As new technologies emerge and freight systems continue to face uncertainty, we understand that freight efficiency, safety and resiliency is vital for your region’s growth. We provide a unique understanding of the goods movement landscape and the right skillsets to help your region stay competitive and promote economic growth now and in the future.

A pioneer of the many tools, techniques, and processes used in freight planning today, we continue to pave the way for the freight planning practices of the future. Our dedicated bench of freight experts combine state-of-the-art technology with in-depth experience to implement tailored freight solutions for our clients.

Optimize Freight Investment Decision Making with FreightOpts

FreightOpts is a suite of tools developed to assist state DOTs and MPOs better understand and integrate freight into transportation investment decision making. FreightOpts has three modules to meet your agency’s unique needs:

Freight Network Identification and Assessment (FNIA)

Evaluates the highway and rail networks based on their importance to freight movement across customizable criteria to include economic preparedness, goods movement, support of strategic chains, and access and connectivity to modes and markets.

Freight Flow Forecasting and Scenario Planning (FFSP)

Simulates the impact of changes in the economy and customizable disruptors on freight flows by generating alternative freight flow forecasts and truck trip tables.

Freight Investment Assessment and Prioritization (FIAP)

Prioritize and evaluate freight projects to address identified needs using this module. The tool is customizable to integrate into a DOTs or MPOs existing prioritization process or can serve as a standalone tool to develop the state’s required Freight Investment Plan.

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Equity in Transportation

Build a fair and equitable transportation future. Let’s join forces to put your communities at the forefront of equitable change.

Freight and Economic Modeling and Analysis

Guide your investment decisions by utilizing an array of innovative freight and truck data and modeling tools.

Freight Market and Supply Chain Assessments

Understand the market context and how you can stay competitive by conducting a supply chain and market assessment to assess economic development opportunities.

Freight Modeling

We lead the nation in the advancement of freight modeling techniques, including the integration of commodity flow data into four-step models, the use of locational data in truck parking studies, and the development of tour-based freight models.

Freight Operations and Technology

Prepare for and leverage freight technologies and operational strategies to promote freight efficiency, safety, and resiliency.

Freight Planning and Policy

Review and evaluate freight policies, regulations, and procedures with the foremost experts of freight planning and policy.

Market and Economic Analysis

Understand your customers’ diverse needs and improve your competitive position through segmented market assessments, ridership forecasting, economic and public benefits analysis, and grant and funding support services.

Passenger and Freight Modeling

Advance your agencies freight modeling techniques. Partner with us to integrate commodity flow data into four-step models. Our experts have long been national leaders in the development and application of passenger models.

Resilience

Partner with us to help your agency better prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and successfully adapt to adverse events. Our work spans risk valuations, climate adaptation, emissions and energy analysis, air quality planning, supply chain and economic impact studies, and more.

Safety

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. We use a holistic, Safe System approach to help agencies reach their safety goals through ​safety performance measures, targets and priorities to developing Strategic Highway Safety Plans, Highway Safety Plans, Local Road Safety Plans.

Stakeholder Outreach and Event Coordination

Apply proven outreach methodologies and private sector relationships to support structured collection of input from stakeholders.

Statewide, Regional, and Urban Freight Planning

Develop a holistic data-driven, stakeholder-informed freight plan that goes beyond federal requirements to position your state or region for economic opportunity, resiliency, and equity by leveraging the link between land use, infrastructure, and economic development.

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Paula Dowell

Freight and Economics National Practice Lead