Robert D. Mulholland




L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. (1995-2004, 2008-present) -- Mr. Mulholland has over 20 years of experience conducting and directing studies analyzing many facets of the freight transportation industry, with an emphasis on economic and policy issues.

Mr. Mulholland developed evidence containing traffic and revenue forecasts for multiple hypothetical stand-alone railroads in several Surface Transportation Board (STB) proceedings dealing with the calculation of maximum reasonable rail transportation rates for coal shippers.

Mr. Mulholland developed and conducted analyses of fuel surcharges and fuel surcharge provisions as applied to rail unit train, rail single car, and rail intermodal traffic for several shipper clients, over multiple Class I rail carriers.

Mr. Mulholland conducted a critical analysis of the Federal Railroad Administration's (FRA) Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIAs) accompanying its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Final Rule implementing Congressionally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) system requirements.

Mr. Mulholland conducted analyses of historical and forecasted coal transportation rates based on contract and tariff provisions and US Government economic data for use in rail transportation contract negotiations.

Mr. Mulholland developed studies analyzing delivered fuel prices to electric utilities using Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and related data.

Mr. Mulholland conducted studies forecasting the impact of the Union Pacific - Southern Pacific (UP-SP) merger on shippers with reduced access to rail competition following the merger, and developed studies analyzing the impact of the 1997-1998 Union Pacific (UP) railroad service crisis on system traffic flows and transit times.

Mr. Mulholland conducted a study analyzing transportation rates for rail shipments of plastics (STCC 28-211) that was submitted as evidence in a Federal court case.

Mr. Mulholland conducted several analyses using the STB's Rail Waybill Sample, and prepared reports summarizing the calculation of individual railroads' costs of providing service using the STB's Uniform Railroad Costing Service (URCS) formula.

ICF International (2006-2008) - Mr. Mulholland directed and conducted numerous analyses of the trucking and rail industries for Federal transportation agencies including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the FRA, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). His work included analyses of the current rail and trucking industries and forecasts of future trends in both industries. For FMCSA, Mr. Mulholland conducted RIAs to determine the costs imposed on and the benefits accruing to the trucking industry resulting from rules proposed by the agency. Also for FMCSA, Mr. Mulholland directed a strategic-planning study analyzing and forecasting trends in the motor carrier industry and assessing the structure and policies of the agency. For FRA, Mr. Mulholland led a study comparing fuel usage for rail and truck movements of the same commodities over the same corridors. Also while at ICF, Mr. Mulholland contributed to the development of a guidebook for practitioners to use in the negotiation and implementation of shared-use of rail facilities between freight and passenger services. This work was part of a National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) study.

Federal Highway Administration (2004-2006) - Mr. Mulholland directed the freight economics and freight infrastructure delivery programs for the Office of Freight Management & Operations of the FHWA. While employed at FHWA, Mr. Mulholland was a member of the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) inter-agency working group that drafted the current National Freight Policy. In addition, Mr. Mulholland served on the USDOT Freight Gateway Team; a group headed by the Undersecretary for Policy and composed of one representative from each of the surface modal agencies. In this role he regularly communicated with stakeholders representing public and private interests regarding various freight movement issues in an effort to identify solutions to freight system challenges in and around the ports of LA/Long Beach in Southern California. Also while at FHWA, Mr. Mulholland oversaw the development of a planning tool that estimates the long-run economic benefits arising from improvements to the freight infrastructure network. Finally, Mr. Mulholland led the implementation of four freight infrastructure improvement programs initiated under SAFETEA-LU, and authored a Report to Congress on the implementation and status of the Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) program.


Mr. Mulholland holds a Master's degree in Transportation Policy, Operations & Logistics from George Mason University's School of Public Policy (2004) and a Bachelor's degree in Government & Legal Studies from Bowdoin College (1995).

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