• Want to Buy or Sell a Rail Line?

    RLBA recently assisted Canadian Pacific, Ltd. in preparing to sell the former Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern "West End," a 660-mile long corridor. Genessee & Wyoming Inc. just recently announced it would buy it for $220 million. Click the title above to find out more.

  • Light at the End of the Tunnel
    Light at the End of the Tunnel

    RLBA has performed infrastructure assessments, valuations and cost-to-cure assignments on behalf of dozens of clients. We will make sure there is always a light at the end of your tunnel.

  • Planning and Logistics
    Planning and Logistics

    RLBA has traveled to some of the most remote stretches of railroad in the U.S. and Canada in pursuit of developing a better business model. Passenger, freight, commuter - RLBA has done it all.

  • National Presence
    National Presence

    RLBA features offices across the country, but is headquartered in the Washington, D.C. area. With access to a plenitude of agencies and associations, RLBA can assist on all manner of Federal- and State-level railroad issues.

  • To whom does Amtrak turn?
    To whom does Amtrak turn?

    In some of the most intense litigation of the Amtrak era, including a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, Amtrak and other clients chose RLBA to be on their side.

Rail Consultants

R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc. (RLBA) embodies deep and diverse expertise in railroad economics, engineering and service planning. RLBA brings over 50 years of experience integrating these disciplines in a unique way across intercity passenger rail, commuter rail and freight rail projects in North America. RLBA’s team of rail consultants combines its strong technical understanding of railroad operations, economics and engineering to perform complex analyses and effectively communicate findings that strengthen the work of rail customers, railroads, government agencies, rail authorities, investors, attorneys, planners and economic developers.


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Recent News

Former RLBA Client Named Short Line of the Year

In its April 2014 issue, Railway Age magazine named the Coos Bay Rail Link its Short Line Railroad of the Year. The magazine "has followed the rapid rise of Coos Bay Rail Link with interest and continuous coverage," the article claims. "Coos Bay Rail Link's rapid rise to prominence caught the attention of editors and industry officials alike."