The report deals with the international market for rail transit cars and the firms which manufacture the equipment, with emphasis on the position of the U.S. domestic segment of that market at the present time and in the foreseeable future. The U.S. transit car market has been penetrated successfully in recent years by Canadian, French, and Italian carbuilders. The author discusses the circumstances surrounding these events. The report discusses the following issues: (1) the commercial and economic outlook of carbuilders and component suppliers; (2) government funding of the rail passenger equipment market (worldwide); (3) the degree of interdependence that exists among the economies of the world, the corporations who manufacture and trade on a global scale, and the rail industry itself; (4) the U.S. domestic transit car market; and (5) the implications for public policy. This report is based mainly on a series of interviews and discussions with people drawn from the rail carbuilding industry, component supply companies, transit authorities, railroads, trade associations, and government agencies. Some conclusions drawn from this study are: (1) the principal problems faced by U.S. carbuilders were strongly in evidence well before the appearance of foreign competitors; (2) transit authorities and UMTA have been faced with rising transit equipment costs and a bid pattern which shows an alarming tendency for only one or two (or none) U.S. firms to bid; and (3) none of the sources consulted expect all U.S. carbuilders to disappear, but most tend to regard a reduction in the number of carbuilders as inevitable.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Barber (Richard J) Associates, Incorporated

    1000 Connecticut Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20036

    Urban Mass Transportation Administration

    400 7th Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 118 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182094
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: UMTA-DC-06-0213-78-1
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-UT-80010
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 3 2003 12:00AM