A brighter future for transit agencies

2017 is shaping up to be a pretty exciting year for the passenger-rail industry. In the November elections, voters in more than 30 communities approved measures to build, improve and maintain public transit infrastructure. Among those measures is a $120 billion transportation plan in Los Angeles County that will provide funding for three major rail projects.

In addition, transit agencies will have a steady stream of funding for the next five years thanks to the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act enacted in late 2015.

As part of the magazine's Outlook 2017 coverage, I reached out to a handful of transit execs to hear their thoughts on the future in light of these developments. While they were frank about the challenges they'll face, they were generally optimistic about the coming year.

Check out my compilation to read their responses in full, and take a look at our Class I and contractor Outlook coverage for additional perspectives.

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