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Policy Regulatory and Economic Analysis

ICF helps government agencies understand the impacts of transportation policy, regulations, and investments.

Using our analytic expertise in areas such as urban planning, the environment, economics, regulatory analysis, and policy, ICF supports transportation decision-makers at all levels with the rigorous analysis, solid information, and leading-edge thinking to make wise choices. We also help clients prepare the assessments, impact statements, and other reports required to move plans, projects, and policies forward.

Our multidisciplinary teams deliver a full set of analytic tools and capabilities, including:

  • Legislative, policy, and program analysis
  • Market feasibility studies
  • Investment and benefit-cost analysis
  • Regulatory impact analysis
  • Economical impact modeling
  • Economic development strategies

Whether assessing the socioeconomic impacts of a new transit line on families and communities, the effects of business reorganization and supply chain shifts on highway planning, or the job creation possibilities brought on by freight systems, ICF works at the forefront of new approaches. We help clients understand how transportation investments support regional economic development and how to build performance-based strategies into transportation decision-making.

Public Sector Support

ICF helps public sector aviation agencies shape policy, implement programs, and evaluate impact.

Increased air travel, continually evolving security threats, the need to upgrade dated systems—U.S. federal aviation agencies today face complex challenges with multiyear and multimillion-dollar implications for the policies they enact and the programs they must implement for stakeholders. ICF helps public-sector clients navigate this dynamic environment. 

ICF's experience working with agencies to shape policy, implement programs, and evaluate impact includes a broad range of services for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where we have assisted with the management and implementation of air traffic control systems, business process improvements, human capital initiatives, flight training, IT, and environmental compliance for nearly 30 years. We are currently working with FAA on several aspects of its ambitious NextGen initiative to transform the U.S. air traffic control systems. 

ICF provides comprehensive support to public-sector aviation projects with large financial and public policy stakes. We have worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), since its inception, and we continue to provide extensive advisory and system acquisition support for TSA's aviation security passenger, baggage, and cargo screening programs.

Integrated Planning

ICF helps clients ensure that transportation supports quality of life by bringing people and organizations together and providing tools to support effective decision-making.

ICF works with transportation organizations in all modes to screen potential solutions, identify critical decision-making points, and develop risk management strategies for balancing the addition of new capacity with community and environmental goals. We support clients with industry-leading resources on planning-environment linkages, context-sensitive solutions, community impacts, and integration of operations and safety into multimodal planning.

Using tools such as our industry-recognized Transportation for Communities: Advancing Projects through Partnerships guide, ICF is able to:

  • Assist clients with group facilitation tools to foster open dialogue and build consensus
  • Provide case studies, best practices, and methods to assess potential partnerships
  • Equip clients with guidebooks to share knowledge and support sound decision-making

Through online communities, facilitation, interagency consultation, and partnerships, ICF helps transportation clients use IT to link groups and ideas in ways that foster effective decision-making and positive outcomes.

These integrated planning solutions are delivered by multidisciplinary teams that include in-house specialists in IT and community outreach, as well as subject matter experts in areas such as air and noise, water quality, wildlife biology, engineering, land use planning, and real estate.