July 25, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. Earlier today, the Senate Transportation-Housing Subcommittee approved draft legislation appropriating $19.5 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation in fiscal year 2018. This is part of an overall bill appropria… This content is for Eno members only. Sign In Sign in to your Eno account below or JOIN ENO […]
Eno Transportation Weekly
July 24, 2017 – Outlook for the week ahead on Capitol Hill.
July 21, 2017 – Yesterday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill funding the Department of Energy and several water resources agencies including the civil works program of the Army Corps of Engineers.
July 20, 2017 – This summer, Congress is wrestling with the prospect of an as-yet unseen trillion-dollar infrastructure package, a contentious battle over privatizing air traffic control, partisan divisions over motor vehicle standards for emerging technologies, and – you guessed it – changing the font of highway signs.
July 20, 2017 – Legislation reauthorizing federal aviation programs and splitting up the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stalled on the way to the House floor, as party leaders try to nail down an elusive majority of the House in support of the bill. Sources say it is increasingly likely that House consideration of the bill (H.R. 2997) will slip into September at the earliest.
July 18, 2017 – The Senate Commerce Committee staff has allowed some stakeholders to confidentially view drafts of its legislative package for AVs. Sources familiar with the drafts have indicated that the legislation is split across 15 sections totaling approximately 30 pages.
A new report from Germany takes the issue of AV ethics head on and provides clear guidelines for tough ethical situations. It also provides recommendations for how governments and private industry should approach them.
July 20, 2017 – Amtrak submitted its fiscal 2018 budget request to Congress on May 31, but did not get around to publishing its full financial plan to accompany the budget request until late last week.
July 20, 2017 – The House Appropriations Committee on July 18 approved a draft bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2018. Unlike many non-defense programs, DHS was largely spared from proposed cuts in the President’s budget request, and the House bill largely adheres to the budget request.
July 20, 2017 – The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on July 18 to discuss the advancement of safety policy provisions in the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act that was enacted in December of 2015.
July 20, 2017 – The House of Representatives on July 17 passed two pieces of legislation dealing with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
July 20, 2017 – Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 13 to defend the Administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request for USDOT.
July 20, 2017 – On July 19, the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee (DCCP) of House Energy & Commerce (E&C) met for a markup of what may become the nation’s first laws around self-driving technology.
July 20, 2017 – The Senate Appropriations Committee has adopted a spending plan that gives the Transportation-HUD Subcommittee $3.5 billion more than its House counterpart for fiscal year 2018.
Data issues are the biggest challenge facing smart cities of today and tomorrow. By examining the USDOT Smart City Challenge Dataset, out of the 50 different challenges identified, the top two were data challenges.