Rail Transportation in the US: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation Market Research Report | NAICS 48211 | Mar 2016

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

IBISWorld’s Rail Transportation market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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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

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Rail networks are designed to transport goods from city to city and from production centers to consumption destinations. As a result, 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 25.4% 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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