Silver linings are a tough search.
Speaking candidly, as a rail economist, the pandemic as an extraordinary event is an extreme test of business model survivability.
There will be corporate failures.
Such events, when we research business case history, shows that the weaker companies fail. It’s like watching a gene pool cleaning.
After the weaker fall, a few will reemerge after a bankruptcy financially stronger.
Overall, there will be a reduction in CARRIER and ASSETS supply-side economics. That will match up with DEMAND shifts.
It is possible that overall truck capacity and truck drive capacity will fall at a faster rate...thus improving rail competitive strength in some markets — across some lanes.
It’s the random unknown of the medical sphere that blocks our vision of the economic recovery slope.
If we know and trust these principles, then a silver lining is that we collectively become smarter and stronger.
Those best at adaptation are the new winners. It's a competitive thing.
I think your members can identify with this answer. The strongest certainly will.
Do you agree?
Yet colleagues, there is something positive (silver lining) beyond this heartless economic outlook.
The silver lining is that “we have tested the broad railway logistics system under the pandemic pressure”.
“It is performing well.”
So far, the rail system exhibits safe distance conditions.
Performances measured in faster Network train movement velocity and terminal dwell have both improved.
Yes, rail freight is resilient as a mass delivery service.
Mass transit rail; no.