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The most comprehensive view of the rail freight landscape

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Unlock the power of FTR's Freight•cast™ and AAR's carload commodity groups to make more informed decisions.

Our Rail Update combines powerful data from the industry's leading sources like AAR with the most sophisticated commercial freight forecasting methodology, Freight•cast™, to guide your strategic decision-making.

We are the only company providing a forecast of AAR's carload commodity groups, letting you know exactly where rail freight is heading.

Your organization needs actionable intelligence to understand the competitive landscape for railcar capacity.

Insights to improve your bottom line.

Each month, we scrutinize reliable market data and deliver exclusive forecasts to our clients for:

  • FTR Rail Shippers Conditions Index
  • Carload Outlook
  • Railcar Utilization
  • Rail Rate Index
  • Carload Group Forecasts by AAR Commodity Group
  • Competitiveness to other modes
  • Exclusive economic forecasts
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Concise thought leadership

We've designed the Rail Update service to provide you with the information you need in an easy-to-consume format.  Each month, you'll receive:

  • A PDF report with forecast changes and market updates
  • Two expertly written commentaries to equip you with the intelligence you need to be your company's thought leader
  • A monthly freight webinar to expand on the hot topics and forecast risks you should have on your radar

Stop leaving money on the table with speculative decision-making.

Download a sample report to see how a data-driven market intelligence service can unlock better strategic decisions.


Have additional questions? Select a day on the calendar to schedule a meeting so we can work through your specific challenges.

Quick chats help me understand your pain points better and provide an opportunity to put questions you have in front of our team of experts.


Derek Young - AVP, Sales & Marketing