economic development

Texas Department of Transportation

Assess the market demand, benefits versus costs, and constraints associated with a proposed streetcar rail transit system linking the border crossing, downtown, and university area of El Paso, Texas.

Economic and Industry Competitiveness Assessments

Seaports, port authorities, regional coalitions and others look to Cambridge Systematics for expertise in developing forecasts and analysis of trade and freight flow activity. Our work identifies regional, national and international trade and transportation trends and assesses how those trends correspond to freight demand. We also develop competitive assessments for regions and municipalities to help agencies understand which industry clusters are the best candidates for attraction and retention as part of an overall economic development strategy.

Port Planning and Market Forecasting

State, regional and local agencies face challenges in the effort to alleviate port congestion, especially in planning for goods movement and alternative passenger transit modes. Cambridge Systematics brings expertise in the full spectrum of skills required for solutions: master planning, market assessment and forecasts for cargo and cruise operations, landside access planning, economic impact analysis, financial planning, intelligent transportation systems planning, strategic planning, and environmental impact assessment.

Freight Rail Planning and Market Forecasting

As planners and policymakers increasingly look to rail to reduce highway congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, rehabilitation and expansion are critical to serving domestic and international trade lanes. Cambridge Systematics leads the field in offering insight, analysis and support on these issues. We work with the nation’s largest freight railroads to provide strategic planning services, analytical support for public sector funding, market analyses, and local industrial access and preservation programs.

State, Regional and Local Freight Planning

As changes in the US and global economy drive up freight demand and stress freight transportation systems, Cambridge Systematics helps states, regions and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) plan to accommodate this growth—and capitalize on it through priority-driven investments. Our work allows agencies to understand the link between freight efficiency and economic vitality, improve freight operations while meeting mobility and livability goals, and implement projects and programs that address evolving needs.

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Airports support a range of business needs for their communities, including long distance professional travel, access for local shippers and customers to national or international markets, and even serving as centers for regional collaboration and training activities. Yet transportation planning and regional economic development activities often exclude or under-emphasize airports.