Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Mass Transit

Transit in Crisis: Who Should Pay for Upgrades – Riders, or Taxpayers?

August 9, 2017 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio have spent the past three years of playing the blame game on who should fund essential upgrades to the New York City subway system (MTA). Now that the state of the infrastructure can’t be ignored, one of them has stepped up to answer MTA Chairman Joe Lhota’s call for $800 million in emergency funding.

FTA Announces Proposed Rule for Private Investment in Transit

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.

FTA Solicits Applications for FY17 Bus Grants

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.

FTA Gives Out Full-Year FY17 Apportionments

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.

What Is the “Gateway Program”?

June 30, 2017 – The Gateway Program is a $24 billion portfolio of rail projects in New York and New Jersey, centered around a new tunnel between Secaucus Junction and Penn Station.

House Judiciary Approves WMATA Compact Changes

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).

Congress Looks at FAST Act Implementation

April 18, 2017 – On April 5, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing to review implementation of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act from the state and local perspective.

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.

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.

FY18 Budget Outline Expected Feb. 28

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.

Innovative Transit Partnerships: Three Things to Know

Although the industry is less than ten years old, transportation network companies (TNCs) have upended the traditional role of public transit agencies and how they would deliver service as people increasingly have more on-demand options available.

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.

FHWA/FTA Release Biennial “Conditions & Performance” Report

January 18, 2017 – The Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration on January 12 jointly released the biannual “Conditions and Performance Report” that updates policymakers on the conditions, performance and financial needs of the nation’s highway, bridge and mass transit systems.