Eno Transportation Weekly

Op-Ed: When Investing in Infrastructure, Invest in Freight

The lesson from the 2019 Infrastructure Week is that throwing money at the problem is not enough. Panel discussions, speeches, and presentations this week did not dwell on the proposed multi trillion dollar funding amount but focused rightly on what the goals and objectives of a federal investment program should be. The major theme of the week has been creating a cohesive vision to help justify the need and target funding to the most worthwhile projects.

House T&I Members Sound Skeptical of State-Owned Chinese Transportation Firms

May 17, 2019 – The full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing yesterday on the participation of state-owned entities in the public transportation and freight rail sectors. The clear focus was the impact that the state-owned Chinese rail company CRRC is having on the U.S. mass transit rail car market, and on the independently-owned but state-subsidized electric bus company BYD’s entrance into the transit bus market as well.

Fixing, Upgrading, and Modernizing Infrastructure

May 17, 2019 – An important part of the narrative around Washington’s $2 trillion infrastructure push focuses on maintaining and modernizing what we’ve already got. Which is why the opening session to kickoff Infrastructure Week 2019 focused on ways to enable infrastructure to serve us longer, to be more easily repaired, and adapt to new forces and trends.

Aviation, FAA
House Aviation Panel Looks at 737 MAX Certification

May 17, 2019 – On May 15, the House Aviation Subcommittee held its first hearing on the process by which the Federal Aviation Administration certified the Boeing 737 MAX as airworthy and other issues relating to the new aircraft, which was involved in fatal crashes in October 2018 and March 2019 and which has since been pulled from service around the world.

Airports, Appropriations, Aviation, FAA, FY18
FAA Gives Out $779M in Additional FY18 Discretionary Airport Grants

May 17, 2019 – On May 15, the Federal Aviation Administration announced 127 additional airport grants totaling $779 million, out of the $1 billion general fund appropriation made for supplemental airport grants in the fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations act. This is in addition to an initial tranche of 37 grants totaling $205 million made in September 2018.

FRA, FY10, High-Speed Rail, Rail
FRA Cancels $929M California High Speed Rail Grant

May 17, 2019 – Yesterday, the Federal Railroad Administration formally notified the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) that FRA is canceling an $929 million grant agreement signed by the Obama Administration eight years ago and will not be giving CHSRA the money.

FY20, Water
House Appropriators Boost FY20 Water Infrastructure Funding +$600m Over Last Year

May 16, 2019 – This week, the House Appropriations Committee released the text of the two draft fiscal 2020 general appropriations bills that fund federal water infrastructure programs at levels that are over $600 million above last year’s levels. Both bills – the Energy and Water Development bill and the Interior and Environment bill – were marked up in subcommittee, without amendment, yesterday.

Budget, FY20, Highway Trust Fund
CBO Issues Summary of Trump FY20 Budget Request

May 10, 2019 – Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget request, including the effects of a planned spending freeze on the Highway Trust Fund.

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