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Brighter Days Ahead

2024 FREIGHT RAIL OUTLOOK, RAILWAY AGE DECEMBER 2023 ISSUE: In more ways than one, 2023 was marked by a few dark clouds. In 2024, look for them to scatter, pushed by warmer


Oberman, the Pragmatist, May be Missed

WATCHING WASHINGTON, RAILWAY AGE DECEMBER 2023 ISSUE: News item: Surface Transportation Board (STB) Chairperson Martin J. Oberman will not seek renomination to a second term and depart in “early 2024.” Since his

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2023 Was a Very Good Year — Really!

FROM THE EDITOR, RAILWAY AGE DECEMBER 2023 ISSUE: A tumultuous 2023 comes to a close on many positive notes, enough to say that, on balance, it was a very good year (to

“The National Supply Chain Office will enhance the resilience, efficiency and reliability of our transportation systems,” Canada’s Minister of Transport Pablo Rodriguez said Dec. 1. “This is one of many initiatives by the government of Canada to reduce congestion throughout the transportation supply chain, benefiting Canadians across the country.”

Canada Launches National Supply Chain Office

Transport Canada on Dec. 1 reported that Assistant Deputy Minister Robert Dick will lead its new National Supply Chain Office, whose aim is “to strengthen Canada’s supply chains and increase the economy’s competitiveness.”

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FTA: $343MM Available for Rail Transit Accessibility Projects

Transit agencies may now apply for Fiscal Year 2024 grants to improve subway, commuter rail and light rail system access for people with disabilities and mobility needs. The Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) All Stations Accessibility Program (ASAP) is making available $343 million; applications are due by Jan. 30, 2024.

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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.

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Report: No EIS for GMXT Nogales Bypass

The governor of Mexico’s northern state of Sonora acknowledged Nov. 21 that a new rail bypass for Grupo Mexico-owned Ferromex (GMXT) around the border city of Nogales was a Mexican army undertaking that

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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.”