Rail Industry

We help rail operators redefine their role as a low-carbon solution so they can win new business from environmentally conscious travelers, shippers, and governments.

Our rail experts also help our clients harness digitization so rail operators can improve on-time performance and create a better connection with passengers and shippers. And we help clients use advanced analytics to uncover new opportunities in different parts of the transportation value chain.

Delivering Digital Transformation to the Rail Industry

Our rail operations consulting team partners with urban transportation, passenger rail, rail freight, rail infrastructure, rail maintenance, and rail technology companies.

Our advice offers deep expertise to many of the world’s biggest rail operators—and broad experience in digital transformation across industries.

Mobility Platforms and New Solutions

Online platforms and apps are shaking up markets by offering end-to-end transparency across different types of transportation and logistics services. As a leading railroad consulting firm, we prepare rail operators to seize the opportunities offered by multimodal offerings—and to develop and deploy digital platforms of their own. In addition, we guide rail freight operators in adapting new digital solutions and in positioning their companies strategically in a rapidly changing value chain for transportation and logistics.

Big Data and the Internet of Things

We deploy advanced analytics to help rail industry clients identify routes with potential capacity and optimize yield. We also tap big data and predictive analytics to more easily reduce asset downtime and automate route and maintenance planning in rail infrastructure as well as passenger transport.

New Sharing Alternatives

Evolving modes of transport are reshaping markets around the world. We help rail transport companies collaborate with road and air services, including the emerging networks of autonomous vehicles, ridesharing, and bike sharing.

Our Latest Insights on the Rail Industry

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Taking the Railroad Playbook Beyond PSR

To build upon their recent efficiency gains, railroads need an expanded set of management principles.

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Digital Maintenance Can Unlock Growth in Rail

These technologies promise to slash expenses, improve reliability, and increase the utilization of capital-intensive rolling stock.

How Rail Operators Can Compete in a World of Digitalized Mobility

Today’s automated rail systems present new challenges and opportunities. To succeed in this transformed landscape, operators must take these four steps now—plus forge new partnerships to strengthen their digital capabilities, explains BCG’s Henning Schierholz.

Center for Digital in Transportation

Our rail operations consultants partner with operators to deploy digital levers, including digital platforms, predictive analytics, advanced monitoring, and automation of operations.

Center for Mobility Innovation

Through this center, we help clients address shared challenges, such as congestion, pollution, and the development of new technologies. We help clients connect with the right stakeholders at each stage of the value chain to take new ideas from the drawing board to the street.

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