Melanie Johnson is the Senior Director of Planning & Technology at Quandel Consultants. She has worked as an engineer in the transportation industry for 15 years, dedicating the past 10 years of her career to the high-speed intercity passenger rail field. Since joining Quandel in 2009, Melanie has advanced environmental planning and engineering on intercity passenger rail corridor projects in Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Colorado, working with State DOTs and the Federal Railroad Administration. Enthusiasm and collaboration are what drew Melanie to the rail industry 10 years ago, and the people, projects, and challenges have kept her excited about coming to work every day since. Working for Quandel has afforded her the opportunity to fulfill her passion for transportation issues and work with the “movers and shakers” in the passenger rail industry. In 2019, Melanie was recognized by Railway Age as one of their “Fast Trackers – 10 Under 40” industry stars.