Knowledge Note

"How may rail organizations regain market share?"

Transporting freight by rail and waterways would reduce (1) greenhouse gas emissions, (2) truck-induced congestion, and (3) noise pollution, while (4) contributing to the integrated logistics that are now a hallmark of global supply chains. The timing for this shift is furthermore right, given that several emerging economies are making significant investments in railways, and that shippers are responding to public sentiment to reduce the negative impacts of road related logistics. Given that old strategies are no longer viable in today's economy, successful railways now focus on understanding the logistics of targeted freight and positioning rail transport services as a part of an overall logistics system aimed at meeting customers’ needs.

This Knowledge Note summarizes what successful rail freight organizations have recently done to increase their market share while providing options for policy makers. The Note is intended not to prescribe solutions, but rather to inform decisions and broaden the discussion of options open to policy makers and senior officials in rail organizations within their country contexts.

This Knowledge Note is a condensed form of a report from the Transport Global Practice of the World Bank Group, prepared and published by the team of Bernard Aritua, Senior Infrastructure Specialist. To learn more, please access the full paper here.