Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Regional governance

Guest Op-Ed: Local MPOs Are Already Cooperating

MPOs accountable to local elected officials–who in turn answer to local voters—are best suited to represent the local transportation needs and concerns. We should work together to create a system that insures those local voices remain sufficiently local to understand local concerns, and yet are still heard at statewide and national levels.

Mapping the Digital City

While GPS mapping was groundbreaking, auto manufacturers and tech companies are now rushing to create sophisticated, ultra-precise maps of cities and every possible inch of road throughout the United States. The primary objective is to build functional and thorough digital representations of urban environments that autonomous vehicles, drones, and other automated technologies can use to safely navigate to any destination.

FHWA/FTA Proposed Rule Would Reshuffle MPOs Nationwide

On June 27th, the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration jointly released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Coordination and Planning Area Reform. This rule has the potential to dramatically reshape the transportation planning landscape.

USDOT Issues Final Revisions to Metro/State Planning Rule

On May 27th, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) jointly released a final rule updating metropolitan, nonmetropolitan, and statewide transportation planning rules to reflect changes in law made by the enactment of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) in 2012 and the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2015.

How Local Governments Should Plan for Driverless Cars

The potential impact of autonomous vehicles on society is vast, with both positive and negative implications.

Generally, public safety is the largest positive impact cited as AVs have the potential to eliminate the majority of the 94 percent of automobile accidents caused by human error.

The Tactical Transportation Toolkit (T3)

When it comes to transportation problems and solutions in America, the focus often remains on the dense urban agglomerations – New York, San Francisco, LA, Chicago, etc. But what about the smaller towns and metropolitan suburbs, where the majority of Americans live?

Administration Re-Releases GROW AMERICA Bill Text

April 2, 2015 – The Obama Administration this week submitted the legislative text of a slightly revised version of the GROW AMERICA Act, its six-year, $478 billion surface transportation reauthorization proposal, to Congress.

Highlights of Mass Transit Policy Changes in the DRIVE Act

July 22, 2015 – Division B of the new McConnell substitute amendment for the DRIVE Act contains previously unseen provisions reauthorizing mass transit programs drafted by the staff of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. The funding authorization levels are displayed in the table elsewhere in this issue. An initial overview of major policy changes in Division B follows.

Common Ground for Airport Investment

One might think that investing in airport infrastructure would be something that airport authorities and airlines would agree upon. Airport operators want to provide better services, and airlines want better airports. This would seem to be a no-brainer.

Election Gives Mixed Message For Trans. & Infra.

November 10, 2014 – Voters in numerous states and localities sent mixed messages on transportation and infrastructure ballot initiatives in last week’s elections. Upon further analysis, a few patterns emerge.

California: Helping Themselves to a Brighter Future

BY KYLE MOTYCKA Business Development and Proposal Manager – Rail Veolia Transportation Maintenance & Infrastructure, Inc. California and Hollywood. The tie goes back to the early days of film where individuals had big dreams and Hollywood was the place where dreams come true.

Is It Time to Dismantle the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey?

BY DAVID Z. PLAVIN Like living organisms, public authorities seem to have a finite life cycle. They come into being to serve a public purpose: to undertake and/or finance public enterprises that other general governmental entities can not or do not want to do, and/or to insulate the elected leadership from any negative consequences.

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