Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris

Systems Planning

Jeff Harris brings over twenty years of achievement in transportation planning, research, and policy development related to multi-modal transportation networks.

  • Six years as Utah DOT’s Planning Director
  • Eleven years of transit planning leadership
  • Over eight years of relevant private sector expertise
  • Established contextually based planning frameworks at Utah DOT
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CONTACT

jharris@metroanalytics.com

  • Transportation planning: long-range, corridor, transit, and freight planning.
  • Risk assessment: program/process risk analysis, transportation risk and resiliency planning.
  • Program finance: transit and roadway, and project prioritization decision support tool development

 

  • 21+ years, transportation planning
  • 5+ years at the Utah Department of Transportation
  • 5 years as a Private Consultant
  • 11 years at the Utah Transit Authority
  • NCHRP 08-122; Impacts of Corridor Management
  • Utah DOT Freight Planning Framework
  • Unified Transportation Planning Process (2014-2019)
  • Intermediate Planning Framework Development (2016-2019)
  • MBA, University of Utah, 2005
  • S, Economics, University of Utah, 1992


Specialties of Excellence

Jeff Harris brings over twenty years of achievement in transportation planning, research, and policy development related to multi-modal transportation networks. He has six years of state DOT experience as well as eleven years of experience with the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), five years of consulting experience and a solid track record of transportation research leadership with NCHRP, AASHTO, APTA, ACEC and other national research organizations.


Projects

Freight Planning

  • NCHRP 08-122; Impacts of Corridor Management Jeff is the Principle Analyst of this important NCHRP research project that is evaluating how transportation agencies plan for and manage corridor to improve the movement of freight and people. The ultimate outcome of this project is to develop a holistic corridor management framework that considers land uses, freight and people movement, and community objects.

  • Utah DOT Freight Planning Framework – As UDOT’s planning, Jeff won a SHRP2 C15 user benefit award and used the funds to establish the agencies first documented freight planning framework. The framework document the steps of developing a freight plan. This framework was ultimately incorporated into the agency’s long-range planning frame as a means of syncing up the development of the two planning processes.

  • Utah DOT Freight Demand Modeling – Because of the success of the SHRP2 C15 effort, FHWA awarded additional funds under C22; Freight Demand Modeling and Data Improvement. Jeff used this award to improve the agency’s understanding intra and interstate freight movement. This improved understanding would allow UDOT to better consider freight needs in the development of the State’s Unified Transportation Plan.

  • UDOT Risk & Resiliency Pilot (2017-2019) – Jeff was a key team member on a risk and resiliency pilot at the UDOT. The pilot assessed transportation freight system redundancy, specific infrastructure failure, and development of a cost/benefit methodology for evaluating proactive infrastructure replacement.

  • Utah Transit Authority’s Purchase of Union Pacific Railroad Right of Way – As the Deputy Chief for Asset Management and Business Development for the Utah Transit Authority (UTA), Jeff was key member of the acquisition of ~180 miles of UP right of way, which include a diesel locomotive facility. UTA needed the right of way for its commuter rail and light rail program. As part the purchase, UTA had to relocate UP’s freight intermodal center. Jeff and his team led the planning and search for a new intermodal site which was built as part of the acquisition. The purchase process gave Jeff and the other acquisition team members a unique insight into freight railroad operations and management.

Statewide and Metropolitan Planning

  • Unified Transportation Planning Process (2014-2019) – As UDOT’s Planning Director, Jeff led collaboration efforts with his MPO and transit partners. Utah’s Unified Transportation Planning Process is a best in practice example of how partnerships can improve outcomes 
  • CV/AV Planning (2016-2019) – Jeff served on the AASHTO Planning Committee as well as the AASHTO CV/AV Planning sub-committee until March of 2019. While at UDOT, Jeff was also invited to participate in FHWA’s effort to develop CV/AV scenario planning guidance.  
  • UDOT Planning Frameworks (2014-2019) – enhanced long-range, freight and intermediate planning frameworks that were aligned with UDOT’s strategic direction.  
  • Project Prioritization (2016-2019) – Jeff led UDOT’s effort to modernize its capacity project prioritization process. State-of-the-practice review and a complete revamp of the prioritization process and model. Process is outcome-focused and includes economic, land use, and quality of life considerations.  

Corridor Planning and PEL

  • Intermediate Planning Framework Development (2016-2019) – As UDOT’s Planning Director, Jeff led the development and implementation of contextually based corridor planning framework. The effort also included a revamp of organizational project development workflows, integrated PEL requirements, and brought risk and resiliency assessments into the corridor planning process.   http://maps.udot.utah.gov/wadocuments/Apps/planning/
  • Wasatch Front Central Corridor Study (2016-2018) – Ground-breaking effort to assess the I-15 Corridor in Salt Lake County. Established goals, objectives performance measures, and assessed multiple scenarios. The project was led by a multi-agency management team including Jeff and his peers at the state’s two largest MPOs, and the Utah Transit Authority. http://wfccstudy.org/


Education & History

Education

  • MBA, University of Utah, 2005
  • S, Economics, University of Utah, 1992

Professional Involvement

  • 21+ years, transportation planning
  • 5+ years at the Utah Department of Transportation
  • 5 years as a Private Consultant
  • 11 years at the Utah Transit Authority