August 21, 2019 – The Highway Trust Fund actually had to be bailed out 60 years ago, in September 1959. Why did this happen, and how did the political system at the time bring the system back to solvency? Part 1 details how Congress and the President decided in 1958 to overspend the Trust Fund into insolvency.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Interstate Highway System
March 15, 2019 – The White House now says that $200 billion in infrastructure funding in the budget won’t go towards surface transportation reauthorization, but that the surface bill will be counted towards the $1 trillion spending total.
December 14, 2018 – TRB’s new report on the future of the Interstate Highway System falls short of the bold vision needed to solve the system’s intractable problems.
December 7, 2018 – Three years and two days after the enactment of the FAST Act, the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released their study of the future of the Interstate Highway System commissioned by section 6021 of that law.
July 18, 2018 – This part, which is happily coincident with today’s Senate hearing on President Trump’s proposed executive branch reorganization plan, explores how the Nixon Administration in 1971 did a complete conceptual about-face on the issue.
April 18, 2018 – On Monday evening, the Federal Highway Administration distributed $36.4 billion in fiscal year 2018 highway spending authority to states pursuant to the recently-enacted fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations law.
March 2, 2018 Over the last decade, pedestrian deaths have been increasing both in number and as a share of all traffic fatalities on US roads.
February 14, 2018 – The fiscal 2019 budget request from the Trump Administration scrupulously fulfills all of the promises made by the FAST Act for Highway Trust Fund financial resources for the year covered by the budget.
February 2, 2018 – The policy and practice under which metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) operate has not kept up with shifts in federal policy. It is time to update the role MPOs play.
The first law providing federal aid to states for construction and maintenance of roads was enacted almost a century ago, in 1916.
January 15, 2017 – Today was the 50th anniversary of the deadliest highway bridge disaster in U.S. history – the collapse of the “Silver Bridge” between Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio, which killed 46 people. Ten years ago, in the wake of another fatal bridge collapse, Congress seemed on the verge of expanding the existing highway bridge program, but over the next five years, attitudes towards how to best deal with the problems of bridge safety and capacity turned completely around and led to the MAP-21 law abolishing the bridge program entirely in favor of a more holistic performance-based highway-and-bridge asset management program.
Timeline of Key Moments in Federal Bridge Policy
December 8, 2017 – Virginia has always restricted peak hour use of I-66 inside the Beltway to vehicles with two or more occupants. That changed on December 4, when for the first time the state began allowing vehicles with only one occupant to use the roadway, subject to a toll that varies based on demand. High occupant vehicles (HOV) with two or more people could still drive for free.
September 6, 2017 – 12:15 a.m. – The House Rules Committee at 10:45 p.m. last night approved terms for debate for the Department of Transportation and Department of Homeland Security portions of the omnibus appropriations bill for FY 2018 (H.R. 3354). The text of the rule for the special procedures is here. The rule is House Resolution 500.
June 16, 2017 – The Federal Highway Administration has released the end-of-year 2016 Urban Congestion Report (UCR).
The rise of urban freeways offers a number of lessons on how to manage new transportation technologies. AVs promise changes on a wide scale and, depending on how they are rolled out, could have positive or negative effects on communities and the environment.
May 25, 2017 – On May 19, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) codified rulemaking to establish new performance management requirements as required under the 2012 and 2015 surface transportation bills, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
May 25, 2017 – This week’s FY 2018 budget included a statement of principles for the President’s infrastructure initiative and a $200 billion placeholder.
Washington has not upgraded transport efficiency in decades, but permitting Twin 33s nationwide would be a great place to start.
April 7, 2017- We have a set of dueling guest op-eds for and against the idea of allowing twin trailer combinations of up to 33 feet each to be towed on Interstate highways and other major federal-aid roads.