The ARDA Newsletter               May 2023 
Economic Development Section Feature
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Rail Grant Funding: Are You Ready to Capitalize? 
By: Jeff Jones, Rail Department Manager
Burns & McDonnell
These are unprecedented times for the rail industry. Never before has so much federal funding been available from so many sources. This funding is available for public entities, port authorities, railroads and private companies to improve the nation’s infrastructure.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law:
On Nov. 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which directly impacted the freight and intercity passenger rail sector. This law includes $102 billion in total rail funding for fiscal years 2022 through 2026, consisting of $66 billion in advanced appropriations and another $36 billion in authorized funding, which Congress must later appropriate before it can be spent. This investment is to improve the lives of Americans by creating well-paying jobs and enhancing the nation’s rail network safety, reliability and sustainability.
The BIL calls for improving transportation options for Americans, reducing greenhouse emissions, and upgrading airports and ports to strengthen domestic supply chains. It also makes the largest investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak and aims to make the nation’s infrastructure resilient against the impacts of climate change, cyberattacks and extreme weather events.
Additional funding opportunities were included in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) which focuses on equity across sectors such as clean energy and healthcare.
The BIL and other grant mechanisms offer grant opportunities focused on improving aging infrastructure and safety, innovating new technology solutions, and furthering environmental justice efforts around zero-emissions and decarbonization. The following is an overview of funding opportunities that have the potential to benefit the rail industry significantly. 

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The 2023 ARDA Annual Meeting registration is going strong! 
The Annual Meeting will kick off at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. on Sunday evening, July 9th, with a welcome reception and end on Wednesday, July 12th, with a private morning tour of Amtrak’s Union Station.
Click the link below to register today and take advantage of early bird pricing! 
We are excited to see you there!
ARDA Leadership
2023 Annual Meeting Information
Event Registration: Click Here to register to attend the event. Please note that early-bird pricing ends June 9th. Register today to take advantage of discounted prices! 
(Note: If you are a member, please be sure to log into your account before registering to ensure you receive the member rate.)
Agenda: Available soon!
See you in Washington, D.C.!

The Mayflower
The Mayflower, A Marriott Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-3000
The Mayflower Hotel is a capital classic, a landmark hotel and Washington, D.C. original since 1925. Exactly like nothing else, the Mayflower Hotel brings timeless elegance, integrity and contemporary style to its role as the city’s past and present-day social hub - for business or for pleasure. As Harry S. Truman said – it is “Washington’s second-best address”.
Phone Reservations Toll Free: 877-212-5752
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Room Rate:
$219 per night
Valet: $63.00 per day
*plus tax
Nearby Airports:
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - 4.3 miles
Washington Dulles International Airport - 28 miles
 Please reserve your room for the event via the link below. The room reservation link expires on June 16, 2023.

Event sponsorship opportunities available!  
We invite you to take advantage of a unique marketing opportunity for your company by sponsoring one of the 2023 Annual Meeting events!
We have several open sponsorship options, as listed in the form below. If your company would like to sponsor an event for the 2023 Annual Meeting, please submit the form and payment by June 9th.
If you have any questions, please feel free to let us know. We hope we can count on your generous support!
ARDA Leadership

Thank You, Annual Sponsors!

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The  American Railway Development Association (ARDA) is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology, and Environmental Activities of the North American Railroads.   The objectives of the Association are to foster the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads; and through the advancement of ideas and education of its members, further promote the effectiveness of railway development and related work. For more information, visit the ARDA website at