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RLBA Completes Multi-Year, Mutli-Disciplinary Project on behalf of GE Power in Schenectady, New York

R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc. (RLBA) recently completed a multi-year, multi-disciplinary study of the internal plant railroad used to service the GE Power facility at Schenectady, New York. RLBA was engaged by GE following interest its management had in increasing the maximum net rail load of its multi-axle flatcars from 800,000 lbs to 1,000,000 lbs […]

RLBA Successfully Manages Over-the-Road Transport and Logistics of Two Subway Cars

R.L. Banks & Associates, Inc. (RLBA) was retained by the Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure (Loudoun County) to assist in the planning, procurement and execution of an over-the-road movement of two donated WMATA railcars from the Washington, D.C. Metrorail system to the Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Training Facility in Leesburg, Virginia. […]

RLBA Completes Regulatory Review of Shortline Railroad

On May 19, RLBA completed a federal regulatory review of Howard Energy Partners’ (HEP) G.T. Logistics (GTL) rail facility in Port Arthur, TX. HEP purchased GTL two years ago and was unfamiliar with regulations in the rail space but was familiar with federal oversight from their experience in the oil and gas industry. After visits […]

Virginia Railway Express Turns to RLBA’s Railroad Operations Simulation Team to Provide Capacity Analysis

RLBA was engaged by Northern Virginia’s commuter rail service, Virginia Railway Express (VRE), to develop a rail network simulation model depicting VRE’s existing operation. RLBA railroad operations experts employed Rail Traffic Controller (RTC©), the gold standard of rail network simulation applications, to evaluate VRE, Amtrak, CSX and Norfolk Southern (NS) train performance under eight VRE […]

RLBA Completes Three Quiet Zone Studies in 2016 for Public and Private Sector Clients

As freight train volumes continue to grow on railroads across the country, applications submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) for the establishment of Quiet Zones – stretches of railroads over which trains receive special permission not to blow horns at highway/railroad grade crossings –continue to increase as well. RLBA remains a leading national provider […]

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 […]

RLBA Assists in Canadian Pacific Sale of DM&E to Genesee and Wyoming

Canadian Pacific, Ltd. (CP) engaged RLBA in 2013 to perform select, detailed studies in support of its then recently-announced sale of the former Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern (DM&E) “West End.” RLBA’s Staff, under the leadership of John McLaughlin and Charlie Banks, performed a study to assist potential buyers in understanding costs and cost drivers associated […]