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Looming concern over the impact of transportation on environment is driving governments across the globe to encourage rail and intermodal transport for both passenger and freight transport. Additionally, rising off-shore outsourcing rates and growing complexity of supply chains due to globalization are increasing miles travelled by product from well to wheel. All businesses alike are forced to optimize their transportation and logistics strategy by adopting multimodal transport with rail as an important mode of transport. Rail industry stakeholders, on the other hand, are compelled to look for strategies to deal with increasing passenger miles, rising demand for freight transport, customer satisfaction and adhere to stringent environmental norms through new-age technology adoption and innovative business models.

Frost & Sullivan's Global Rail program area takes a 360-degree view of the industry factoring all the trends that impact and subsequently transform the rail industry. Key areas that the program explores are:

  • Rolling Stock (Light Rail, Metro, MainLine, High Speed Rail)
  • Infrastructure (signaling, track, station)
  • Bus & BRT solutions
  • Advanced technologies and New Business Models

We work closely with leading Rolling Stock Manufacturers, service providers and technology firms to help them assess, analyze and target opportunities. Our research services help us enable our clients to stay ahead of the curve in this industry.

  1. 04 Jun 2014  |  Europe

    Opportunity Analysis of the Eastern European Rail Market: A 360-degree Perspective

    Interoperability in Pan-European Context Driving Market Growth

    The strategic insight provides an outlook of growth opportunities in the Eastern European rail market, primarily covering Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine. Secondary and primary research was conducted, including interviews with suppliers, regulation authorities, and distributors. The study discusses key trends, market drive...

  2. 08 Jul 2013  |  Europe

    Strategic Analysis of Communications-Based Train Control Systems in the Western European Urban Rail Market

    Standardization, Modularity and Capacity Demands Driving Growth

    The study provides a strategic analysis of the Communications-Based Train Control Systems in the Western European Urban Rail Market, primarily covering Semi Automatic Train Operation (STO), Driverless Train Operation (DTO) and Unattended Train Operation (UTO) enabled by radio-based CBTC. The business environment of the Western European rail market ...

  3. 24 May 2013  |  Europe

    Strategic Analysis of Growth Opportunities in the Western European Urban Rail Market for Rolling Stock Systems

    Strong Orders in Light Rail and Automated People Mover Systems is Driving Growth

    The study provides an analysis of the European urban rail market, primarily covering Light rail, Automated people mover systems and metros. The business environment of the Western European urban rail market, its dynamics, and impact on mobility and urbanization have been discussed in great detail. The study provides the unit shipment forecast by se...

  4. 14 Nov 2011  |  Europe

    Strategic Analysis of Alternative Powertrain Technologies in the European Diesel Locomotive and Railcar Market

    Regulatory changes and costs of maintaining aging fleet driving new demand.

    The research service provides an analysis of the European diesel locomotive and diesel railcar market and focuses on powertrain technologies to be used. Many technologies will see immediate application to cope with stringent emission norms stipulated by the European Union. The study segments the market by engine power and identifies the opportuniti...

  5. The research service provides a detailed assement of the type of caternary systems used in top 6 leading European rail networks - Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdoma and Poland. It analyses the electrification wiring potential in 3 different segments namely electrification renewal, new mainline electrification and high speed line ele...

  6. Rail transportation offers a lot of advantages in terms of environmental impact and safety. The ongoing improvement of the rail traffic management is crucial to respond to dynamic growth of transportation turnover. The gradual replacement of existing signalling systems with more reliable, cost-effective and innovative technologies will lead to incr...

  7. The European Light Rail and Underground market comprises of a highly integrated industry participants of Original Equipment (OE) manufacturers, suppliers and vendors catering to the needs of the supply and demand of rail operators across different regions.

  8. This research service provides strategic insight into the European market for Light Rail and Underground. It highlights key challenges, drivers and restraints, as well as market trends. A view at the value chain helps to understand relationships within the industry. Key findings will help suppliers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to get a gen...

  9. This research service provides a complete analysis of the European rail intelligent transportation systems market. The study incorporates the market drivers and restraints and the industry challenges, the pricing analysis, competitive analysis, geographic and segment study, revenue forecasts and growth rates for the period 2005-2012 and strategic c...