Transit challenges and opportunities in the new year

Passenger-rail execs are gearing up for a challenging 2018. Several leaders are concerned about securing federal funding for their major expansion projects, as well as the proliferation of ride-sharing companies like Lyft and Uber.

In addition, passenger railroads are required by law to wrap up their positive train control implementation plans by the end of the year. (They can qualify for a two-year extension if they meet certain requirements, however.)

To learn more about the outlook for passenger rail in 2018, I sent out a few questions to a handful of transit execs. I then compiled their responses in a feature in our December issue. I also got in touch with American Public Transportation Association Senior Adviser Richard White to get a fuller picture of what the future may hold. Check out both pieces to read what I've learned.

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