Rail Transportation in Canada: Market Research Report

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Rail Transportation in Canada Market Research Report | NAICS 48211CA | Feb 2016

Fully trained: Freight volumes are expected to grow with overall economy, boosting demand

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

The Rail Transportation industry is emerging as the mainstay in Canadian freight transportation. During the recession, the industry found itself at its lowest point in decades. This decline was short lived, however, as industry revenue recovered in the following years, leaving operators well positioned to expand during recovery and after. In the coming years, the industry may benefit from upcoming capital programs, which can become revenue-generating segments in the future... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Overall, the Rail Transportation industry has high barriers to entry. A company wishing to enter this industry must have large reserves of capital funding to purchase or lease rail lines, locomotives and cars. The large capital outlays result in initial low rates of return on capital, which discourages many new entrants. This is especially true for companies that wish to compete with Class 1 operators. Even at the regional and local level, the barriers to entry are equally high because Class I rail carriers are increasingly acquiring short-line operators to expand their operations. Short-line operators feed and deliver traffic to and from mainline railways, originating nearly 20.0% of the top two players' freight carload traffic... purchase to read more


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What is the Rail Transportation Industry?

Industry operators primarily manage railways, including long-haul or mainline railways, short-haul railways and passenger railways. This industry excludes the operation of street railways and urban rapid transit, tourist and scenic trains, or switching and terminal railways.

Industry Products
Intermodal freight transportationBulk freight transportationPassengers transportation
Industry Activities
Transporting freight by mainline railways Transporting freight by short line railwaysTransporting passengers by railways

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