Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: transit

Contentious House Hearing Looks At Transit New Start Program

July 19, 2019 – The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit this week held a contentious hearing to examine the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, which provides federal funding for new subway, light rail, and other fixed guideway transit systems (traditionally called “new starts”) as well as projects to increase the carrying capacity of existing systems.

House Passes Defense Bill Carrying Chinese Transit Railcar Ban

July 12, 2019 – Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a $733 billion Pentagon authorization bill (H.R. 2500) that includes a provision banning the use of federal mass transit dollars for the purchase of rail cars built by companies owned or subsidized by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Guest Op-Ed: Mobility Integrators – The Transit Agencies of the Future

At the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), we’ve shifted our priorities to address long-term challenges, giving us the ability to adapt and maneuver in the short-term.  We now collectively think and act as the mobility integrator of Northeast Florida rather than just a provider of public transportation.

House T&I Members Sound Skeptical of State-Owned Chinese Transportation Firms

May 17, 2019 – The full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing yesterday on the participation of state-owned entities in the public transportation and freight rail sectors. The clear focus was the impact that the state-owned Chinese rail company CRRC is having on the U.S. mass transit rail car market, and on the independently-owned but state-subsidized electric bus company BYD’s entrance into the transit bus market as well.

FY20 Transit Apportionments Face Automatic 12 Percent Cut

April 11, 2019 – Yesterday, the Treasury Department announced that the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund has failed its forward-looking solvency test for fiscal year 2020. As a result, unless Congress passes new legislation fixing the problem, apportionments of FY 2020 mass transit formula funding to transit agencies will be reduced by around 12 percent from the levels provided by the FAST Act.

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