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 Products Chapter
The majority of industry revenue is derived from providing freight services. Most operators provide bulk and intermodal freight, which are estimated to represent 54.1% and 41.3% of industry revenue, respectively. Companies in the industry also provide passenger services, which are a relatively small portion of industry operations .
Freight is delivered by Class 1 railroads and by regional operators. Class 1 railroads are companies that operate on mainlines; they are generally large operators with 2011 operating revenue of $452.7 million per year (latest available data). Regional and local railroads operate on branch lines and basically provide feeder services to Class 1 freight operators... purchase to read more