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FTR subscribers benefit from quantitative market intelligence, comprehensive analysis, key trends, and the most reliable forecast from the industry's foremost thought leaders on North American freight transportation.

Equipment Focus

FTR has been forecasting demand for commercial vehicle and railcar since its formation over twenty years ago and is considered the premier forecasting firm for the transportation equipment markets.

Equipment professionals apply FTR's industry leading indicators and forecasts to their internal planning, forecasting, and market analysis. FTR gives you the confidence to not only plan for the future, but communicate and defend your plans and forecasts to the C-Suite.

Truck & Trailer Outlook

Truck & Trailer Outlook

Anyone who has been in the commercial vehicle market knows that it endures large swings in production. Knowing how to understand and manage this risk is essential for suppliers preparations. FTR doesn't just give you the most up-to-date numbers, but also provides independent analysis to help you understand the risks and opportunities available in the market.

Rail Equipment Outlook

Rail Equipment Outlook

Whether you are buying or building new railcars, companies need to be able to identify trends and turn those into opportunities for growth in the market. Only FTR combines a strong understanding of freight demand with expertise in railcar equipment to produce the most comprehensive outlook available.

Equipment Focus Bundle

Equipment Focus Bundle

FTR's Equipment Focus Bundle provides data and analysis for the manufacture of components for commercial vehicle trucks, trailers and railcars. The bundle includes access to our Truck & Trailer Outlook, Rail Equipment Outlook and all databases, and provides at least 10% savings off the total cost.

Shippers Update

Shipping professionals utilize FTR's industry leading indicators, forecasts and analysis, applying this information to their internal planning, forecasting, and market analysis. FTR's Best-in-Class status gives you the confidence to not only plan for the future, but communicate and defend your plans and forecasts to the C-Suite.

Trucking Update

American truck fleets operate in a competitive yet fragmented market where obtaining comprehensive and timely market insights are difficult. Understanding current trends and identifying future opportunities is essential. The Trucking Update is your monthly source for independent analysis. FTR's unique measurement of truck freight gives you a more complete overview of the US truck market.

Rail Update

This report provides a near-term U.S. carloadings and intermodal outlook for the rail industry. This publication is designed to give you a quick overview of the current U.S. rail freight environment along with a relevant economic overview and forecast.

Intermodal Dash

The Intermodal Dash on the Intel•cast™ platform provides you with control over data critical to your business. View all of the essential information on the North American intermodal situation, including: volume trends by traffic lane, trends in equipment type and size, trends in imports and exports by port region and much more. 

FTR’s Intel•cast™ platform is a completely new way to view market analysis and forecasting data. Starting with the Intermodal Dash, each surface mode of transportation is being integrated into its own dashboard with market trends and both historical and outlook data. Each dashboard contains tabs with commentary, interactive graphs, as well as the downloadable reports and data files that are already standard.

Freight Focus Bundle

FTR covers the North American heavy freight market with a suite of data and business strategy-oriented publications. Industry leading shippers, carriers, brokers, 3PLs, railroads, and financial institutions trust FTR to make sense of the dynamic and rapidly evolving freight transportation markets.

FTR's Best-in-Class status gives you the confidence to not only plan for the future, but communicate and defend your plans and forecasts to the C-Suite.

State of Freight Insights

The FTR State of Freight INSIGHTS publication provides Premium Subscriber commentaries on the transportation markets featuring the FTR experts.
 
Each month, our FTR experts release an analysis of the marketplace that generally utilizes data analytics to underpin their assessments. This assessment will give your team the confidence they need to make tactical and strategic changes in your business knowing that the data, as well as the unbiased FTR expertise, supports it.

Closer Look: Railcar

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic and award-winning forecasting model in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and analysis. 

Closer Look: Box Cars

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

Learn how the Box Car fleet demographics are changing with limited new investment, and learn where new investment is expected to take place for the future.

Closer Look: Covered Hoppers

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

Will frac sand continue to drive production of new cars for the Covered Hopper fleet? What is the outlook for grain car and plastic pellet Covered Hopper demand? Gain insight by car type segment in the industry's leading market forecast report.

Closer Look: Flat Cars

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

Learn about the ownership trends in this car type, and the expectations for new investment across the various sub-segments of the Flat Car fleet.

Closer Look: Gondolas

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

Learn where new investment is expected to take place for the Gondola fleet, and how this fleet’s demographics are responding to the new world of coal and steel shipping. The industry's leading market forecast report examines each car type segment's outlook.

Closer Look: Open Top Hoppers

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

Unsure what to do with your Open Top Hopper investments in a depressed market that doesn't seem to have an end? The Open Top Hopper Report can help answer your questions.

Closer Look: Tank Cars

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

In the 2018 report, gain insight by car type segment: validate your views surrounding Large Pressure Tank Cars and the impact on Large General Purpose Tank Cars due to new regulations.

Closer Look: Full Series

At FTR we realize that companies are always searching for ways to invest in their future, and recognize that planning for growth requires an exceptional understanding of the historical, current, and future marketplace.

The Closer Look Series combines AllTranstek’s rail equipment intelligence with FTR’s dynamic forecasting model and analysis in a collaborative methodology to produce the industry’s most thorough and comprehensive rail equipment forecast and report.

True to its name, the Closer Look Series scrutinizes the current railcar market with respect to freight transportation across all car types in order to provide the most advanced analytics available in the rail industry. With a wealth of institutional knowledge and data, FTR and AllTranstek combine our efforts and industry expertise to provide the most complete annual update on trends in the North American Railcar Fleet.

Consulting and Research

FTR consulting and research provides a broad scope of products and services to assist our clients in making more informed decisions that impact their business. With our broad depth of talented professionals we are able to tackle complex and non-routine challenges that arise, delivering quality analysis and research specific to your needs.

Customized Services, Databases & Reports

Everything that we do is designed to enhance your business. Not only is our data the best in the industry, but our ability to serve you is unmatched. FTR’s services are top notch and you will discover that we offer significant savings over comparable forecasting services. Many of our customers have special requirements and request that we customize a service for them. Contact us for more information.

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