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. The railcars were successfully installed at that training facility earlier this Spring.
“We were honored to have the opportunity to assist Loudoun County with the development of this unique, and important, training facility,” said RLBA Principal Consultant Davidson Ward. “I am proud that our work with the County, as well as with WMATA, helped facilitate the safe installation of these 70,000 pound railcars.”
RLBA completed the work in multiple tasks: 1) move planning, in which RLBA negotiated with seven different government entities and completed mapping and route planning to gauge the best route to move the railcars over-the-road; 2) preparing the technical aspects of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Loudoun County to move the railcar and assisting in the selection process and 3) project management, wherein it provided the selected contractor with all applicable contracts and reports generated in Task 1, as well as stationing staff members on-site at all times to ensure the move was completed safely and efficiently.
“The logistics and planning associated with over-the-road railcar movement is a unique skillset that our Firm is excited to be able to provide,” explained RLBA President, Charlie Banks. “Not only did this work include logistics and move planning, but it also required public sector solicitation, procurement review, and multi-year project management. In the end, it showcases the breadth of experience our Firm has to offer.”