Rail Transportation in the US: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation Market Research Report | NAICS 48211 | Nov 2015

Chugging along: Demand for rail transportation will increase as the labor market improves

IBISWorld’s Rail Transportation market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Rail transportation has made a comeback over the past few years. Increased fuel efficiency, growing demand for bulk freight transportation and a lower carbon footprint have resulted in greater demand for the Rail Transportation industry's services. In the coming years, freight volume and demand for rail transportation will increase as the labor market improves, consumers spend more freely and inventories are rebuilt... purchase to read more

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In the Rail Transportation industry, revenue is mainly derived from providing freight services. Freight services can be further divided into bulk and intermodal freight services. Together, these services are estimated to generate 51.8% and 42.7% of industry revenue, respectively. Additionally, a small percentage of industry operators also provide passenger services.

Bulk freight

Bulk freight refers to the process of transporting unpackaged commodity cargo in large quantities. These goods can be either liquid or dry depending on what else its train car is carrying. As the name suggests, liquid freights can carry a range of liquids including liquid hydrogen. For all other types of commodities, such as coal or grain, operators use dry freight cars... 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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