The resurgence of the railroad

The railroad cannot be held down for long! The once mighty transportation method is experiencing a renaissance (it actually never left, it remains a power among commercial use) within the passenger travel sector. In the United States, a growing young population is beginning to recognize the worth and convenience of the railroad and all that comes with it. The change in perception is being ushered in by a number of other changes, mostly from a societal point of view. Here’s why businesses, municipalities, and consumers need to keep an eye on the railroad industry.

Jam-packed roads and highways

Everywhere you go, especially in major metropolitan areas, traffic is becoming a major presence. And not the presence that it was in the past, where it would habitually occur in tune with rush hour – but constantly, before, after, and during rush hour. Aside from being a major source of pollution and smog, this new form of traffic is just plain frustrating, annoying motorists to no end.

The ever-expanding population

Population has remained a factor as well. Overall, it has declined, both globally and domestically. However, much of the existing population is relocating to the above-mentioned major metropolitan areas. With more people means more commuters driving on the road and more travelers using public transport. And as many of these individuals experience the busy streets and freeways, the need for another, less-crowded option arises.

Millennials and car ownership

Couple that with the millennial’s growing disdain for car ownership and you can see how the railroad enters the topic. Automobiles are too expensive and toxic for today’s youth. When they need to get somewhere – work, school, social outings – the railroad presents an easier, relaxed, and more environmentally-friendly option. Trains can transport more passengers to longer distances quicker than any vehicle can.

The railroad is primed to make a passenger comeback. When it does, it’ll be a boon to society. We, at Sharp and Fellows, are prepared to meet the growing demand for railroad services. For over 130 years, we’ve provided a number of quality railroad design, engineering, and construction services. Our unrivaled experience and professionalism can be an integral piece to any railroad endeavor, just take a look at the many projects we’ve been a part of. Visit our website or call (310)-323-7784 and let’s talk about joining your team!