Chandler Duncan

Managing Partner | Sr. Consultant

Chandler Duncan has completed over 64 freight and economic studies in the last decade. His engagements have ranged from port and site-specific facility studies and successful grant applications to statewide freight plans and multi-national trade studies for USDOT. Chandler led the development of TRB’s NCHRP 19-14 guidebook on right-sizing transportation investments. He also recently completed a comprehensive analysis for Missouri DOT of the benefits of improving I-70 as a trans-continental freight corridor and the impacts on respective US states as part of a 2019 INFRA grant application. In addition to economic impact studies for multiple statewide freight plans, he led the 2017 study on the economic impacts of the Appalachian Development Highway System, as well as multiple NCHRP studies on investment management and decision making.


  • B.A., Political Science NC State University, 1995
  • R.P., Regional Planning – Emphases in Transportation & Economic Development UNC, Chapel Hill, 1998
  • B.A. Decision Support Tech University of Minnesota, 2004

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Skills & Specializations

Chandler Duncan is a national expert with over 24 years of research and consulting experience relating to the performance and economic role of transportation facilities, corridors and programs. His combined specialties in transportation economics, performance management and investment management leaves his clients empowered to make and defend transportation investment strategies that make economic and business sense. Before joining Metro Analytics in March of 2018, Mr. Duncan served for eight years as a principal at Boston-based EDR Group, leading the group’s MPO state DOT planning and policy efforts. He has also held consulting positions at Wilbur Smith Associates (now CDM Smith), BRW, Inc. (now URS), served as an Intelligence Analyst in the US Navy through operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, held staff positions at Minnesota DOT and the Charlotte, NC MPO and has held research appointments at the UNC-Chapel Hill Highway Safety Research Center, the Southern Growth Policies Board and the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

  • Freight Planning
  • National Transportation Research
  • Road Pricing
  • Corridor Studies
  • Prioritization & Scenario Planning
  • Economic Impact Modeling
  • Land Use Modeling


National expert with over 24 years of research and consulting experience relating to the performance and economic role of transportation facilities, corridors and programs.

  • Lead Economist for 66+ projects
  • Led or investigated 10 NCHRP/NCFRP studies
  • Economic Freight Analytics
  • Chandler has led Benefit / Cost Analysis for some of the most complex projects in the country.
  • Project Principal/OIC and lead economist for Atlanta Region Spalding County Freight Cluster Study
  • Project Principal/OIC and lead economist for the Atlanta Region Tucker Summit Freight Cluster Study
  • Led Economic Scenario Analysis on Missouri DOT 2012 Rail Plan (under sub-contract to HNTB)
  • Led Economic Scenario Analysis on the Michigan DOT 2012 Rail Plan (under sub-contract to HNTB)
  • Led Economic Impact Analysis for US Maritime Administration (MARAD) Study on Economic Impact of Panama Canal Widening
  • Led Economic and cost-benefit analysis for the cargo-oriented TRIP site in Portland, Oregon
  • Led User Benefits & Economic Impact Analysis on port of West Memphis trans-loading facility
  • Led Economic Analysis on US Soybean Council national 2011 study on economic effects of the movement of soybeans on US Waterways
  • Led Economic Benefits and Impact Analysis for Eastport, Maine Breakwater Facility
  • NCHRP 08-124: National Guide to evaluating the impacts of corridor management (Officer in Charge & Sr. Advisor)
  • NCHRP 08-122: MPO’s: Strategies for Future Success (Officer & Charge & Sr. Advisor)
  • NCHRP 19-14: Right-Sizing Transportation Investments for Changing Economic Times (Principal Investigator)
  • NCHRP 20-44: Implementing Right Sizing Methods for Planning & Programming (Principal Investigator)
  • NCHRP 520 (Synthesis) – Allocating Resources among Programs of Work (Principal Investigator)
  • NCHRP 480 (Synthesis) – Economic and Development Effects of Disinvestment in Transportation Facilities (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • TCRP 128: Successful Practices in Estimating the Economic Impact of Transit (Contributing Author)
  • NCFRP 29: Alternative Mechanisms for Freight Revenue (Principal Analyst/Sub-Contract to Tioga Group)
  • NCFRP 35: Economic Impacts of Marine Transportation on the St. Lawrence Basin/Waterway (Principal Analyst under sub-contract with CPCS)
  • NCHRP 8(36)- T 67: Programmatic Investment Strategies in Statewide Plans (Principal Analyst with Wilbur Smith)
  • APTA – Economic Implications of Failure to Invest in Transit Preservation (Principal Investigator)
  • APTA – Role of Transit in the Knowledge Economy (Principal Investigator)
  • APTA – Role of Transit in High-Growth Industry Clusters (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • APTA – Economic Impact of Public Transportation on the US Economy (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • ASCE – Failure to Act – Economic Impact of Deficiencies on US Transportation Infrastructure (Principal Economic Analyst)
  • Led Economic Analysis in Oregon DOTs 2010 Tolling Feasibility Study
  • Project Manager for Indiana Finance Authority’s 2012 Economic Impact Study and 2014 update study of the Ohio River Bridges & Associated Tolls
  • Project Manager for the Indiana Finance Authority’s 2014 Economic Impact Study of the Illiana Corridor & Associated Tolls
  • Project Manager for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s 2014 Economic Impact Study of the Brent Spence Bridge and associated
  • Led the 2017 economic study on completion of over 24 highway corridors for the Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Led the 2014 Illiana Corridor study of the fiscal and economic effects of corridor improvements and associated tolls
  • Led the 2014 study of Idaho Falls Connector
  • Led the prioritization of Nebraska DOT’s 2016 project selection based on a weighting of transportation performance, freight and economic measures
  • Led 2016-2017 development of Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) performance measure framework, for comparing different policies, scenarios and prioritization criteria for projects and project “packages”
  • Led comprehensive 2014 update of Ohio DOT economic scoring methodology for prioritizing major new expansion projects
  • Led 2014 development of innovative “economic toolkit” for Colorado DOT to incorporate economic benefits and impacts into project prioritization process
  • Led statewide analysis of the economic benefits and impacts of the freight and workforce accessibility gains of the Governor’s 25-year vision for North Carolina DOT.
  • Project Manager for the 2013 Economic Impact of the Utah Unified Plan for the Utah Transportation Coalition
  • Project Manager for the 2016 study of the Economic Impact of Transit in Hampton Roads, Virginia
  • Led 2011 update of the study for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) on the economic impact of transit on the US Economy
  • Led the 2012 development of land use scenarios in CUBE Land sofware for sensitivity testing in the Ohio River Bridges traffic & revenue due diligence effort for both Indiana Finance Authority and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
  • Led the assessment of comparative performance and economic impacts of different in-fill scenarios for the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments 2015 long range plan update – including effects of alternative land use scenarios on overall economic impact as well as project prioritization.

Honours & Awards

  • Veteran – US Navy (GeoPolitical Intelligence Analyst)

Organisation Memberships

  • TRB Strategic Management Committee – Member

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