Rail Transportation in the US: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation Market Research Report | NAICS 48211 | Mar 2015

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

The Rail Transportation market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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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 - Starting a New Business Chapter

Extensive sources of capital are required to establish new rail networks and to purchase cars and locomotives. From 1980 to present day, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) states that $525 billion has been reinvested to improve the freight rail network. Furthermore, unlike trucks, barges and air freights, rail freights are owned and funded by private investors. This requires industry-specific expertise in raising capital. Consequently, $0.40 is reinvested for every dollar generated in revenue. Fortunately, the depreciation policies allow certain capital investments to be recorded as assets which helps the balance sheet. The issue with this accounting process is that it requires large levels of capital investment to take advantage of the "betterment accounting"... 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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