Miller HudsonMiller HudsonJuly 2, 20186min600

Close to a thousand transit managers, manufacturers, engineering firms, financiers and attorneys arrived in Denver recently for the American Public Transit Association’s (APTA) 2018 Rail Conference. As one industry veteran commented, “There’s a whole lot of whistling past the graveyard going on here!” While our president bemoans the fact that the U. S. has failed to construct the High Speed Rail (HSR) systems scattered across the remainder of the globe, neither Congress nor his administration appears ready to appropriate the infrastructure funding required to jump-start such projects. Nonetheless, a lot of expensive planning is moving forward just as the spigot of available federal money runs dry under fiscal pressure from growing budget deficits precipitated by the 2017 tax cuts.