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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Transit

FTA Formalizes New Local Funding Evaluation Criteria for New Starts

July 6, 2018 – Last Friday (after ETW went to press), the Federal Transit Administration sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to transit agencies around the country formalizing the Trump Administration’s new approach to evaluating the local financial contribution to new mass transit projects.

What’s the Purpose of Mass Transit? – Part 2

July 6, 2018 – Continues the story of the federal role in mass transit from January 1963 through the law establishing a Department of Transportation – without a role in mass transit – in late 1966.

Will the Third Time Be the Charm for the Portal North Bridge?

June 21, 2018 – New Jersey Transit (and Amtrak) face a July 14 deadline for getting the Federal Transit Administration to approve their latest revised financial plan for the replacement of the Portal North Bridge, the first project of the $30+ billion Gateway Program of passenger rail projects in New York and New Jersey. The revised financial plan will take advantage of $600 million in state bonds approved by the state Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Transit Board of Directors last week.

China Transit Procurement Ban Has Potential to Divide Stakeholders

May 31, 2018 – The surprise inclusion in the draft fiscal 2019 Transportation-HUD appropriations act of a provision banning the use of federal transit dollars to purchase transit vehicles from Chinese companies could have enormous implications for transit agencies in Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles – but it’s also about a long-term strategy to prevent Chinese rail car makers from getting into the separate U.S.

Guest Op-Ed: Five Hidden Flaws in Most Transit Systems

Having spent over thirty years in transportation operations and leadership positions of government, I have seen that most public transportation systems have at least five hidden flaws that good leaders must address.

FTA Commits First FY18 Capital Investment Grant Funding

May 18, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration signed two more Capital Investment Grant “small start” funding agreements this week, one of which represents the first FTA commitment of unallocated 2018 CIG appropriations.

Eno Releases New Recommendations for Improving the Nation’s Rail Transit Infrastructure

May 17, 2018 – On Monday, Eno released a new report, Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition, which outlines the reforms needed to bring our rail systems into a state of good repair. The report’s recommendations include five steps that agencies and governments can take to reform and modernize how the industry approaches maintaining rail systems.

FTA Gives Out Full FY18 Transit Apportionments

May 10, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration has at last distributed the full amount of fiscal year 2018 funding for mass transit programs provided by the omnibus appropriations bill enacted into law on March 23.

FY18 Omnibus: Mass Transit Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation provides a total of $13.5 billion for the programs of the Federal Transit Administration, an increase of $1.07 billion (8.6 percent) over last year. 

Is MaaS Transit the Future of Mass Transit?

Join us March 22 to learn more about how some global cities are testing and deploying “Mobility-as-a-Service” as a means to facilitate customer information, schedules, and payment. This webinar will detail MaaS pilot programs, their lessons learned, and provide insights for US transit agencies, including its effect on ridership, data security, and equity in the broader transportation network.

Shared Use Mobility Summit 2018

March 15, 2018 – The Shared Use Mobility Summit kicked off on March 12 with day-and-a-half workshops on shared autonomous vehicles (AVs) and on the FTA-funded Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox project.

Who’s Responsible for Pedestrian Access to Mass Transit?

February 12, 2018 – There is a mismatch between the ADA compliance of transit agencies of their vehicles and physical stations, and the non-compliance of the pedestrian infrastructure surrounding these transit stops which pedestrians need to traverse to reach their bus or train stop.