Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Safety

USDOT Launches New Data Initiative to Predict (and Maybe Prevent) Fatal Crashes

January 19, 2018 – On January 8, Derek Kan, the Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy, announced a new USDOT safety data initiative intended to merge 21st century data sets with the data that the department has been collecting for generations. If successful, this will break down the silos between its data sets to understand the factors that lead to fatal crashes and, in the process, learn how to predict and mitigate risks ahead of time.

Senate Commerce Advances NTSB Reauthorization Bill

December 20, 2017 – At an executive session on December 13, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee approved a bill to reauthorize the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Fatal Amtrak Derailment Draws Attention Back to PTC Implementation

December 22, 2017 – This week’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Washington State has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of debate once again.

Point-Counterpoint: Twin 33 Trailer Combinations

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.

House T&I Approves Bill Repealing MPO Consolidation Rule

March 29, 2017 – This morning, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved a bill (H.R. 1346) repealing the Obama Administration’s December 2016 rule requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to consolidate across state lines.

Traffic Fatalities Highest in a Decade

February 24, 2017 – Traffic fatalities last year were the highest since the Great Recession in an alarming trend that shows few signs of stopping, according to a new report from the National Safety Council (NSC).