Jeff Frkonja

Senior Director

Jeff is an experienced researcher and planning analytics professional with deep expertise in travel forecasting, land-use forecasting, model applications, and related analytics for transportation studies. He is an excellent project manager who uses both plan-based and Agile techniques and is adept at facilitating meetings of diverse stakeholders. Jeff excels at leading teams to discern historical trends from observed data and forecast likely future outcomes for clients. He has also done work to develop and apply benefit-cost analysis (BCA) tools for assessing the impacts of alternative transportation investments. Jeff’s rich history of work in both the private and public sectors has informed major transportation plans, transit alternatives analyses, air quality conformity modeling, transit modeling research, bicycle modeling research, and project-level studies including Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) under state and national laws.

Jeff has been practicing in the transportation field since 2001. Before joining RSG, he was the Research Center Director at Oregon Metro, where he provided leadership and advanced analytics that informed land-use plans, transportation plans and programs, equity policies, and data-sharing practices. Jeff also previously managed the Puget Sound Regional Council’s (PSRC’s) Model & Data Applications Group and served as a Modeling Specialist at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

An avid bicyclist, another of Jeff’s favorite research interests is forecasting demand for “active transportation” (walking and bicycling).

MPA, Public Administration, Urban & Transportation Planning, University of Washington

BS, Engineering, Virginia Tech

Frkonja, J., M. Kitchen, M. Outwater, M. Simonson, and C. Johnson. “A New Approach to Regional Transportation Plan Development and Analysis.” Presented at the Transportation Research Board Planning Applications Conference, Houston, TX, May 2009.

Zhou, Y., J. Frkonja, A. Norton, and J. Sutton. “An Enterprise Geodatabase Supporting Planning, Travel Demand Modeling, and Land Use Modeling at a Regional Scale.” Presented at Transportation Research Board Planning Applications Conference, 2005.

Zhou, Y. J. Frkonja, and A. Norton. “Building An Enterprise Geodatabase for Transportation Planning and Modeling.” Presented at the 17th Annual GIS-T Symposium, 2004.

Frkonja, J., A. Norton, and L. Blain. “Data Management Techniques: Integrating Databases at the Puget Sound Regional Council.” Presented at the AMPO Travel Model Work Group, 2004.

Kitchen, M., J. Frkonja, C. Johnson, K. Overby, and M. Outwater. “Evaluation of Toll Concepts for a Transportation Plan.” Presented at the Transportation Research Board Planning Applications Conference, Houston, TX, May 2009.