FTR Schedules State of Freight Webinar: Rail Outlook


Rail carloads are in the midst of a dramatic slowdown and it appears that the rails will be entering a new era.  Former mainstays such as coal and crude-by-rail are flagging and it is not clear from where replacement volume will be gained.  What can rail carload activity tell us about the state of the economy?  How much of the current downturn is cyclical and how much represents permanent structural change?  And how should the rails change to meet the challenge?  Join FTR’s rail expert analyst Larry Gross as he takes a provocative look at these questions during this State of Freight webinar scheduled for Thursday, March 10th at 11 a.m. EDT.

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Gross will review the current status of rail carload, explain reasons for the downturn, cover prospects for improvement and where it might come from, as well as detail what the rails need to do to change the fundamental equation.

As Gross noted, “The current swoon in rail carloads is presenting the railroads with perhaps the most fundamental challenge since the deregulated era began.  While some of the losses represent normal swings in the economy, a substantial portion of the volume has been lost to fundamental structural change and is never coming back.  This webinar will explore the issues and what the railroads must do to remain as relevant as ever in the new era.”

This is a thirty-minute webinar moderated by Jon Starks, COO of FTR. Participant Q&A session will be held after the presentation.

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For more than two decades, FTR has been the thought leader in freight transportation forecasting in North America. The company’s national award-winning forecasters collect and analyze all data likely to impact freight movement, issuing consistently reliable reports for trucking, rail, and intermodal transportation as well as providing demand analysis for commercial vehicle and railcar. FTR’s forecasting and specially designed reports have resulted in advanced planning and cost-savings for companies throughout the transportation sector.

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