May 17, 2019 – Stephen Dickson, the nominee for Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee on May 15 for his confirmation hearing.
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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.
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.
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.
May 15, 2019 – Eno conducted an analysis of the international market for air travel in November 2018 for the Japan International Transport Institute. This multi-part ETW series details some of the most interesting facts and findings of that work.
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.
May 17, 2019 – Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeffrey Rosen to be Deputy Attorney General of the United States. The vote was 52 to 45 and was completely party-line.
May 17, 2019 – The White House this week sent up a package of FY 2020 budget amendments to Capitol Hill, including small tweaks to Coast Guard, Corps of Engineers, and FHWA budget requests.
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.
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.
Tuesday, May 21 – House Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security – subcommittee hearing on the TSA workforce – 10:00 a.m., 310 Cannon.
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.
May 10, 2019 – The bipartisan leaders of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week wrote to their Budget Committee counterparts and the leaders of both parties in the House to ask that certain budget-related highway and water funding issues be addressed in the context of an overall budget deal with the Senate and the White House.
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.
May 10, 2019 – As part of preparations for Infrastructure Week 2019, it’s worth looking at how a proposed $2 trillion infrastructure spending total would compare to past and present federal spending on infrastructure (however you want to define it).