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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Commuter Rail

Fatal Amtrak Derailment Draws Attention Back to PTC Implementation

December 22, 2017 – This week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of debate once again.

Comstock Introduces WMATA Board Reorganization Bill

December 8, 2017 – Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA), the sole remaining Republican in Congress from the Washington D.C. mass transit service area, introduced a bill in the House this week to make reforms in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) governance structure.

USDOT Withdraws From Gateway Corporation

July 1, 2017 – Late yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Transportation notified the Gateway Program Development Corporation that USDOT is permanently withdrawing from the corporation’s Board of Trustees.

Congress Examines Intercity Passenger Rail Service

June 29, 2017 – On June 22, the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (T&I) held a hearing to review the state of intercity passenger rail in the U.S.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of June 19, 2017

POSTPONED – Tuesday, June 20 – Senate Environment and Public Works – Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife – subcommittee hearing on financing and funding water infrastructure – 2:30 p.m., SD-406 Dirksen – POSTPONED because Senate Democrats are objecting to all afternoon committee meetings due to GOP secrecy on the health care bill.

WMATA’s SafeTrack Successes Overshadowed by Financial Trouble

April 7, 2017 – On March 29, the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations held a hearing to examine progress and lessons learned since the Washington Area Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) launched its SafeTrack program nearly a year ago in June.

House T&I Approves Bill Repealing MPO Consolidation Rule

March 29, 2017 – This morning, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill (H.R. 1346) repealing the Obama Administration’s December 2016 rule requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to consolidate across state lines.

Interview With Masaki Ogata, Japan Railway East

March 3, 2017 – ETW interviews Masaki Ogata, Executive Vice Chairman of East Japan Railway Company (JR East) and President of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) about the challenges of operating a transit agency in the 21st Century.

USDOT Puts Bay Area Commuter Rail Project On Hold

February 23, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Transportation last week put a three-month delay on the execution of a deal that would commit $647 million in future Federal Transit Administration discretionary appropriations towards a $2 billion plan to electrify the Caltrain commuter railroad in the San Francisco Bay area.

Virginia, Maryland Jurisdictions Pay Price for WMATA Woes

February 24, 2017 – The embattled Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) once again has its back on the ropes as the federal government is withholding funding from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia due to WMATA’s spotty track record of safety.

Three Innovative Approaches to Transportation Infrastructure

The National Capital region is home to myriad innovative transportation technologies, practices, and policies that can provide real lessons for projects around the country. These developments and their policy implications were the subject of rigorous discussion during a panel session at Eno’s recent Capital Convergence conference.

Bridging the Gap: Secretary Foxx’s Legacy of Choice

January 5, 2017 A key theme throughout Anthony Foxx’s tenure as USDOT Secretary has been expanding options and opportunities in American transportation networks. Foxx strove to engage community leaders, industry, and private citizens across all disciplines to develop right-size and right-fit solutions for pressing transportation issues.

Rethinking the Swamp: Capital Convergence 2017

Washington, DC’s image has taken a hit, but the region is doing as much—if not more—than any other region in the country when it comes to innovative transportation technologies, practices, and policies.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of November 28, 2016

POSTPONED – Thursday, December 1 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – subcommittee hearing on the Volkswagen emissions cheating settlement – 10:00 a.m., 2322 Rayburn.

Virginia Beach to Vote on Light Rail Project

November 4, 2016 – Next week Virginia Beach will vote on a $243.1 million project to build 3.5 miles of light rail that connects with neighboring Norfolk’s starter line, The Tide.

The Lists: 10 Ballot Measures to Watch on Election Day

November 4, 2016 – Here at Eno, we are closely tracking not just the Presidential drama and the House and Senate races, but also the hundreds and hundreds of transportation ballot measures and initiatives are up for vote on November 8. As we’ve written, we believe the way these measures got on the ballot and the message voters will send means a future of more citizen involvement in the decisions that shape their communities and regions.

New DC Metro Budget Causes Concerns in Congress

November 4, 2016 – The general manager of the Washington DC-area mass transit system released an outline of his proposed operating budget for the system this week covering fiscal year 2018.

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