There has been a resurgence in the popularity of passenger rail over the past decade, with patronage in many cities reaching record levels. Growing patronage has been driven by several factors, including the high cost of petrol – prior to a substantial drop in 2014-15 – and other costs associated with passenger vehicles, such as parking and time spent in traffic. Higher employment in central business districts (CBDs) and strong population growth have also boosted patronage rates. Industry revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 3.1% over the five years through 2015-16, to reach $8.8 billion.
Companies in the industry operate railways for the transportation of passengers. This includes passenger services for commuter rail and metropolitan rail, and the operation of monorails. The industry excludes tramways, rail terminal operation and tourist rail passenger services.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.