On the level: Significant road congestion has caused industry demand to grow

IBISWorld’s Rail Passenger Transport market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.


Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Several factors have driven growing patronage, including the high cost of petrol
  • Many companies have posted losses, while others have subsisted on a thin operating surplus
  • The industry is forecast to benefit from significant capital investment in rail networks

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The popularity of passenger rail has resurged over the past decade, with patronage reaching record levels in many cities and benefiting the Rail Passenger Transport industry. Several factors have driven growing patronage, 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 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 2016-17, to reach $9.2 billion. The industry is expected to continue expanding in the current year, with forecast revenue growth of 3.5% in 2016-17...

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    Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Australian urban rail systems are commuter rail systems that transport large numbers of people from outer locations in suburban areas into one centralised point and back out again. Due to the nature of these systems, demand is focused on morning and afternoon peak periods. Cost recovery during other periods is a challenge for industry operators, especially given the capital-intensive nature of the industry's rail systems (otherwise known as heavy rail systems). Due to the length of rural journeys and the limited services compared with urban rail networks, rural transportation is treated as a separate product and service.

    Over the next 10 years, increasing density in urban centres is expected to promote the development of metro-style systems transporting commuters across cities. Met..

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    Additional Insights for the Rail Passenger Transport Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Rail Passenger Transport Industry are

  • Automation reduces costs, particularly those associated with labour
  • Well-developed internal processes
  • Production of premium goods and services
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    Industry Products

    What is the Rail Passenger Transport Industry?

    Companies in the industry operate railways that transport passengers. This includes passenger services for commuter rail and metropolitan rail, and monorail operations. The industry excludes tramways, rail terminal operations and tourist rail passenger services.

    Industry Products
    Urban weekday peak services
    Urban weekday off-peak services
    Urban weekend services
    Rural services
    Industry Activities
    Passenger railway transport services
    Suburban passenger railway transport services
    Monorail operation
    Rural passenger railway transport services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government consumption expenditure
  • Capital expenditure by the government
  • Secondary school retention rate
  • Total full-time workforce
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Rail Passenger Transport Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Rail Passenger Transport Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Tourism
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Heavy Industry and Other Non-Building Construction
  • Measurement and Other Scientific Equipment Manufacturing
  • Railway Equipment Manufacturing and Repair
  • Telecommunications and Other Electrical Goods Wholesaling

  • Products & Services
  • Urban weekday peak services
  • Urban weekday off-peak services
  • Rural services
  • Urban weekend services
  • Chart: Rail Passenger Transport Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Commuters
  • Personal travel
  • Students
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Rail Passenger Transport Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Maintenance
  • Wages
  • Depreciation
  • Utilities
  • Rent
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Rail Passenger Transport

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Rail Passenger Transport Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Department of Transport NSWPublic Transport Development AuthorityQueensland Rail LimitedPublic Transport Authority of Western Australia
  • Table: Department of Transport NSW - financial performance
  • Table: Public Transport Development Authority - financial performance
  • Table: Queensland Rail Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia - financial performance

  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Rail Passenger Transport Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Rail Passenger Transport Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    Commuter Rail
  • A railway that radiates from a central location (generally city CBDs) to outer suburban areas.
  • Heavy Rail
  • Electrified railways capable of carrying a high volume of passengers and with their own right of way, as distinct from light rail (e.g. tram networks).
  • Metro Rail
  • Systems that transport passengers from one side of a city to the other generally in a grid or circle pattern.
  • Patronage
  • Volume measure for passenger rail transport, typically measured as the number of journeys taken.
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