Liisa Ecola is a senior project associate at the RAND Corporation. A transportation planner with interests in transit, transportation demand management (TDM), finance, and environmental and land use impacts, her current work is in several major areas: the intersection of transportation with climate policy, road pricing, traffic safety, and long-term mobility trends. She was recently the lead author of a report that looked at the future of driving in developing countries, and she is currently leading a project on future mobility in China. For the CDC, Ecola has provided research and management support on a tool to determine the costs and benefits of various policies to reduce vehicle crash deaths and injuries. She has also conducted extensive work in smart growth, managing the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for EPA for five years. In the TDM field, she conducted several research projects on the effectiveness and best marketing techniques for commuter benefits, and taught courses for the National Transit Institute. Prior to joining RAND, Ecola worked in transportation, land use, and policy consulting; she also served as a Foreign Service officer for six years, stationed in Warsaw and Taipei. Ecola received her Master of City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ecola, Liisa, Charlene Rohr, Johanna Zmud, Tobias Kuhnimhof, and Peter Phleps, The Future of Driving in Developing Countries, RAND (RR-636), 2014
Sorensen, Paul, Liisa Ecola, and Martin Wachs, "Emerging Strategies in Mileage-Based User Fees: Reducing Costs and Increasing Public Acceptance," Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2345, 2013
Zmud, Johanna, Liisa Ecola, Peter Phleps, and Irene Feige, The Future of Mobility: Scenarios for the United States in 2030, RAND (RR-246), 2013
Ecola, Liisa, and Thomas Light, "Making Congestion Pricing Equitable," Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2187, 2011
Ecola, Liisa and Thomas Light, Equity and Congestion Pricing: A Review of the Evidence, RAND (TR-680-EDF), 2009
Sorensen, Paul, Liisa Ecola, Martin Wachs, Max Donath, Lee Munnich, and Betty Serian, Implementable Strategies for Shifting to Direct Usage-Based Charges for Transportation Funding, NCHRP Web-Only Document 143 (RP-1395), 2009
Sorensen, Paul, Martin Wachs, Endy Y. Min, Aaron Kofner, Liisa Ecola, Mark Hanson, Allison Yoh, Thomas Light, James Griffin, Moving Los Angeles: Short-Term Policy Options for Improving Transportation, RAND (MG-748-JAT/METRO/MCLA), 2008