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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Public Transportation

Shut the Subways Down

When the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority shut down its subway system for an entire day in March for emergency repairs, it sent a shockwave through the country. People and pundits wondered: How could this be allowed to happen in the nation’s capital? Who’s to blame? What were they thinking?

What Can DC Metro’s Past Tell Us About Its Future?

The ongoing problems of the Washington, DC regional rapid transit system (“Metro”), long obvious to local residents, have now leapt into the national spotlight. What can Zachary Shrag’s 2006 book The Great Society Subway tell us about the past and future of Metro?

Convergence: Where Do We Go From Here?

The final session of Eno’s March 2016 Convergence event took a holistic view of the public policy role in enabling innovative mobility, reflecting on the robust policy discussions taking place throughout the day in terms of public transit, freight, cities, data, and autonomous vehicles.

Foxx Replaces 3 WMATA Board Members, Emphasizing Safety

April 29, 2016 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced yesterday that he will replace three of the four federal members of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Board of Directors with new members who share extensive backgrounds in transportation safety.

Denver Eagle P3 Begins Operations

The nation’s first modern public-private partnership (P3) for public transportation has now begun operations. On April 22, 2016, the Denver Regional Transportation District (RTD) opened the new University of Colorado A Line that connects Denver’s International Airport to Union Station downtown.

House Hearing Examines DC Metro’s Woes

April 20, 2016 – Last week, the House Oversight Committee held a much-discussed hearing regarding safety and service of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Tax Corrections Bill Tweaks Transit Benefits

April 12, 2016 – The chairmen of the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate introduced joint legislation this week to make “technical corrections” to a series of revenue laws enacted in recent years, several of which affect transportation programs (or the “pay-fors” from recent surface transportation laws).

How Will Transportation Apps Affect Mass Transit?

How are ridesharing and other types innovative transportation technologies changing the world of mass transportation? The first panel discussion at the Eno Center’s March 24 Convergence examined this question through discussion with representatives of technology companies, local transit interests, and facilitators.

New WMATA Chief Outlines Plans for DC Metro’s Future

March 10, 2016 – The National Press Club held a luncheon on March 7 featuring Paul Wiedefeld, the general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) since last November. This event follows a public plan recently released by Wiedefeld, as well as an editorial in the Washington Post. While the discussion focused on WMATA’s myriad problems, he took a pragmatic tone, acknowledging that issues have not been communicated properly to the public.

Eno Begins Work on Exploring “Digital Cities”

Today, ubiquitous wireless network availability, an ever-growing array of mobile applications, Big Data, and societal/demographic changes have created an environment in which information systems, shared vehicles, and on-demand services play an increasing role in metropolitan transportation

The People Behind Recent Transportation Innovation

It’s become a common story: while transportation reform advocates continue to beat the drum to fully fund a renewed federal transportation program, a wholly different group of people push for local progress apace. This is not to discount the tremendous work required to remind lawmakers of the nation’s infrastructure needs.

Interesting Chart of the Week

Historical look at federal transportation infrastructure grants to states and localities over the FY 1941 – 2014 period.

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