of the region’s mass transit network. Under his leadership, SEPTA was the first on the east coast to implement a Positive Train Control system on an entire commuter rail network. The system monitors and enforces train speeds, which reduces the possibility of speed-related collisions and derailments. Knueppel was also instrumental in expanding sustainability efforts including battery electric buses, a large solar program and the Infrastructure Resilience Program, aimed to protect transit systems during weather events. His most recent initiatives at SEPTA include workforce development and innovative support for local efforts to end homelessness in Philadelphia.

Jeff has managed every aspect of transit as part of his work with SEPTA, including design, construction, operations, maintenance, finance and customer service. He is recognized and respected throughout the industry and will leverage our existing experience and his decades of knowledge to help us expand into new markets and geographies.

Barry Schoch, PESenior Vice President, Construction Management North/Transportation North Discipline Manager

Barry Schoch, PE

Knueppel’s expertise includes managing capital resources during all phases of design, bidding and construction for commuter, heavy and light rail, bus and paratransit systems. He developed a stimulus program that led to 32 individual improvement projects and supported the passing of Pennsylvania Act 89 to increase the funding for a multitude of transportation projects throughout the state. Before becoming General Manager, Knueppel climbed the ranks at SEPTA, becoming Chief Engineer at the age of 36 and later Deputy General Manager for both the Engineering, Maintenance and Construction Division as well as the Operations Division. His career has afforded him a distinct portfolio of major projects including the fast-track design/build replacement of the 1,000-foot long Crum Creek Viaduct and the reconstruction of a two-mile long elevated structure on Market street, both in Philadelphia.

Knueppel earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania. He is actively involved in a diverse number of industry organizations and committees, including serving on the board of directors for both the American and the Pennsylvania Public Transportation Associations. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association, the Conference on Minority Transportation Officials, and Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS). The latter honored Knueppel with its Man of the Year award. He was also recognized with ASCE’s Civil Engineer of the Year award.