Eno Transportation Weekly

Policy & Op-Eds
Charging for Congestion in New York

In major metropolitan areas like New York, transportation challenges dominate headlines and for good reason. The data firm Inrix recently named New York the third worst-congested city in the world, ahead of Sao Paulo, Bangkok, and Jakarta. At the same time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a “state of emergency” for the city’s transit system. As it was in London, now is the time for bold action.

In Memoriam: Hank Dittmar

April 13, 2018 – Hank Dittmar—a transportation pioneer well known to most of us—died on April 3, 2018 at age 62 after a long battle with cancer.

Freight, Infrastructure, Rail
Op-Ed: Good Public Policy Drives Freight Rail Investment (Not Public Funding)

President Trump and many in Congress have placed a high priority on infrastructure investment.  The Administration’s plan has significant federal funding associated with it, primarily aimed at attracting more non-federal dollars into infrastructure, including private sector investment.  As Congress and the Administration consider this approach, it should be reassuring that substantial private investment is already […]

Op-Ed: What’s the big deal about celebrating Women’s History Month in the transportation industry?

Women still face challenges in the transportation industry — the same challenges faced by women across all industries: glass ceilings, lack of opportunity, lack of diversity, safety issues, unequal pay, and sexual harassment. These challenges hurt the industry as they waste time, money, and human resources, which affect critical mission achievement. There must be attention and intention to remove these barriers.

COMTO Celebrates Women Who Move the Nation

March 11th, The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) hosted our 7th Annual Awards Breakfast, Celebrating Women Who Move The Nation. In observance of Women’s History Month, we inducted over 75 women into this signature class of leaders in the transportation industry.

Op-Ed: A Case for Gender Parity on Transportation Industry Boards

The essence of good governance is representation of the best interests of the community or enterprise. Appropriate board representation aligns with the diversity of the constituency. In the transportation public sector, the user population represented is made up of 50% women and yet women continue to be under-represented on public boards.

Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility
Op-Ed: How Los Angeles is Adapting Urban Mobility for our Digital Age

Given its position as the largest, densest metropolitan region in the US, the City of Los Angeles stands to reap the most benefits or possibly suffer the greatest negative effects of the arrival of disruptive transportation technologies and new business models that rest on the acceleration of shared mobility, machine learning, clean energy, and big data. Urban Mobility in a Digital Age established LADOT’s vision for mobility in Los Angeles, anchored on the foundation of actively managed electric, shared, autonomous mobility that tackles congestion, enables economic mobility, enables equitable outcomes, and saves lives.

Op-Ed: Building a Pipeline of Talented Women in Transportation

Diversity in the workforce is a multi-layered conversation that both the public and private sector industries must address in their actions, policies, and inclusivity. The culture essential to diversity and inclusivity starts at the top and promotes hiring the best and most diverse talent, inclusivity, networking, mentoring, professional growth and talent development.

Infrastructure, local policy
Promoting Upward Mobility Through Transportation Policy

Transportation costs, after housing, are the biggest expenses in the budgets of most American households particularly for those settled along the urban fringe. Federal and local policies can help low-income households in a short term to spend less on transportation, but also, by providing access to opportunities, increases their chance of upward mobility.

Autonomous Vehicles, Digital Cities
Guest Op-Ed: Consumers are Ready for Electric Vehicles. Our Power Grid Isn’t

More than comic fodder, the blackout was a valuable lesson reminding us that even the smartest, newest machines can’t function without the greatest machine ever built – the U.S. power grid. This is especially true in transportation, where vehicles, from personal cars to trucks and buses, are rapidly evolving by becoming electric and plugging into the power grid rather than running on gasoline.