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Freight Car Outlook: North American Freight Car Market Data

Economic forecasts and transportation industry trends to understand the North American railroad freight car market

Our Freight Car Outlook provides accurate forecasts and supporting granular data and analysis on the freight train car market for North America. From detailed insights such as which segment of the covered hopper fleet carries industrial sand, to information on broad industry trends such as energy production, our service allows transportation professionals to fully understand what all the factors driving the freight train car market.

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Freight train data
  • Backlog, orders, and deliveries by fleet
  • Key economic data that drives carload volumes
  • Scrapping data and trends, fleet age
Forecasts and analysis
  • Carload forecasts for the US, Canada and Mexico
  • Deliveries forecast
  • Economic forecasts (which?)
  • Fleet size, carloads, new demand, replacement demand and deliveries forecast and history by fleet
  • Commentary and analysis on transportation trends

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Aleksandra Maguire

As an associate director on the Freight Transportation Consulting team at IHS Markit, Ms. Maguire is responsible for various freight transportation issues, market and supply chain analysis for transportation industry and modeling. She is responsible for management and development of the county-level and commodity-detailed forecast for the TRANSEARCH® database. Her experience includes conducting trade and market assessments for transportation carriers and public sector organizations, advising on business opportunities, growth strategies, multi-modal, intermodal and distribution improvements, and capital investments. She was responsible for uncovering the expected timing and nature of emerging technologies in the commercial vehicle market. Her other responsibilities include Supply Chain Risk analysis and scoring for 64 countries globally. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Ms.Maguire was a research and teaching assistant at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute of the University of Memphis. Her studies focused on evaluating gate reservation strategies at an intermodal rail terminal, using the newly expanded BNSF rail terminal in Memphis as a case study. The research also includes micro-simulation modeling of the transportation network in the area surrounding Memphis and the effects of gate strategies on relieving road congestion and truck idling. Aleksandra Maguire holds a master's degree in civil engineering (transportation) from the University of Memphis, United States and a Bachelor of Science in Transportation Engineering from the University of Belgrade-Serbia. Ms Maguire speaks English and Serbian.

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Mania Flaskou

Mania's work is focused on freight flow data forecasts, transportation systems demand analysis, supply chain risk, and freight performance measures evaluation. She is responsible for the development of the Freight Car Outlook, a detailed report on North American railroad freight car market and has experience working in public and private sector transportation projects. Prior to joining IHS Markit she was a research associate at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis. During her M.Sc. studies at the University of Memphis she worked as a research assistant working primarily with truck GPS data. Her graduate work focused on developing algorithms to analyze freight corridors to address MAP-21 objectives using truck GPS data. She speaks English and Greek.

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