February 22, 2019 – Ride-sharing services offer an opportunity to enhance transit and create a new ecosystem of interconnected multimodal options where ride-hailing and transit work together to provide cost-efficient and environmentally friendlier commutes.
Eno Transportation Weekly
Category: Regional governance
January 11, 2019 – Eno staff will participate in several sessions at the TRB Annual Meeting next week, presenting on topics ranging from transportation workforce planning to transportation technologies.
December 10, 2018 – Voters in Baton Rouge, LA, approved over the weekend a 30-year, half-cent sales tax increase to fund road improvements, bringing the total amount of transportation funding approved at the ballot box in 2018 to $40.89 billion.
December 5, 2018 – While transportation planners often indicate the importance of safety, they must find the tools to measure it to be able to improve upon it, and finding or collecting the necessary data is an important first step.
November 30, 2018 – This week, the Federal Transit Administration announced that they are formally allocating fiscal 2018 appropriations for the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for four new mass transit projects: the third section of the mammoth Los Angeles Westside Purple Line extension, plus smaller projects in Tempe, Arizona (a new streetcar system), Minneapolis, Minnesota (a new bus rapid transit system), and capacity upgrades in the Dallas, Texas DART rail system.
November 8, 2018 – Voters approved five of the 10 largest transportation ballot measures by dollar amount this Election Day, with four failing and one still too close to call.
September 4, 2018 – As Eno continues its examination of transportation at the ballot boxduring the 2018 midterm elections, we find that measures to raise revenue are not the only ones attracting attention this year. Lockbox amendments—that dedicate certain revenues to transportation uses—are once again on the ballot.
June 14, 2018 – In last Tuesday’s primary, California voters decided on a mix of state and regional transportation measures.
November 9, 2017 – A bevy of proposals to increase transportation spending at the state and local level, either through new indebtedness or dedicated tax revenues (or through indebtedness to be repaid by dedicated tax revenues) were largely successful in the November 7 elections.
April 27, 2017 – On Election Day, voters considered 436 state and local ballot measures to advise on future transportation projects as well as funding new and existing transportation options through taxes, bonds, and other mechanisms.
March 9, 2017 – Last night, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation to repeal the December 2016 final rule from the U.S.
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.
December 16, 2016 – Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx this week decided to move forward with issuance of a final rule requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in many jurisdictions to consolidate. The final rule was sent to the Federal Register for eventual publication yesterday despite overwhelmingly negative comments on the proposed version of the rule from stakeholder groups and the public.
November 9, 2016 – Our short summaries of each of the top 30 ballot initiatives at stake last night follow, in alphabetical order, below.
November 9, 2016 – Beyond the contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, voters made enduring decisions on nearly transportation 400 ballot measures in their states, counties, and cities yesterday.
November 4, 2016 – Here at Eno, we are closely tracking not just the Presidential drama and the House and Senate races, but also the hundreds and hundreds of transportation ballot measures and initiatives are up for vote on November 8. As we’ve written, we believe the way these measures got on the ballot and the message voters will send means a future of more citizen involvement in the decisions that shape their communities and regions.
October 26, 2016 – The Eno Center for Transportation has compiled a database of 375 state and local ballot initiatives in 26 states relating to transportation (the vast majority of which involve funding) that are up for a vote on Election Day. Together, the ballot questions could raise a quarter-billion dollars for transportation infrastructure.
While all eyes are on the Presidential election this November, this year will also bring a flurry of transportation-related ballot measures as cities, states, and metropolitan areas seek expansions and maintenance of their infrastructure.
This week, we have a second round of guest op-eds relating to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s proposed rulemaking that will have the effect of forcing the consolidation of many metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in metropolitan regions – from Steve Heminger of the San Francisco Bay area MPO, and from Carl Mikyska, head of the Florida association of MPOs.
DOT should put away the rule book and take out its check book to address MPO governance reform. We may need fewer than 400+ MPOs across the land. But we need stronger regional planning and policy engagement if the federal transportation program is going to get the best bang for its limited buck.