Jeffrey D. Ensor

A principal consultant in Parsons Brinckerhoff’s strategic consulting group, Jeffrey Ensor is an expert on transit and rail policy, innovative finance, and economics. He is an advisor to senior agency executives assisting them with FTA New Starts, funding strategies and major capital investment decisions.

Ensor is driven by a passion for helping transit agencies find project solutions — from identifying alternative financing approaches, to securing federal grants, to developing the economic and business case for a new investment. In 2011, he led the New Starts applications for two of only four projects to be admitted into New Starts Preliminary Engineering. Ensor was project manager for the Southwest Multi-State Rail Planning Study, the first multi-state passenger rail network planning study in the United States. Sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration, the study utilized a series of workshops with transit agencies, railroads, states and metropolitan planning organizations from California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado to develop a common passenger rail network vision. It also identified opportunities to improve coordination and decision-making across agencies for the benefit of an integrated southwest passenger rail network. As deputy project manager for FRA’s National Planning Study, Ensor helped develop a planning tool that identifies conceptual estimates of high-speed and intercity passenger rail corridor potential as well as the benefits of developing HSIPR corridors as part of an integrated network.

“I really enjoy working at the intersection of public policy, finance, economics and problem solving. It’s particularly satisfying when you help find a way to make good things happen ... It’s great to work with colleagues who are so passionate about making a difference in others’ lives.”