(Amtrak Photograph)

Watch: Amtrak Releases FY23 Preliminary Results

Amtrak on Nov. 30 reported continued “strong growth” in Fiscal Year 2023 with nationwide ridership up 24.6%, as it resumed service on all routes and advanced infrastructure projects that it said will support plans to double ridership by 2040.

Virginia DRPT Grants Available. Apply Now!

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is now accepting online applications for rail, transit and commuter assistance grants for the 2025 Fiscal Year. The annual grant application period runs

New Siemens LRVs for St. Louis

Metro Transit, St. Louis, has awarded Siemens Mobility a $390.4 million contract for up to 55 new high-floor light rail vehicles—a base order of 24 plus options for up to 31 additional


Railway Age/RT&S 2023 LRT Conference Roundup

Plans for light rail technology and expansion of existing rail systems dominated a conference with a New Jersey flavor, held in Jersey City and sponsored by Railway Age and its sibling publication

“Across the country, I have seen firsthand how projects funded by our RAISE program are helping communities realize long-held dreams and well-planned visions for better infrastructure,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Nov. 30.

USDOT: 2024 RAISE Grant Applications Welcome

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Nov. 30 released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the FY 2024 RAISE program, providing $1.5 billion in discretionary grant funding for freight and passenger transportation infrastructure projects with “significant local or regional impact.”

A preliminary design and environmental study will be completed this year on bringing Amtrak service to the Warwick/T.F. Green Airport Station (pictured) in Rhode Island, which is currently served by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. (City of Warwick Photograph)

Transit Briefs: Amtrak, HART, Kansas City Streetcar, MARTA

Will Amtrak stop at Warwick, R.I.? Also, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board approves a new financing agreement for Skyline; the price tag for Kansas City Streetcar’s riverfront extension has gone up 75%; and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) breaks ground on a new transit-oriented development project in DeKalb County, Ga.

"VHB stands ready to be the city's partner, addressing its evolving needs, and forging a path toward a brighter, more inclusive tomorrow," said NYC Managing Director Joe Pizzurro.

VHB: NYC Office Experiences ‘Unprecedented Growth’

Multidiscipline civil engineering consulting and design firm Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB) says its New York City office is experiencing “unprecedented growth,” nearly doubling in size since the start of 2022 and welcoming several highly regarded professionals across its markets.

CN earned a safety award and an environmental award from Railway Association of Canada in 2023. (CN Photograph)

RAC Honors Safety, Environmental Leaders

The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) on Nov. 29 announced the recipients of its 2023 Safety and Environmental Awards that recognize “excellence and innovation.”

From Left to Right: Andy Daly, Senior Director of Passenger Operations, CSX Railroad; Stacey Mortensen, Executive Director, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority (SJJPA); Lee Ohanian, Senior Fellow (adjunct), Hoover Institution; and Kirk Watson, Mayor, City of Austin, Texas.

State of Intercity Passenger Rail Discussed at Rail Subcommittee Hearing

Four witnesses on Nov. 29 discussed the state of intercity passenger rail at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

NYMTA photo

NYMTA: $427MM in Savings Identified in Proposed 2024 Budget

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) on Nov. 29 released its preliminary operating budget for 2024—the second of five years to have a projected balanced budget.