Jim Blaze was formerly Director of Operations, Economics, & Strategic Planning for Zeta Tech Associates (a Harsco Rail unit) in Cherry Hill NJ USA.
Before that he spent two decades working as a railway man at Consolidated Rail Corporation. Jim has a Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago.
Jim has extensive hands-on experience in implementing transportation privatization, joint ventures, and mergers. He has undertaken a wide range of assignments in strategic planning; public policy analysis; multiple-mode (intermodal) competitive analysis; business restructuring; senior management culture change; and marketing/operations analysis.
He has also undertaken due diligence research on regulatory, civil, and accident investigation matters. This includes cross examination and regulatory/legal evidence gathering and defense.
His references include competitive analysis of markets among maritime, trucking, and rail freight services in competitive corridors like the Panama Canal versus the stacked train services; St. Lawrence Seaway versus rail-east coast port logistics options; stack trains versus trucks in the LA – Chicago market lane; big train technology in lanes like Mongolia to eastern Chinese ports; and economic feasibility of upgrading rail gauges in the commercial Senegal-Mali rail corridor.
His work includes technical lectures on railway accident investigation procedures and evidence gathering for multiple clients. It also includes experience at performing railway safety audits.
His client engagements have included technical planning assignments in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, Canada and the US.
Jim was a member of the USRA railway team that helped the US government reorganize and merge seven bankrupt railways into Conrail in the 1970s.
Jim now consults for select global clients from his southern New Jersey office.
Jim's commentaries and observations there are his own, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of his former associates or his current clients.