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Rail Transportation in the US: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation Market Research Report | NAICS 48211 | Nov 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 Locations Chapter

Rail networks are designed to transport goods from city to city and from production centers to consumption destinations. As such, services are linked with the location of consumer and producer centers and ports of transit. The region with the largest number of railroads is the Southeast due to the number of seaports that are in the region. The Southeast, which includes the largest tonnage port in the United States, the Port of Southern Louisiana, represents 26.6% of US freight railroads.

Railroads create a land bridge by servicing container ports between the West Coast and the East Coast. The West has three out of the largest five container ports in the United States: Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oakland, all in California... 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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