Robert D. Mulholland




L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. (1995-2004, 2008-present) -- Mr. Mulholland has over 25 years of experience conducting and directing studies analyzing many facets of the freight and passenger transportation industries, with an emphasis on economics, operations, and policy. He has developed and sponsored Expert Reports and Verified Statements in multiple Surface Transportation Board (STB) proceedings, arbitration proceedings, and litigation covering a wide range of subjects.


Mr. Mulholland has extensive experience analyzing complex and voluminous databases containing transactional and movement data for Class I railroads and major trucking companies.


Mr. Mulholland has conducted market and economic analyses to support multiple shippers’ transportation contract negotiations with Class I railroads.

Mr. Mulholland has developed and conducted analyses of fuel surcharges and fuel surcharge provisions as applied to rail unit train, carload, and intermodal traffic for several shipper clients, over all Class I railroads.


Mr. Mulholland conducted a field study of the physical plant and operations of a short-line railroad to evaluate the impact of proposed shared-use of right of way for passenger and freight trackage over portions of the network.


Mr. Mulholland led studies to evaluate the economics around, and assist a client with, the procurement and delivery of natural gas to fuel a proposed midwestern power generating facility.


Mr. Mulholland conducted a field study of the physical plant and operations of an industry rail spur to determine the feasibility of proposed expansion and alternate uses of the infrastructure and surrounding land.


Mr. Mulholland has conducted critical analyses of Federal agencies’ Regulatory Impact Analyses (RIA) accompanying Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and Final Rules (FR) related to transportation infrastructure, including the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) implementation of Congressionally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) system requirements.

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 for both modes. 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 collaborated on a study comparing fuel usage for rail and truck movements for select commodities and corridors. Mr. Mulholland also 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 as 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 tasked with developing 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. The team focused on fostering the development of public and private solutions to freight movement 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, and he led the implementation of four freight infrastructure improvement programs initiated under SAFETEA-LU.


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).

Rob Mulholland