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Laura Shabe joins CPCS to lead U.S. rail advisory

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Senior transportation expert Laura Shabe joins the global management consulting firm’s global rail team to oversee passenger rail services in the United States.

  • CPCS named Laura Shabe as its U.S. Passenger Rail Market Lead, joining the firm’s other rail experts, which include Michael Schabas, George Kaulbeck, and Adrian Lightstone.

  • Her other principal focus areas are intermodal freight, ports, and grants.

  • Laura brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the transportation sector.

  • She’s held management and senior advisory positions at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Long Island Rail Road.


Donald Ludlow, Partner and Vice President, US Division, CPCS

“Laura is a sought-after transportation advisor that clients trust for her depth of knowledge in core CPCS practice areas—passenger rail corridor development and operations, maritime ports, multimodal freight, and grant development. Her pragmatic approach to problem solving will help clients nationwide advance critical passenger rail and freight initiatives. We are thrilled to have her join our team!”

Laura Shabe, U.S. Passenger Rail Market Lead, CPCS

“I am very fortunate and excited for this opportunity to join CPCS. As part of an established and excellent team, I look forward to making a difference by applying all I have learned from rail, freight and port programs and projects throughout North America. It is a great time to be in transportation and with people who understand the value of integrated transportation networks and how collaboration and expertise can come together to develop real solutions for our infrastructure clients.”

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Her leadership roles in the public transportation sector have featured innovative comprehensive plans, streamlined environmental reviews, partnerships with private industry, and the successful execution of multiple strategic initiatives.

Laura’s expertise extends to the rehabilitation and operation of a short-line railroad, as well as coordinating resiliency funding efforts following Tropical Storms Sandy and Irene.

In the private sector, she has excelled in conducting feasibility studies, master plans, intercity corridor planning and business cases, and in developing interagency agreements and governance structures that foster cross-jurisdictional transit and fixed-guideway programs.

Known for her proficiency in working with clients to devise strategic investments and project approaches on tight timelines, Laura helps clients unlock comprehensive benefit cases leading to many significant grant awards for U.S. Departments of Transportation.

About CPCS

CPCS is a leading management consulting firm advising infrastructure leaders in the transportation space with a distinguished record of innovation, client service, and clear communication. About our services.

We aim to provide the highest-quality advice on transportation challenges in the areas of strategic and business planning, multimodal freight, passenger rail, ports and waterways, intermodal terminals, trade lanes, borders, urban mobility, oversize/overweight cargo, truck parking, grant writing, corridor planning, freight operations, market competitiveness, and more. We communicate our findings into plain language, arresting cartography, and clear visualizations. We tailor solutions that are resilient, commercially competitive, and incorporate sustainability, equity, and technology. Our team LOVES what we do, and it shows!

The US Division of CPCS is part of a global infrastructure advisory working across the transport and energy sectors, providing end-to-end management consulting services, including analytical, technical, legal, regulatory, transaction, as well as economics, policy, finance, and governance.

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