Transport plays an important role in the development of the economies of countries and people around the world. Some goods are readily available everywhere and can be obtained easily, while others are unique and require certain means of transportation. Transportation can certainly add value to goods. Depending on the mode of transport and the cost of moving the goods, economic benefits can be realized. The main objectives of this paper are: (1) to evaluate and compare the economic viability of utilizing two leading modes of transportation; rail and trucking systems, in the movement of goods, and (2) to perform a life cycle cost analysis using software applications, accessible databases, while considering current demand and market inclinations. The results of the analysis will be applied to assess the effects of rules and regulations of government, intricate security and safety matters and several other unforeseen issues that influence the cost or benefits related to the use of the two modes. The focus of the study will be on the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.

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Keywords Cost, Freight, Intermodal, Rail, Transportation, Truck
Conference Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2016: Resilient Infrastructure
Tayyeb, H.Y. (Hasan Y.), Easa, S. (Said), & Halim, A.O. (2016). Framework of comparative life cycle analysis for goods movement by highway trucks and railway trains. In Proceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (pp. 695–704).