August 9, 2017 – Is the mass transit new starts program fundamentally flawed because it tries to support long, multi-year funding commitments with annual appropriations? And can Congress fix it without resorting to earmarks?
Eno Transportation Weekly
August 9, 2017 – The history of how Congress has funded the mass transit “new starts” program over the years.
August 9, 2017 – The Trump Administration’s mission to “unleash” private investment in transportation projects continued last week when the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a proposed rule to facilitate public-private partnerships in public transportation.
July 20, 2017 – The House of Representatives on July 17 passed two pieces of legislation dealing with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
July 13, 2017 – On July 12, the Federal Transit Administration issued a notice that $226.5 million in grants for buses and bus facilities will be available, on a competitive basis, for fiscal year 2017.
July 7, 2017 – How would the proposed new Hudson River Tunnel compare to the size of other proposed mass transit new starts?
July 7, 2017- The U.S. Department of Transportation withdrew from formal participation in the Gateway Development Program as a new cost estimate for centerpiece of the program raised the total program cost to near $30 billion.
July 7, 2017 – On July 5, the Federal Transit Administration posted the spreadsheets itemizing its full-year distribution of $12.3 billion in federal funding to state and local transit agencies for fiscal year 2017. A formal notice is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 10.
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.
June 16, 2017 – The House Judiciary Committee on June 14 approved, with little debate, two joint resolutions ratifying new policies adopted by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia relating to the DC-area mass transit agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
May 25, 2017 – The 2018 budget requests $ 11.226 billion in total resources for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The full $ 9.733 billion in spending from the Highway Trust Fund for formula grants is requested. But where general fund spending for transit is concerned, the request for FTA Capital Investment Grants is cut almost in half from the level authorized in the FAST Act – from $2.3 billion to $1.2 billion.
March 27, 2017 – Last Friday evening, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent Congress proposed changes to about a hundred different discretionary appropriations accounts for the current fiscal year (2017), including TIGER grants, mass transit new starts, and the Army Corps of Engineers water resources program.
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.
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.
February 2, 2017 – House Speaker Paul Ryan has invited President Trump to address his first joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017. It is expected that Trump will take that opportunity to release the broad outline of his fiscal 2018 budget request.
February 5, 2017 – New York City celebrated New Year’s Day with not only its famous ball drop, but also opening its newest subway line: the Second Avenue Subway.
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. The plan calls for service cuts and a 15 percent increase in the level of annual operating subsidies provided by local governments.
September 14, 2016 – The Federal Transit Administration on September 8 announced the recipients of $211 million in discretionary bus and bus facility funding for fiscal year 2016.
On August 11, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) published a final rule in the Federal Register establishing a public transportation safety program.
August 17, 2016 – Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has turned to the general public for input on which projects merit the use of the agency’s limited research funding.