Issue / Commuter Rail

FY20 New Starts Report Still Rates Gateway Projects Medium-Low, Making Them Ineligible for Federal Funding

March 15, 2019 As part of the Trump Administration's fiscal 2020 budget (slow your) rollout, the Federal Transit Administration this...

Op-Ed: Remembering George H.W. Bush and the ADA

December 5, 2018 As the nation paused for the funeral of President George Herbert Walker Bush, his lasting mark on our...

Op-Ed: Addressing the Current and Future Challenges of Public Transit

October 25, 2018 Last week I was invited to speak at and participate in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Public Transportation Conference and...

NJ Transit “Working Diligently” Toward PTC Deadline, but has Miles to Go

October 3, 2018 Three months from a statutory December 31 deadline, New Jersey Transit told the Senate Commerce Committee at a...

Eno Releases Study of Chinese Railcar Issue

September 28, 2018 The Eno Center for Transportation on September 26 released a new study, The Implications of the Federal Ban on...

The Implications of the Federal Ban on Chinese Railcars

The “trade war” between the United States and China continues to play out on the global stage. While it does, a seemingly benign...

As PTC Deadline Approaches, Focus Turns to Interoperability

September 14, 2018 As the December 31 deadline to fully implement positive train control (PTC) or else qualify for an alternative...

FRA Announces $204M in PTC Grants as New Reporting Shows Progress Towards Meeting Deadline

August 24, 2018 This week, the Federal Railroad Administration announced the recipients of $203.7 million in fiscal year 2018 grants...

Defense Authorization Bill Contains Transit, Aviation, Maritime Provisions

July 27, 2018 Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the final conference report version of the fiscal 2019 National Defense...

AAR Lawsuit Against Amtrak/FRA On-Time Performance Metrics

This is the original lawsuit by the Association of American Railroads, filed in August 2011, against the joint Amtrak/FRA metrics for...

May 2017 US District Court Opinion in AAR v. DOT

This is the March 23, 2017 opinion of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in the seemingly never-ending case of...

What’s the Purpose of Mass Transit? – Part 1

June 29, 2018 What’s the point of mass transit? The question sounds flippant, but from the perspective of the federal role in...

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