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Who We Are

FTR is the industry's source for Transportation Intelligence. FTR has served the shipping, trucking, rail, intermodal, equipment, and financial communities for nearly thirty years.

From freight demand to system capacity to equipment production, FTR clients benefit from the most reliable forecasts, quantitative market intelligence, key trends, and comprehensive analysis on North American freight transportation. Transportation professionals apply this information to their internal planning, forecasting, and market analysis. 

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Our Motto:

The economy generates freight, and freight drives demand for carriers and equipment!

FTR connects the dots between shippers, carriers, and equipment producers, providing forecasts for the freight transportation industry

FTR's Freight•cast

The principle tool of forecasting is FTR's award-winning* Freight•cast. This critically acclaimed freight forecasting model was first constructed in the 1980s and was later enhanced in the late 90s. This model was developed by estimating the movement of (virtually) all items with weight in the economy, measuring several critical movements of freight transportation in the United States.

Each month the Freight•cast forecasts 85,000 series and over 13 million datapoints. These forecasts track changes in the economy, providing the evidence necessary for identifying market trends, helping companies make sense of the current situation, and plan for the future.

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*10 awards since 2005 from the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, including Best Overall Forecast in 2012 and 2014. 

Inflection Points: Understanding Upside and Downside Risks

At FTR we fully understand that a baseline forecast is often incorrect, and hence insufficient in providing guidance to companies. As the industry's leading forecasting firm we provide upside and downside possibilities, and point out the markers and events which might trigger changes in the forecast. These inflection points are critical for making informed business decisions. This is especially relevant in the current recovery which continues to defy historical trends.

See FTR's Data and Analysis in Action

Download samples of our monthly reports. From freight demand to system capacity to equipment production, FTR reports cover all aspects of freight transportation and have become the benchmark for many in the freight transportation industry.

Each month FTR publishes the State of Freight TODAY. This FREE publication provides commentary on key issues, current events & forecasts by FTR's subject matter experts on rail, trucking, the economy, and more.

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