Strategic Analysis of Light Rail Transit in North America

Strategic Analysis of Light Rail Transit in North America

Increased Passenger Ridership Drives Demand

The aim of this research service is to evaluate the revenue growth opportunities available for light rail transit rolling stock manufacturers in North America. The research offers analysis of key trends and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) preferences as well as strategic market sizing forecasts, market drivers, market restraints, and an in-depth market share analysis for streetcars and light rail transit systems. The scope of this research covers both the US and Canada from 2009–2020, with a base year of 2012 and a forecast period of 2013–2020. Key conclusions and a future outlook conclude this research service.

Executive Summary—Key Findings

In the light rail transit space, modern streetcars will be the fastest-growing segment, while the total light rail market shows growth till the end of the decade.

1. Alstom, which previously operated in an advisory role by offering components (batteries, wires) has entered the light rail space with its Citadis Spirit model, which is a X% low-floor vehicle. The company followed Bombardier’s strategy by deploying its % low-floor platform in the Canadian region of Ottawa, withX% of Canadian content on-board the light rail.
2. Bombardier increased its North American market presence with its recent Canadian light rail (X, Metrolinx) and streetcar (204,TTC) order, which is the largest order in history, globally, for light rail vehicles.
3. Streetcar OEMs, such as Brookville in Dallas and Inekon in Seattle, will be the first streetcars with on-board energy storage.
4. The first X% low-floor platforms for streetcars will be deployed in Cincinnati (2015) and Toronto (2012–2019).
5. OEMs are focusing on battery and super capacitor technology for on-board energy systems on light rail transit.

Length and Passenger Ridership

Cities in Canada perform better compared to a majority of cities in the US in terms of daily ridership, utilizing infrastructure more profitable.

Current Light Rail Transit Market Composition

The demand for more heritage streetcars and replica heritage streetcars has fallen since 2008; light rail and modern streetcars show market direction in the coming decade as more OEMs enter this space.

Executive Summary—Light Rail Rolling Stock Witnesses Higher Interest

Siemens, Bombardier, and Kinki-Sharyo will likely be the top performers in rolling stock deliveries till 2020.

Light Rail Technology Road Map

Moving block signalling, SCADA systems, intelligent bogie design, and advanced power control are being integrated into rolling stock.

• Control and Signaling
Line of sight
Radio infrastructure in wayside
GPS-based control of traffic signals

• Rolling Stock
Aluminium and Stainless Steel bodies. Composites to reduce weight
Broadband wireless connectivity to control centre. Real-time CCTV and monitoring
Automatic coupler
Bi-directional trams

• Traction
Electro-pneumatic friction brakes blended with electric regenerative braking; anti-skid valves; brushless, 3-phase induction motors; VVVF control
Jacobs Bogie that allows for Xper cent low floors
Catenary-free, induction-based power transmission
Super-capacitors enabled pantographless inter-stop tram propulsion (for example, Alstom STEEM project, Siemens Sitras HES system)

Executive Summary—Total Market Unit Shipment Snapshot

North America is the 2nd largest market for light rail transit solutions after Europe; OEMs are focusing on North American-centric light rail transit products (an example is Citadis Spirit-Alstom).

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

What is the business environment of the North American light rail market, the dynamics, and the impact on mobility and urbanization?
Who are the leading rolling stock suppliers in light rail and streetcar in the US and Canada?
What are the types of light rail transit platform; what widths and capacity are currently deployed to meet the urban demand? How will vehicle configuration play a crucial role to meet such demand?
What is the impact of construction of light rail projects in cities, in terms of congestion levels, property prices?
What are the various types of technology suitable for a wireless catenary solution? Which technologies are currently leading the way?
Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Research Scope, Objectives, Background, and Methodology
3. Definitions and Segmentation
4. Overview of the Light Rail Transit Market
5. Mega Trends and Industry Convergence Implications
6. Market and Technology Dynamics for Light Rail Transit Market
7. Impact of Regulations on Light Rail Investment
8. New Trends in Light Rail Transit—Vehicle Characteristics
9. Forecasts and Trends—Light Rail Transit Market
10. Market Share and Competitive Analysis—Light Rail Transit Market
• Light Rail Segment Breakdown
• Streetcar Segment Breakdown
• Canada Breakdown
• US Breakdown
11. Case Study: Light Rail versus Bus Transit Systems
12. Case Study: Light Rail Transit—Wireless Catenary Solutions
13. Conclusions and Future Outlook
14. Appendix

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