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Rail Transportation in the US: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation Market Research Report | NAICS 48211 | Apr 2014

On track: Higher production and spending will bolster demand for rail transportation

IBISWorld’s Rail Transportation market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$79bn
Annual Growth 09-14
8.7%
Annual Growth 14-19
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Employment
189,187
Businesses
575
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Rail Transportation industry is on the right track, unimpeded by rising fuel prices and environmental concerns that hamper other modes of transportation. The resurgence of the industry's popularity will be supported by a high level of technological change, leading to more powerful and fuel-efficient locomotives. Furthermore, higher production levels and greater consumer spending will support industry demand... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

This industry has a high level of capital intensity, largely because operators must develop and maintain their own infrastructure. With an increasing trend towards efficiency, there are also investments being made for more efficient engines. These factors further contribute to the industry's high capital costs associated with entry to the market. Industry operators typically reinvest about $0.40 of capital for every dollar of revenue. The capital intensity of this industry is projected to have increased over the five years to 2014 due to recent investments in capital infrastructure. In the next five years, capital investments are expected to increase as expansion becomes necessary to meet growing demand... purchase to read more

 


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What is the Rail Transportation Industry?

The Rail Transportation industry comprises companies that operate railroads across the United States. This includes large railroads (Class 1 railroads) and regional and local line-haul railroads that carry freight and passengers. This industry does not include scenic and sightseeing rail transportation, street railroads, commuter rail or rapid transit.

Industry Products
Bulk freightIntermodal servicesPassenger servicesOther services
 
Industry Activities
Operating line-haul railroadsOperating short line railroadsOperating intercity passenger trains


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