Eno Transportation Weekly

Lessons Learned: Moscow Urban Forum, 2019

I knew it would be strange to be in Russia on July 4 for the Moscow Urban Forum. Moscow is a complicated and challenging city—albeit a stunning, lively one—as it struggles with the transition from a socialist economy to a market one.

FTA, transit
House Passes Defense Bill Carrying Chinese Transit Railcar Ban

July 12, 2019 – Earlier today, the House of Representatives passed a $733 billion Pentagon authorization bill (H.R. 2500) that includes a provision banning the use of federal mass transit dollars for the purchase of rail cars built by companies owned or subsidized by the government of the People’s Republic of China.

Highways, Surface Reauthorization
Senate EPW Discusses Forthcoming Highway Reauthorization

July 12, 2019 – The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this week to reinforce the need for a multi-year surface transportation reauthorization bill – the precise kind of bill that the panel hopes to approve by the end of this month.

Pressure Grows to Reach Budget/Debt Deal Within 3 Weeks

July 12, 2019 – Pressure mounted on Congressional leaders this week to enact legislation increasing the public debt limit and statutory spending ceilings before Congress departs for its scheduled five-week August recess, which is to begin three weeks from today.

Aviation, FAA, Rail, STB
FAA, STB Nominees Advanced in Senate

July 11, 2019 – Stephen Dickson, nominee for the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), had his nomination advanced from the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Wednesday, July 10. The vote was 14-12 on party lines in favor of advancing the nomination to the full Senate. The committee also approved Michelle Schultz for an open seat on the Surface Transportation Board by voice vote.

Under Secretary Leaves DOT for OMB

July 12, 2019 – Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan has left the Department of Transportation to take a senior post at the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 15, 2019

Tuesday, July 16 – House Homeland Security – full committee markup (agenda here) – 10:00 a.m., 310 Cannon. Tuesday, July 16 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Highways and Transit – subcommittee hearing on oversight of the FTA Capital Investment Grant program (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 8, 2019

Wednesday, July 10 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment – subcommittee hearing on water resources development legislation (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

FRA, Rail
House Hearing Examines Rail Workforce Issues

June 27, 2019 – At the June 20 hearing of the House Railroads Subcommittee on “The State of the Rail Workforce,” witnesses and Democratic members expressed that over the past decade, railroading has changed dramatically in this country.

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Microtransit, Public transit
House T&I Looks at Mobility on Demand

June 27, 2019 – The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a sparsely attended roundtable on June 25 to begin to familiarize members with new transportation options and their interaction with traditional public transportation services.

Appropriations, FY20, USDOT
House Passes FY20 Transportation Appropriations

June 27, 2019 – This week, the House of Representatives debated and passed a five-bill package of appropriations measures that includes $87.7 billion in gross total budgetary resources for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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