Rail Report - Statistic Sources

June 6, 2018

We looked at the latest data to give you an overview of the state of the rail industry and insight of the trends. Following are links to the information that appeared in the June 2018 issue.

Global View

A World Rail Market Study is commissioned biennially by UNIFE, the Association of the European Rail Industry, to show the global trends of the rail market and to forecast its future. According to the latest study, the overall industry is anticipated to grow an additional 2.6 percent CAGR until 2021. The highest growth is expected to be in the urban areas, driven by population growth and expanding metropolitan areas.

A significant trend that has emerged over the past few years has been the digitization of the rail market, leading to an increase in data.

Overall rail supply market has witnessed a 3% growth, driven primarily by the Asian Pacific region.

The world rail supply market has reached a record-high level at more than $187B.

Highest growth rates in the global rail market seen in the rolling stock and services segments, accounting for more than 72 percent of the total rail market , 2013-2015.

Unife World Rail Market Study • http://www.unife.org/component/attachments/?task=download&id=731

U.S. Passenger Rail

Data for CC, CR, HY, IP, LR, MO, AG, SR and YR from NTD.

NTD Mode Types

AG: Automated Guideway

CC: Cable Car

CR: Commuter Rail

HR: Heavy Rail

IP: Inclined Plane

LR: Light Rail

MO: Monorail

SR: Streetcar

YR: Hybrid Rail

U.S. Passenger Rail Total Miles of Track

*NTD data for CC, CR, HR, YR, IP, LR, MO, AG and SR

2016 Annual Database Transit Way Mileage




Number of Crossings

At Grade: Restricted Right-of-Way 5860

Street Running Crossings 1905

Total Crossings 7765

*NTD data for CC, CR, HR, YR, IP, LR, MO and SR

2016 Track and Roadway • https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/data-product/2016-track-and-roadway


Rail transit and grade-crossing fatalities: 241

Rail transit and grade-crossing injuries: 8712

BTS Transit and Grade-Crossing Fatalities by Rail Transit Mode • https://www.bts.gov/content/transit-and-grade-crossing-fatalities-rail-transit-mode

BTS Transit and Grade-Crossing Injuries by Rail Transit Mode • https://www.bts.gov/content/transit-and-grade-crossing-injuries-rail-transit-mode

Active Fleet Vehicles

2016 Annual Database Revenue Vehicle Inventory


2014 Annual Database Revenue Vehicle Inventory


2010 Annual Database Revenue Vehicle Inventory


Average age of vehicles

2010 Table 25: Age Distribution of Active Vehicle Inventory


2016 Vehicles


Economic Driver

Milwaukee’s New Streetcar Will Provide Transit, Economic Development

When Milwaukee city officials envisioned a new streetcar system that would start in downtown area neighborhoods, they not only saw a way to move residents, employees and visitors, they also saw a tool for economic development.

The streetcar system, called The Hop is already achieving the goal of city-building, ahead of its expected opening in November 2018. New high-rise office towers and apartment complexes have been announced along the streetcar’s initial and expansion routes.

Multiple developers are in the process of implementing projects and are citing the streetcar as a factor. One such project is the new 25-story BMO Harris Bank tower, a $132.6 million project that will sit along the streetcar line and is expected to be complete in December 2019.

Another project is the $125 million 44-story mixed-use tower, the Couture. Located along the city’s lakefront, Couture will include a podium for a streetcar stop along the Lakefront expansion. That podium also will act as a transit concourse to be served by both The Hop and the local bus rapid transit route, said Ashley Booth, National Streetcar Practice Leader for HNTB


Dallas Area Rapid Transit


“The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Development near DART Stations” prepared for Dallas Area Rapid Transit looks at Public development had a property value of $1.81 billion

  • Public development produced an economic impact of $3.36 billion for the Dallas-Fort Worth region
  • Public development near DART stations created 20,741 construction jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth region
  • Public development created $1.3 billion in employee compensation
  • Public development generated $105 million in state and local taxes, and $278 million in federal tax revenue

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority did a study which highlighted the impact of transit, looking at areas where transit was an integral part of the impact measured.


  • $235 billion of property value is within a half-mile of Metrorail stations.
  • This land generates $3.1 billion annually in property tax revenues.
  • This land represents 28% of the jurisdictions' property tax base, but only 4% of their land.
  • Proximity to Metrorail increases property values by 7-9%.


The energy intensities of passenger modes have generally declined over time, largely the result of efficient engines and improved operating efficiencies.

Energy Consumption

2010 Annual Database Energy Consumption • https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/data-product/2010-annual-database-energy-consumption

Passengers per Hour and Cost per Passenger

2016 Metrics • https://www.transit.dot.gov/ntd/data-product/2016-metrics