Paula Dowell

Paula Dowell, Ph.D., has more than 18 years of experience in transportation planning and policy, focusing on economic analysis and freight transportation planning and economic development. Since joining Cambridge Systematics, Dowell has served as project manager on Statewide Freight Plans for North Carolina and Texas, a statewide truck parking study in N.C., the Economic Impact of Public Ports in Missouri, a project examining the economic benefits of freight investments for the National Academies of Science, the Central Florida Regional Freight Mobility Study, the economic role of freight rail in Texas, the economic role of freight rail and inland ports in Mississippi, and the Houston-Galveston Regional Freight Plan. She has conducted intermodal feasibility studies and master plans for Class 1 railroad intermodal facilities in Montreal, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona and Mississippi. In all of these efforts, Dowell focused on the linkages between freight transportation, land use and economic development opportunities. She is currently managing a five-year contract for the implementation of the Texas State Freight Plan. Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, she served as the national practice leader for freight and economics at Wilbur Smith Associates. While there, Dowell served as project manager/senior consultant for numerous freight and economic planning studies including the Atlanta Regional Freight Mobility Study, Niagara/Buffalo Regional Freight Study, Nashville Regional Freight Study, Mexico Multimodal Freight Corridor Master Plan, and Mississippi Statewide Freight Master Plan. Dowell has worked in over 40 states and seven countries, and is an active member of National Academies of Science, Transportation Research Board, International Transport Economists Association and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. She received a B.B.A in economics from East Tennessee State University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee.