Eno Transportation Weekly

House T&I Committee, Infrastructure
Shuster May Unveil Infrastructure Bill by July 31

July 13, 2018 – The infrastructure legislation that House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has quietly been working on for weeks could be unveiled by the end of this month.

Appropriations, FY19
FY19 Appropriations Process Slows

July 13, 2018 – The appropriations process for 2019 has slowed. A two-bill package that includes funding for EPA water grants is scheduled for next week, but there is still no schedule for the Transportation-HUD or Homeland Security bills.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 16, 2018

Wednesday, July 18 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on  Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management – subcommittee hearing on recovery from natural disasters of 2017 and preparedness for the 2018 hurricane season (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Cars, Driving
House Subcommittee Examines Drug-Impaired Driving

July 12, 2018 – There was no shortage of expectations for how local, state, and federal efforts can help the issue of drug-impaired driving at Wednesday’s hearing of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.

Aviation, FAA
Senate Action on Modified FAA Bill Still Possible in July-August

July 13, 2018 – It is still possible – but by no means certain – that the U.S. Senate could consider the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1405) in the next two or three weeks. But the bill will only come up if the leaders of the committee can winnow any potential amendments down to the point that the consideration of the bill can be completed in one or two days of floor time.

Highway Trust Fund, Highways, HTF
Highway “Devolution” Bill Introduced in Senate (Again)

July 13, 2018 – The latest variant of legislation to turn responsibility for most highway funding back to states, eliminate most federal mass transit spending, and reduce federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes was introduced in the Senate. S. 3190, the “Transportation Empowerment Act,” was introduced on July 10 by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Rail, STB
White House Nominates Third STB Member

July 6, 2018 – The White House announced last night that President Trump will nominate Martin Oberman of Chicago to be a member of the railroad-regulating Surface Transportation Board.

FTA, Mass Transit, 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.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 9, 2018

Wednesday, July 11 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee roundtable discussion on counter-UAS issues (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. Wednesday, July 11 – Senate Environment and Public Works – full committee hearing on the long-term value to U.S.

Mass Transit, Transit
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.

Mass Transit, Senate Banking Committee
Senate Banking Leaders Introduce Rail Transit Inspection Bill

June 27, 2018 – On June 26, the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Banking Committee introduced a bill clarifying that state transit safety oversight agencies should conduct safety inspections of the local mass transit agencies they are overseeing.