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 two major areas: the intersection of transportation with climate policy, and congestion pricing. In 2008, she organized three workshops on the climate, energy, and transportation policy. She has also conducted extensive work in smart growth, managing the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for EPA for five years, conducting research on the relationship between transportation network and performance at the regional level, and coordinating both technical assistance as well as conference support. 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 M.C.P. from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Trials of a mileage-based user fee
- Reducing traffic congestion in Los Angeles
- Options for U.S. greenhouse-gas mitigation
- Understanding and reducing off-duty vehicle crashes among military personnel
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