James S. Gillespie

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interests:

  • Innovative Contracting
  • Forecasting
  • Benefit/Cost Analysis
  • Life-Cycle Cost Analysis  
  • Transportation Finance


  • M.A., Economics, University of Virginia
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Chicago


  • American Economic Association
  • Chairman, NCHRP project panel 20-102(34), "Land Use Impacts of Shared and Private Autonomous Vehicles"
  • Member, TRB Committee AP025, "Public Transportation Planning and Development", from 1999 to 2008
  • Member, NCHRP Project Panel 14-20, "Consequences of Delayed Maintenance", from 2009 to 2016 
  • Chairman, NCHRP Project Panel 10-81, "Fuel Usage Factors in Highway and Bridge Construction", from 2009 to 2012
  • Member, NCHRP Project Panel 1-45, "Pavement Condition Impacts on Vehicle Operating Costs", from 2005 to 2011
  • Chairman, NCHRP Project Panel 8-59, "Transportation Cost Implications of New Development", from 2005 to 2011
  • Member, NCHRP Project Panel 2-23, "Development of an Update to the 1977 AASHTO Red Book", from 1999 to 2003 
  • Member, TCRP Project Panel H-9, "Economic Impact Analysis of Transit Investments", from 1995 to 1997
  • Member, TCRP Project Panel F-5, "Closing the Knowledge Gap for Transit Vehicle Maintenance Employees: A Systems Approach", from 1994 to 1996. 
  • Member, TRB Committee AMS50, "Economic Development and Land Use"


  • 2014 Commissioner's Award for Innovation and Quality Improvement with Mohamed Ali, Jo Javier II, Rex Pearce, and Terry Short, Jr. 

Current Projects


James S. Gillespie


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Last updated: March 18, 2024

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