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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: Transit

FTA Allocates Funding to L.A., Tempe, Minneapolis Transit Projects

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.

Is the Mass Transit CIG Program Sitting on $1.4 Billion? Or Is the Program $5 Billion in the Red?

November 28, 2018 – Is the Federal Transit Administration’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program sitting on over a billion dollars of funding provided by Congress instead of providing that money to subway, light rail, and bus rapid transit projects across the country? Or is the CIG program a ticking time bomb with nearly $5 billion in unfunded liabilities that will come due in future years, when future Congresses are not legally bound to make good on those promises?

How Did Different Transportation Modes Fare at the Ballot Box?

November 15, 2018 – Voters approved far more ballot measures to raise money primarily for roads than for any other mode, but transit and multimodal measures will raise more dollars over the next 20 years, according to Eno’s latest analysis of the 2018 transportation ballot measures.

Transit Agencies Exchange Best Practices at Eno/MAX Program

October 10, 2018 – September marked the end of another successful Eno/MAX program. Throughout 2018, a cohort of 48 students participated in the Eno/MAX (Multi-Agency Exchange) Program to share best practices, build their professional network, and enhance their leadership skills.

FTA Finalizes Transit Safety Rules

July 20, 2018 – The Federal Transit Administration this week finalized two long-awaited safety rules governing all transit agencies that receive federal funds.

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.

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