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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Freight

Transportation Opportunities for a Green New (Infrastructure) Deal

May 23, 2019 – Last week, transportation and infrastructure professionals convened around the country to discuss priorities for a national infrastructure agenda… While many conversations touched on opportunities to invest in resilient infrastructure or efficient transportation systems, there was a notable absence of discussion about another current major proposal of national significance: the Green New Deal resolution aimed at addressing climate change and economic inequality, of which infrastructure is a major component.

Op-Ed: When Investing in Infrastructure, Invest in Freight

The lesson from the 2019 Infrastructure Week is that throwing money at the problem is not enough. Panel discussions, speeches, and presentations this week did not dwell on the proposed multi trillion dollar funding amount but focused rightly on what the goals and objectives of a federal investment program should be. The major theme of the week has been creating a cohesive vision to help justify the need and target funding to the most worthwhile projects.

T&I Leaders Introduce New Harbor Maintenance Funding Bill

May 3, 2019 – This week, the bipartisan leadership of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a bill (H.R. 2440) that would allow the immediate spend-down of $9.3 billion in balances that have built up in the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF).

House Hearing Pushes Case For Unlocking Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund

April 12, 2019 – An April 10 hearing before the the House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee discussed waterborne transportation and appeared designed to make the case for legislation unlocking $9.3 billion in past collections for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund – legislation that seems very likely to be included in the forthcoming infrastructure initiative from House Democrats.

House T&I Kicks Off 2019 With Infrastructure Hearing

February 9, 2019 – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the 116thCongress formally kicked off its work yesterday with a marathon seven-hour hearing entitled “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation’s Infrastructure Cannot Wait.”

Inland Waterways Stakeholders Highlight Federal Funding Challenges

January 17, 2019 – As freight projections show a steep increase in freight movement over the next few decades, stakeholders representing inland waterway transportation said they are well-positioned to handle the growing demand but that the federal government needs to help them invest in the projects that will keep things running smoothly.

DOT Requests Applications for FY19 INFRA Grants

December 21, 2018 – The Department of Transportation today solicited applications for fiscal year 2019 grants under what is now called the INFRA surface transportation grant program created by the FAST Act (officially the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects program, but no one can pronounce NSFHP). Applications are due March 4, 2019 for what USDOT anticipates will be between $855-902.5 million in funding.

CBO Updates Savings Estimates from Spending and Tax Choices

December 14, 2018 – This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued its biennial report updating a wide menu of revenue increase and spending cut options and the amount by which each of the 121 options would decrease federal deficits over the coming years.

Senate Hearing Outlines Infrastructure Needs in U.S. Arctic

December 6, 2018 – As arctic waters become more easily traversable for shippers and tourists alike, the U.S. does not yet have the infrastructure in place to manage its northern waterways, according to a Senate Subcommittee hearing on the topic.

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