Ira Hirschman is a senior economist and senior practitioner in the field of financial feasibility studies and benefit-cost analysis. He has managed or been the primary economic analyst for many transportation, urban development, and infrastructure development studies both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Hirschman is a recognized authority in the field of transportation planning, and has published widely in the field of transportation economics and public economics and finance. His expertise includes surface transportation, port feasibility studies, and freight studies. As project manager for the intermodal element of the 2005-2030 Oklahoma Statewide Intermodal Transportation Plan, he assisted ODOT in identifying transportation initiatives to enhance economic development within the state.