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Eno Transportation Weekly

Policy & Op-Eds
Aviation, Eno, FAA
Op-Ed: Eno’s Certification Recommendations in Final FAA Bill

October 3, 2018 – The FAA reauthorization directly addresses the agency’s critical role in certification in order to ensure public confidence in the safety of the system for business and leisure travel. With the industry changing rapidly as new technologies come online, the federal certification process needs to be more flexible and agile.

Autonomous Vehicles, connected vehicles, Digital Cities
Carving a Path Forward on Connected Vehicles

September 26, 2018 – A panel of transportation and short-range communications experts argued this week that DSRC technology exists now and can provide safety benefits, and therefore should be implemented as soon and as ubiquitously as possible.

ballot measures
Unboxing Transportation Lockboxes at the Ballot Box

September 4, 2018 – As Eno continues its examination of transportation at the ballot boxduring the 2018 midterm elections, we find that measures to raise revenue are not the only ones attracting attention this year. Lockbox amendments—that dedicate certain revenues to transportation uses—are once again on the ballot.

Budget, Highway Trust Fund, HTF
An Open Letter to the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform

When looking at budget process reform, remember that through a series of historical accidents, 99 percent of the spending from the Highway Trust Fund is exempt from both statutory systems of budget discipline – the PAYGO process for mandatory spending, and the Budget Control Act spending caps for discretionary spending. Thus, Highway Trust Fund spending is also exempt from sequestration – because sequestration is only a tool used to enforce the statutory systems of budget discipline.

HTF, Revenue, VMT
Guest Op-Ed: Usage Time (UT) – A Road Pricing Concept Overlooked?

Instead of levying a vehicle miles traveled fee (VMT), which would charge drivers based on the mileage they drive, policymakers should explore and consider a different revenue mechanism that appears to have several advantages over VMT. A usage time (UT) fee would be based on time the vehicle is in use; fees start accruing when the engine starts and stop when the engine shuts down.

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