While US federal funding is fairly certain for transit systems in the short term, a potential crisis is looming to address a huge $US 90bn investment backlog identified by the Department of Transportation. The American Public Transportation Association is lobbying hard to find a solution, as its president and CEO Paul Skoutelas explains in an exclusive interview with David Briginshaw.
FOLLOWING the election of Donald Trump as US president-elect and Mike Pence as vice-president-elect together with the new Congress, three railway associations have set out their priorities for the new administration.
IN a "back to the future" moment, passenger rail is experiencing a renaissance in the United States. Over the last 10 years, rail systems have grown and the ridership demand has grown, too. The number of light rail networks increased from 32 in 2005 to 39 in 201, while the number of commuter rail and hybrid rail systems (regional rail) has risen from 22 to 32.