Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) May 8, 2008
Freight trains are seeing the biggest expansion in nearly 100 years, according to FreightBrokering.info, a Web site that specializes in the freight shipping industry. This shift in the American freight industry is happening for a variety of reasons, but most notably because of the rising fuel costs throughout the nation. The changing global market is also contributing to the sudden growth in railroad shipping.
The increasing demand for freight trains comes after years of downsizing in the railroad industry. While the freight broker industry saw an increase in demand for trucking in the 1970s and federal regulations on railroads tightened, the demand for freight trains began to drop. Then the Staggers Rail Act of 1980 deregulated the industry, leading more than 40 major lines to consolidate into the seven that remain today. After years of decreasing profits, 4,700 major railroad workers were laid off in 2002.
In 2006 things stared to turn around for railroad freight shipping, as 5,000 new railroad workers were hired. This segment of the American freight industry has also seen profits triple since 2003, and this year there are plans to spend approximately $10 billion to build tracks, switchyards, terminals and open tunnels. The United States Transportation Department estimates that freight rail tonnage will rise nearly 90 percent by 2035.
The changing global market has fueled prosperity and the need to add track for the first time in 80 years, according to the Freight Brokering team. This coupled with soaring diesel prices and a driver shortage is pushing freight from trucks back to the rails. Freight trains are also able carry a ton of freight 423 miles on a gallon of diesel fuel, which is about three times more efficient than the average 18-wheeler and friendlier to the environment.
A freight broker must be able to handle these developments in the industry, and FreightBrokering.info is available to provide information about the latest developments in American freight. For more information about the freight broker industry, visit http://www.freightbrokering.info.
FreightBrokering.Info created a Web site to help those who want to start working in the world of freight brokers. FreightBrokering.Info can provide all the necessary information to become an authorized freight broker or agent. They have a license to operate in this field, and can assure full services at a high quality level.
FreightBrokering.Info can help individuals to learn every detail about freight brokers and how they work, and can help individuals or businesses to find a transporter at a low price without having to search through numerous ads and newspapers. Because they work with transporters all the time, they can arrange a fast and cheap shipment with total security and reliability. They also provide the opportunity to place advertisements on their Web site, to help shippers get new clients.