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The aviation industry plays a critical role in the American economy, and this group recognizes its vast importance. The aviation sector transports 900 million passengers every year and is responsible for $1.5 trillion in total economic activity, nearly 12 million jobs, and represents 5.4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Moreover, the industry’s $83 billion trade surplus is the largest trade surplus within the U.S. economy. Tying this all together is a complex infrastructure network of airports and air traffic control operated by, among many others, millions of highly skilled pilots, mechanics and other technicians, and air traffic controllers. The tremendous collaborative effort of industry and government over the decades, translated into the safest airspace in the world. But, while the U.S. had long been considered the gold standard in aviation technology and safety, America has begun to lose its edge and is falling behind its peers. Today, congestion and delays plague U.S. airports while high-altitude traffic is guided by inefficient and old point-to-point, ground-based radar technology; qualified workers needed to meet the global demands for air travel in the next 30 years have grown increasingly scarce; and new technologies are challenging airline safety and security.

St. Louis Pulls Bid to Privatize its Airport

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Local Institutional Reform as Catalyst for the Mobility Future

In February 2019, 24 transportation leaders, scholars, and executives convened for an Eno and Reason Foundation three-day workshop on...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of January 27, 2020

Tuesday, January 28 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Transportation and Security – subcommittee...

Pelosi Promises Rollout of Infrastructure Initiative Week of Jan. 27

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in her weekly press conference yesterday that House Democrats would roll out their long-awaited...

Comparing the Transportation Plans of the 5 Leading Democratic Candidates

With one month to go until the February 19 infrastructure debate in Las Vegas for presidential candidates, where do the leading...

Takeaways from the Transportation Research Board’s 99th Annual Meeting

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Updated HTF Forecast From CBO Due Jan. 28

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office will release its annual Budget and Economic Outlook report at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January...

USDOT Solicits Applications for $906M in FY20 INFRA Grants by Feb. 25

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced this week that the available amount of competitive INFRA grant funding for fiscal year...

House to Consider $1.25 Billion in FHWA Emergency Relief Appropriations Week of Jan. 27

House Democratic leaders today announced that the House will consider a $3.35 billion emergency supplemental appropriations bill the...

Guest Op-Ed: Less Spectrum Means Less Safety

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Study Commissioned by Congress Recommends Increasing Airport PFC Cap by $3 per Passenger

A new study from the RAND Corporation, commissioned by Congress in 2018, recommends that the statutory maximum passenger facility...

Webinar: Making the Grade: MDOT MTA’s Core Bus Performance Monitoring Program

Following the 2017 launch of BaltimoreLink, a complete network redesign of the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit...

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