Rail and Transit Consulting

Transportation Planning and Research

R. H. Bohannan & Associates can provide any or all of the following services:

Rail and Transit Consulting

  • Estimate future transit ridership.
  • Estimate shortline railroad passenger excursion ridership.
  • Evaluate and suggest transit or rail equipment or rolling stock options.
  • Design transit system routes and schedules and recommend service frequencies based on area or corridor demographics and ridership projections.
  • Prioritize locations for bus pull-outs.
  • Develop pro-forma statements of operation for shortline railroads and rural or small-urban transit services.
  • Draft public and operating timetables, as well as safety, marketing, and maintenance plans.
  • Prepare press releases, brochures, and Web site content.


Rail and Transit Planning

The conduct of transportation planning studies, including rail and transit feasibility studies, and circulation, freight or transit elements of comprehensive transportation studies, typically involves several steps. Key milestones are the study of current conditions in the study area or corridor, the study of future conditions, based on demographic projections for one or more population and/or horizon year thresholds, and the development of a plan of recommended improvements. Stakeholdes and the public are involved with the project at key milestones. Working with the agency project manager, R. H. Bohannan & Associates can provide any or all of the following services:

Study Current Conditions

  • Inventory current multimodal conditions within the study area or corridor.
  • Summarize the operations of existing fixed route rail or transit, deviated fixed route transit, demand-response, and/or human services transportation providers in the area.
  • Gather and analyze, available data concerning governance, fleet status, levels of service, ridership, employment and other activity centers, and travel patterns.
  • Summarize the unmet needs identified by the client agency, the service operators themselves, the technical advisory committee (TAC), and other stakeholders.
  • Inventory major pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Examine and document the demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of public transportation and non-motorized transportation users.
  • Analyze current local and regional transit demand, including the demand for medical, shopping, educational, and other trips.

Study Future Conditions

  • Examine concepts for future public transportation in the study area or corridor.
  • Review the findings and recommendations of pertinent existing studies and plans.
  • Revise ridership and demand estimates of previous studies and plans to reflect the changes in study area demographics since their completion.
  • Identify candidate demographic thresholds that would warrant additional public transportation services such as the implementation of local circulators in urbanizing areas or extension of existing transit or rail services from adjacent areas already being served.
  • Estimate transit demand for horizon-year or population growth thresholds, for example, as directed by the client.
  • Evaluate the projected demand and estimate levels of service and suggest potential transit route alignments needed to meet that demand at each threshold, considering existing and emerging residential areas and employment centers.


Transportation Research

Research projects often involve many of the steps included in the planning and consulting services described above. In addition, R. H. Bohannan & Associates can provide any or all of the following services:

  • Conduct census of public or private sector stakeholders.
  • Conduct Web research of previous research and pertinent literature, proposals, and applicable government rules and regulations.
  • Interview peer agencies and operators.
  • Document lessons learned and best practices.
  • Photograph and document study area or corridor conditions.

Public Involvement Activities

  • Develop slide shows and graphics for presentation at meetings of area stakeholders and the public.
  • Prepare project newsletters, handouts, and project Web site content.
  • Respond to questions related to the findings and recommendations at each study milestone.
  • Conduct public meetings, technical advisory committee sessions, and stakeholder interviews.

Public Speaking

Rob Bohannan is an accomplished public speaker and presenter.  Rob has made presentations and conducted sessions on rail, transit, and other transportation issues at conferences such "Roads and Streets" held annually by the Arizona Society of Civil Engineers and the annual Arizona "Rural Transportation Summit."

Rob is available to speak to service clubs, schools, municipal and legislative committees, and other public or private sector meetings.

Writing and Editing

Rob Bohannan is skilled at writing and editing reports, technical memoranda, project press releases.

Contact Rob Bohannan

  • Desk: 602.996.7790
  • Cell: 602.618.5884


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Development of Evaluation Criteria and Plan for Improvements

  • Draft a transit plan and recommend “next steps” to be taken by the client to plan for anticipated residential growth, development of new or expanded employment or activity centers, new educational facilities, and other developments that could increase the demand for public transportation.
  • Recommend population and employment density thresholds or horizon year thresholds that will “trigger” the implementation or expansion of different forms of public transportation.

Strategies recommended for urbanizing areas or smaller cities could include:

  • Implementation of transportation demand management such as a ride sharing program or vanpool program.
  • Development of one or more local circulator service areas where concentrations of population and employment warrant.
  • Development of a local fixed route or deviated fixed route transit network.
  • Extension of existing transit or rail services operating in neighboring communities into the study area.
  • Planning and right‐of-way preservation for future extension of rail or transit into the study area or corridor.