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Eno Transportation Weekly

Appropriations, CR, FY19, Shutdown
Shutdown Continues With No End in Sight, As Federal Workers Miss First Paycheck

January 11, 2019 – The partial lapse-of-appropriations shutdown that began at midnight on December 21 is now three weeks old, but a pivotal milestone was reached this morning when civilian federal workers who are either furloughed or else being forced to work under the life/safety exception missed their first scheduled paycheck.

House, House Appropriations Committee, House T&I Committee, Senate, Senate Appropriations Committee
Organization of New Congress Continues…Slowly…

January 11, 2019 – The new 116th Congress took a few additional organizational moves this week, but the naming of House members to committees is taking longer than normal. Senate committees, however, were officially established and populated this week and will begin substantive hearings next week.

Highways, Tolls
Virginia Proposes Tolling 325 Miles of Interstate 81

January 11, 2019 – This week, Virginia governor Ralph Northam announced that he and a bipartisan group of state legislators are proposing legislation to levy tolls across the 325-mile length of Interstate 81 throughout the state in order to pay for $2.2 billion in capacity and safety upgrades to the corridor. But even if the General Assembly agrees to the plan, it will still require multiple permissions (and a loan) from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Appropriations, FHWA, FY19, Highways
FHWA Gives States An Extra $30B in Highway Spending Authority; Warns Them to Exercise Restraint

January 9, 2019 – Yesterday, the Federal Highway Administration issued a notice giving the 50 state DOTs and the District of Columbia an extra $30 billion in obligation authority to start new federal-aid highway projects, but warned them that if a new short-term continuing appropriations resolution is enacted, they will have to take most of that money back for the time being.

Cars, congestion pricing, transportation funding
Overdue and Overlooked: Congestion Pricing

January 9, 2019 – While no silver bullet will fix the woes of urban mobility and access, transportation economists believe that congestion pricing strategies come close. This month, Eno will launch a project to evaluate best practices in congestion pricing techniques.

Aviation, data, Drones, electric vehicles, emissions, TNCs
Op-Ed: Four Transportation Policy Predictions for 2019

January 3, 2018 – Eno’s Paul Lewis provides four predictions for transportation policy in the year ahead, from new federal policy on congested airspace to reckoning with the industry’s impact on climate change.

Positive Train Control, PTC, Rail
All Railroads With PTC Requirements Claim to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

January 3, 2019 – All 41 railroads with positive train control (PTC) requirements submitted by Dec. 31, 2018 documentation claiming they fully implemented PTC or else qualified for an “alternative schedule,” the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) announced on New Year’s Eve.

Appropriations, CR, FY19
Partial Shutdown Enters Third Week As Senate Ignores First House Offer

January 4, 2019 – The partial shutdown of the federal government, which includes a furlough of over 20,000 employees of the U.S. Department of Transportation, will enter its third week tomorrow with no end in sight. Yesterday, the new House Democratic majority passed two appropriations measures to restart the government (see details below), but the White House promptly issued a veto threat, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to take those up in the Senate until Democrats and President Trump reach agreement on a bill that can gain his signature.

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