McCormick Taylor is pleased to announce that former PennDOT Secretary, Barry J. Schoch, P.E., has rejoined the firm’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania office in an advisory role.
Following a 25-year career in the private sector, Schoch served as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation from 2011 to 2015. He was appointed by former Governor Tom Corbett and was integral to the successful passing of the State Transportation Funding Bill (Act 89) in 2013. While at the helm of PennDOT, he led the effort to address deficiencies within the Commonwealth’s transportation infrastructure system. Further, he was integral to enhancing the ePermitting System used by developers to apply for highway occupancy permits with the Department, with the average application time cut in half. Schoch was key to the launch of PennDOT’s Next Generation program, aimed at evaluating and modernizing the Department’s internal business practices. Many of these cost-saving improvements resulted in streamlined operations between various state agencies. Most recently, Schoch served as a senior advisor on infrastructure to Governor Tom Wolf and contributed his government expertise to ease the changeover to a new administration.
In a joint statement, McCormick Taylor owners James C. Wiggans, P.E. and Patrick J. Guise said, “Barry is recognized in the transportation community as a true innovator, collaborator and advocate for greater efficiencies in the project development process. His knowledge of the state and federal transportation regulatory process will continue to serve as a strength in advancing future groundbreaking projects and initiatives on behalf of the transportation industry.”
Schoch first joined the firm in 1995 and oversaw many complex design projects and controversial planning studies throughout Pennsylvania.