Eno Transportation Weekly

Highway Bill, Surface Reauthorization
30 Years Ago This Week: Reagan’s 1987 Highway Bill Veto

March 29, 2017 – Thirty years ago this week, an 18-month struggle over the future of federal highway and mass transit funding came to a head: President Ronald Reagan became the first chief executive to veto a federal-aid highway authorization bill, and Congress overrode the veto.

Coast Guard, Commuter Rail, FRA, House T&I Committee, MPO, Safety, USDOT
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. The panel also approved several other measures, including bills to recodify Coast Guard statutes and to require Congress be notified of ongoing railroad safety audits.

Autonomous Vehicles, House Energy & Commerce Committee
Congress Examines the Levels of Vehicle Automation

March 29, 2017 – On Tuesday, March 28, the House Energy & Committee Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) held a hearing to better understand the capabilities and limitations of AV technology as it progresses.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of April 3, 2017

Tuesday, April 4 – Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation – Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security – subcommittee hearing to examine multimodal freight policy and infrastructure – 2:30 p.m., SR-253 Russell.

Appropriations, FTA, FY17, New Starts, TIGER
White House Submits FY17 Budget Revisions – But Too Late to Change the Omnibus?

March 27, 2017 – Last Friday evening, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent Congress proposed changes to about a hundred different discretionary appropriations accounts for the current fiscal year (2017), including TIGER grants, mass transit new starts, and the Army Corps of Engineers water resources program.

Eno Announces 2017 LDC Dinner Award Winners

This year the Eno Center for Transportation will honor Jane Garvey – former Federal Aviation Administration Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration – with a Lifetime Achievement Award and Robert Prince – former Vice President of AECOM with the Wilbur S. Smith Friend of Eno Award.

Autonomous Vehicles, House T&I Committee, Infrastructure, P3, USDOT
Frankel, McAuliffe, and Shuster Discuss Transportation in the Trump Era

March 23, 2017 – A series of three interviews with transportation leaders hosted by Axios featured bipartisan perspectives from Emil Frankel of the Eno Center for Transportation, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D), and House Transportation Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA).

ATC, Aviation, FAA
Editorial: Independent Air Traffic Control is Good Public Policy

While many many are already calling the Administration’s budget proposal “dead in the water” one item should not be dismissed: spinning off the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system to an independent, nonprofit entity. Doing so would remove roughly $11 to $12 billion per year from the federal budget, and over 35,000 federal employees could be off the federal payroll.

Appropriations, Budget, FY17, FY18, Infrastructure, USDOT
The Three Aims of the Trump Transportation Budget

March 23, 2017 – The President’s budget outline released last week is so light on details that you can’t even really call it a “skinny budget” – it’s deathly anorexic. But based on the document, and a little additional reporting, a few things have become clear.