July 13, 2018 – The infrastructure legislation that House Transportation and Infrastructure chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) has quietly been working on for weeks could be unveiled by the end of this month.
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July 13, 2018 – The appropriations process for 2019 has slowed. A two-bill package that includes funding for EPA water grants is scheduled for next week, but there is still no schedule for the Transportation-HUD or Homeland Security bills.
July 12, 2018 – Amidst an ongoing discussion of investing in U.S. infrastructure, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing, “The Long-term Value to U.S. Taxpayers of Low-cost Federal Infrastructure Loans,” on Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 18 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management – subcommittee hearing on recovery from natural disasters of 2017 and preparedness for the 2018 hurricane season (witness list to be posted here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.
July 12, 2018 – There was no shortage of expectations for how local, state, and federal efforts can help the issue of drug-impaired driving at Wednesday’s hearing of the House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection.
July 12, 2018 – There was widespread agreement on the need to reform laws governing how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) at a roundtable hosted by the House Subcommittee on Aviation on Wednesday.
July 13, 2018 – It is still possible – but by no means certain – that the U.S. Senate could consider the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1405) in the next two or three weeks. But the bill will only come up if the leaders of the committee can winnow any potential amendments down to the point that the consideration of the bill can be completed in one or two days of floor time.
July 13, 2018 – The latest variant of legislation to turn responsibility for most highway funding back to states, eliminate most federal mass transit spending, and reduce federal gasoline and diesel fuel taxes was introduced in the Senate. S. 3190, the “Transportation Empowerment Act,” was introduced on July 10 by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Part 3 of our look back at the origins of the federal role in mass transit, this part examining the move of mass transit programs from HUD to DOT in 1968.
July 6, 2018 – The White House announced last night that President Trump will nominate Martin Oberman of Chicago to be a member of the railroad-regulating Surface Transportation Board.
July 5, 2018 – The nine states of the Multi-State Zero-Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) Task Force released a new action plan this week outlining priority actions to rapidly accelerate the adoption of ZEVs in their states.
July 6, 2018 – Last Friday (after ETW went to press), the Federal Transit Administration sent out a “Dear Colleague” letter to transit agencies around the country formalizing the Trump Administration’s new approach to evaluating the local financial contribution to new mass transit projects.
Wednesday, July 11 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee roundtable discussion on counter-UAS issues (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn. Wednesday, July 11 – Senate Environment and Public Works – full committee hearing on the long-term value to U.S.
July 6, 2018 – Continues the story of the federal role in mass transit from January 1963 through the law establishing a Department of Transportation – without a role in mass transit – in late 1966.
June 27, 2018 – On June 26, the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Banking Committee introduced a bill clarifying that state transit safety oversight agencies should conduct safety inspections of the local mass transit agencies they are overseeing.