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DTCI Completes Freight Marketing Study for Saudi Railway Organization

Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. recently completed a Freight Marketing Study for Saudi Railway Organization to identify opportunities to increase freight traffic on the Dammam-Riyadh rail line and inland Dry Port in Riyadh. The project was undertaken in collaboration with Effect Advisory, a consulting firm based in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The DTCI project team included Darryl Anderson of Wave Point Consulting, Norm Hooper of Hooper Engineering, and Steve Hayto of S5 Services. The scope of the project included identification of opportunities to increase traffic from existing and new customers, assessment of operational and infrastructure changes which would be required to attract the additional traffic, and estimates of investment costs. More Information.

To build on the success of our collaboration on the Freight Marketing Study, DTCI and Effect Advisory (EA) have agreed to collaborate on projects in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The combined expertise of DTCI and EA offers a responsive, cost-effective and unique alternative for clients that wish to quickly transform their concepts into greater enterprise value. Effect Advisory is a highly specialized advisory and execution consultancy. EA is composed of professionals originally from the GCC region., and contributes an excellent understanding of the local business, geography, culture and language. DTCI provides a broad range of transportation consulting services for the private and public sector, specializing in the leadership of multidisciplinary teams capable of undertaking large and complex projects encompassing transportation economics, logistics, environmental issues and technology. Our multimodal transport specialists provide world-class expertise in transportation planning and logistics.

Philip Davies (DTCI) and Ra'id A. Al Rahmah,  President of Effect Advisory

Philip Davies (DTCI) and Ra’id A. Al Rahmah,
President of Effect Advisory

Halifax Regional Goods Movement Opportunity Scoping Study

DTCI has been engaged by Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) to conduct a Regional Goods Movement Opportunity Scoping Study. HRM is embarking on an ambitious Integrated Mobility Strategy to help direct future investment in transportation demand management, transit and the active transportation and roadway network. The plan will also strive to identify the two-way inter-relationship between growth patterns and investment in mobility. The Regional Goods Movement Opportunity Scoping Study will provide a starting point for the inclusion of goods movement issues in the Integrated Mobility Strategy. Project team members include The team is being led by Philip Davies of Davies Transportation Consulting Inc. as prime contractor, in cooperation with James Frost of MariNova Consulting Ltd., Thomas McGuire of Group ATN and Steve Hayto of S5 Services.

Sturgeon County Athabasca Rail Spur Feasibility Analysis

Davies Transportation Consulting Inc., in collaboration with Hooper Engineering and Wave Point Consulting Ltd. was engaged by Sturgeon County to assist in evaluating the option of purchasing the Athabasca rail spur (Morinville to Legal) from CN Rail. Pursuant to Section 145 of the Canada Transportation Act, the railway line was offered for sale to local governments (Sturgeon County, the Town of Morinville, and the Town of Legal) with a tight deadline for completion in time for the County to respond to CN’s offer.

The consulting team reviewed the history of the rail line, reviewed the ASR’s track structure, estimated capital and operating costs to maintain rail operations, provided a high level assessment of net salvage value of the rail line, and undertook financial analysis of potential operating results for two acquisition cost scenarios. In addition, we provided advice on regulations governing rail line abandonment and options for determination of net salvage value; a review of obligations for the owner of a provincially regulated railway under the Alberta Railway Act, and commercial requirements from CN for concluding an operating agreement governing operations and commercial relationships between CN and the shortline operator; and a review of municipal involvement in shortline railways elsewhere in Canada, including key success factors. On the basis of this analysis, it was concluded that without substantially more rail traffic there is little probability that purchase of the line for the purposes of continuing rail operations would be commercially viable.