Daniel Smith has over 25 years of consulting experience in freight transportation strategy, policy, and planning, with particular emphasis on truck, rail, and marine intermodal transportation. His major clients have included ports, railroads, shippers, leasing companies, industry associations, and government agencies.

Major relevant projects have included:

Inland Port Feasibility Studies – Mr. Smith has led teams analyzing the feasibility of inland port and intermodal rail operations in Southern California, Northern California, and Arizona.
  San Pedro Bay Long – Term Forecast – Mr. Smith has been the project manager and primary author for the 1998, 2001, and 2008 long-term cargo forecasts for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Similar studies were performed for other ports.
  SCAG Goods Movement Studies – On behalf of the Southern California Association of Governments, Mr. Smith lead the Interregional Goods Movement Study, the Truck-Rail Goods Movement Study, and the Empty Ocean Container Logistics Study.
  Modal Shift and Competition Studies – Mr. Smith has analyzed modal competition and potential modal shifts for SCAG, FRA/MARAD, AAR, TTX, Xtra Intermodal, and the Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
  Rail Intermodal Line and Terminal Capacity – Mr. Smith has analyzed the ability of rail lines and terminals to support traffic growth for FRA/MARAD, AAR, BN, SP, the Port of Oakland, and the Panama Canal Authority.

Mr. Smith has been a frequent contributor to trade journals and industry conferences, and is often quoted in industry publications. In March of 2000, he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on anti-trust issues and economic conditions in the world shipping industry. Mr. Smith has previously been a Senior Associate in the Transportation Group of Mercer Management Consulting, and Manager of Rail and Intermodal projects at Manalytics, Inc.

Mr. Smith holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. He received his master’s degree from the Graduate School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, and did further postgraduate work in transportation economics and policy. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, where he taught introductory courses in transportation.