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Naomi Stein is a Principal at EDR Group. She helps lead the firm’s practice assessing current and planned passenger rail services and investments. Her work pertaining to rail-oriented development includes uncertainty, inter-jurisdictional planning, and high-speed-rail supported economic development. She authored a study of impacts associated with high speed rail, regional rail and tech cluster land use strategies in the UK and Portugal. She has also coauthored transit impact assessment guidance for APTA, a study of the economic importance of public transportation access to high-value industry clusters, studies of the business and social access roles of transit for major transit operators, and studies of the economic activity supported by transit operations in small and medium size communities. In addition, she coauthored a National Cooperative Transit Research synthesis of practice on the economic benefits and impacts of rail and bus transit.

Ms. Stein also brings to this team a strong practical experience evaluating multi-modal transportation systems, as well as other non-transportation forms of public infrastructure. She coauthored several TRB cooperative research studies of transportation disinvestment and the wider access and productivity benefits of transportation investments. She also managed a connectivity study assessing the return-on-investment of various multimodal infrastructure strategies aimed at maintaining intra- and inter-regional connectivity.

Prior to working at EDR Group, Ms. Stein was a member of the Regional Transportation Planning & High-Speed Rail Research Group at MIT. She is currently a member of the TRB Committee on Transportation and Economic Development (ADD10), and was appointed to be a Social and Economic Section Representative on the TRB Young Members Council of the Planning and Environmental Group. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a Master’s in transportation, a Master’s in city planning, and a Certificate in urban design, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a 2012 Eno Leadership Development Conference Fellow.

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