ITRE provides comprehensive and data driven economic assessments and policy analyses. Research efforts combine policy frameworks with surveys, varied geographic data sets, and economic models to demonstrate how transportation activities affect regional and/or multiregional economies. ITRE specializes in market and non-market valuations for all modes at the project, corridor, regional, state, and national levels. Our researchers conduct studies utilizing the most current and reputable methodologies and data sources.

Economic Activity Map

Economic Activity Supported by North Carolina’s Transportation System

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This map demonstrates the economic activity supported by aviation, rail, port, public transit, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure investments in North Carolina. To use this map, click on any symbol to view details and zoom in and out using the + and – buttons on the upper left.

Economic and Fiscal

ITRE recognizes the value of using economic and fiscal assessments to communicate the impact of various transportation investments and to support financially-wise investment decisions. Our staff utilizes a variety of methodologies to conduct thorough evaluations for transportation agencies and governments. Business activity supported by the infrastructure, tax collections, benefits derived by users, and other variables can be examined to provide the most thorough analysis possible.

Aviation Task force seated at long table, watching a 2014 airports presentation by Daniel Findley


Transportation policy shapes the physical infrastructure of networks, transportation funding decisions, influences travel behavior of citizens, and affects the ability of businesses to reach their markets. Because it can take time to implement some policies and to realize their implications, ITRE conducts detailed assessments of potential long and short terms outcomes using a variety of methodologies such as life cycle analysis and cost benefit analysis. ITRE policy analyses range from simple assessments to more complex projects, including the creation of computational tools, educational materials, and other deliverables that support decisions that consider both the costs and benefits of public investments.

Leadership in the Field

ITRE collaborates with leaders in the field through speaking engagements at local, state, or national venues. The Economic & Policy Assessment Group authors newsletters, hosts webinars, and its staff members hold appointments on nationally recognized committees. We find exhilaration in developing cutting edge research and embrace opportunities to partner with thought leaders across multiple disciplines. If you are cultivating an interest in economic development, or have a data-driven problem you would like to solve, let’s talk.


Economic & Policy Assessment Staff
Economic & Policy Assessment Advisers
  • Program Manager, OREd: Thomas Dudley | (919) 515-7931
  • Research Coordinator, Highway Systems Group: Joy Davis, PMP | (919) 515-8565
  • Data Analyst, Highway Systems Group: Emeline McCaleb

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