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Rail Transportation Industry Analysis

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Industry Overview & Outlook . .
- Market Size
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- Market Forecast   .
- Products/Services Breakdown   .
- Revenue per State . .
$ Financial Metrics . .
$ Salary & Compensation Benchmarks . .
@ Key Companies   .
- Industry News & Innovators   .
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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Rail Transportation

Overview: the U.S. Rail Transportation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:

  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Rail Transportation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

market size 2018
Charts and graphs can be copied to Microsoft Word and Powerpoint presentations.

Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

market forecast

Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map by state

Rail Transportation Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Rail Transportation companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Rail Transportation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Rail Transportation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Rail Transportation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers1%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 7%
Construction and Extraction Occupations 9%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 14%
Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Mechanics, Installers, and Repairers 7%
Heavy Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Service Technicians and Mechanics 6%
Rail Car Repairers 5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 52%
Rail Transportation Workers 45%
Locomotive Engineers and Operators 18%
Locomotive Engineers 17%
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators 9%
Railroad Brake, Signal, and Switch Operators 9%
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters 18%
Railroad Conductors and Yardmasters 18%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Rail Transportation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Union Pacific Distribution Services trademarks "LOUP" - Transportation logistics services - 01/26/2018
  • Dalko Resources trademarks "MYSOURCE" - Freight logistics management; Freight management services - 07/18/2017
  • BNSF Railway patents Locomotive Electrical Systems Simulator - 03/02/2017
  • Union Pacific Distribution Services patents Flooring Incorporating Open And Enclosed Air Ducts - 02/02/2017
  • BNSF Railway trademarks "RAILPASS" - Downloadable mobile applications for facilitating the transfer of shipments at an intermodal facility - 11/15/2016
  • ENDRA Life Sciences raises $2 million in funding. - 03/25/2014

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Union Pacific Distribution Services162
    BNSF Railway53
    ENDRA Life Sciences8

    Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

    Latest Industry News

    • LIRR’s Double Track to get last five miles of rail, Cuomo says - With cameras in tow, Cuomo walked the rail, and showed off a new machine, which he later said was capable of laying one mile of track per day, about 10 times as fast as what workers were able to do manually in years past. The Metropolitan Transportation ... (01/13/2018)
    • Tampa Bay Transit: How rapid buses left light rail in the dust - "So you’re kind of combining the feel of rail with the cost and flexibility of BRT." That system would ideally be able to accommodate autonomous vehicle technology in the future. This new transit spine would connect other transportation modes to help ... (01/12/2018)
    • Commuter rail is T's weakest link - As state Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack indicated, subway cars sidelined Friday were all back in service on Monday, something that couldn't be done three years earlier. However, it's the commuter rail that remains the T's weak link. Yes ... (01/12/2018)
    • Tampa Bay’s transit future: Light rail’s out. Rapid buses are in. - paid for with $1.5 million from the Florida Department of Transportation and overseen by the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. Neither Buckhorn nor Cohen was surprised by the selection of BRT over light rail, but said they suspect some in the ... (01/12/2018)
    • State wide alternative Transportation Authority - Sen. Dana Young and Rep. James Grant, both Tampa Republicans, have filed Bills in the Florida Legislature (SB 1200/HB 535) to take money from state passenger rail projects to build alternative transportation systems. These alternative transportation ... (01/12/2018)
    • Research delivers insight into the rail wheels market 11 company profiles and competitive landscape analysis report - The Rail Wheels Industry provides a basic overview of the industry ... Drilling down, segments and sectors like apparel, automotive, automotive & transportation, aviation, biotechnology, chemicals, computer equipment, computer networking (01/12/2018)
    • Malloy To Postpone $4.3 Billion Worth Of Transportation Projects Across Connecticut - Redeker said eight state transportation projects were put on hold in November to save $26.4 million. Another four rail and highway projects, with a total cost of $277 million, are now scheduled to be postponed in April if no additional funding is approved. (01/12/2018)
    • CO: Candidates in Gubernatorial Field Weigh in on Colorado Transportation, Longmont Rail Issues - Jan. 10--Jared Polis unveiled his plan Tuesday for transportation in Colorado if elected governor. The Boulder Democrat said on a call with reporters that, if elected, he would advocate for funding high-speed commuter rail along the Front Range. That would ... (01/11/2018)
    • MnDOT shuts down high-speed rail study - PAUL — Environmental work on a proposed high-speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Milwaukee won't move ahead after key Republican lawmakers objected to the state accepting federal money for the project. The Minnesota Department of Transportation was ... (01/10/2018)
    • High-Speed Rail Starting to Offer Real Alternatives to Flying - Again, the different modes of transport that might seem to be rivals for the same passengers are in many way complementary. Low-cost airlines focused on short-haul routes and European high-speed rail options that would seem to compete are generally not ... (01/10/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,273,955 on Rail Transportation. It has awarded 39 contracts to 12 companies, with an average value of $106,163 per company.   

    Top government vendors:

    CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

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