Eno Transportation Weekly

Policy & Op-Eds
Commuter Rail, Governance, Public transit, Public/private partnerships, Rail, Railroads, Regional governance, State governance
California: Helping Themselves to a Brighter Future

BY KYLE MOTYCKA Business Development and Proposal Manager – Rail Veolia Transportation Maintenance & Infrastructure, Inc. California and Hollywood. The tie goes back to the early days of film where individuals had big dreams and Hollywood was the place where dreams come true.

By ctempleton
Bridges, Federal governance, Governance, Highways, ports, Public transit, Railroads, Streets
America’s Infrastructure Crisis Isn’t Overstated

BY BRIAN PALLASCH Managing Director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives American Society of Civil Engineers JANET KAVINOKY Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure Chamber of Commerce When a doctor tells you that you are sick, you should probably stay home. When a contractor tells you that your roof is caving in, you should probably move out.

By ctempleton
Federal funding, Fuel tax, High-Speed Rail, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Interstate Highway System, Traffic safety
The Bell Tolls for User-based Funding

Last month was the first time in a long time that anyone with the ability to act on it has proposed a specific funding source for surface transportation over a multi-year period.

Bicycle, Buses, data, emissions, Environment, Governance, Highways, Local governance, Parking, Pedestrian, Public transit, Resilience, Streets, Tolls, Traffic safety, Transit technology
Three Ideas for Big City Departments of Transportation

The United States is increasingly a metropolitan nation, with more of the population concentrating in urban areas. The largest of these regions contribute disproportionately to our national economy, serving as centers of innovation and activity that create jobs opportunities, and economic benefits nationwide.

Bicycle, Dockless, emissions, Environment, Public transit, Shared vehicles, TNCs, Transit technology
Shared Use Mobility: The Next Big Thing in Transportation

BY LARRY FILLER Transportation Consultant and MARC OLIPHANT Regional Employee Transportation Coordinator at Naval District Washington We are at the beginning of an important new phase in personal transportation that is both disruptive and revolutionary.

By ctempleton
Airports, Bridges, Governance, Local governance, ports, Regional governance, State governance, Tolls
Is It Time to Dismantle the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey?

BY DAVID Z. PLAVIN Like living organisms, public authorities seem to have a finite life cycle. They come into being to serve a public purpose: to undertake and/or finance public enterprises that other general governmental entities can not or do not want to do, and/or to insulate the elected leadership from any negative consequences.

By ctempleton
Environment, Federal governance, Freight, Freight rail, Fuel tax, Governance, Highways, Rail, Railroads, Tolls, Trucking, Trucking workforce
The Challenge of National Freight Policy: How to Pay For It?

2014 could be the year that a national freight policy begins to take focus in a new authorization bill. There have been several positive movements in this direction over the last few years that portend a possible emphasis on freight.

Ballot measure, Buses, Commuter Rail, Federal funding, Local governance, Public transit, Rail, Railroads, Regional governance
Completing Projects With Less Funding: Sound Transit’s Success Story

BY JONI EARL Chief Executive Officer Sound Transit Many transit agencies were hit hard by the recession; what added dimension to Sound Transit’s experience was passing a $17.8 billion expansion measure on November 4, 2008, literally the eve of the financial chaos.

By ctempleton
Bridges, Federal governance, Governance, Highways, Interstate Highway System, Public transit, Streets
Labor Day on the Roads, Thanksgiving in the Skies

BY ROGER DOW President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association Last weekend millions of Americans struggled to get where they wanted to go over the Thanksgiving holiday. For the moment, Thanksgiving-like delays and congestion are a nuisance relegated to a few times a year. But not for long.

By ctempleton
Federal funding, Federal governance, Fuel tax, Governance, Highway Trust Fund
Is a Gas Tax Increase Actually Desirable?

New proposed legislation in the House has generated some excitement, at least in the media, about the possibility of a gas tax increase to fund transportation investment. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) put forward legislation that would increase the gas tax by 15 cents and then index it to inflation.

Bridges, Buses, Federal governance, Governance, Highways, Local governance, Managed lanes, Public transit, State governance, Tolls
Tolling and Transit: An Emerging Nexus

BY EDWARD J. REGAN Senior Vice President, CDM Smith MICHAEL TOWNES VICE PRESIDENT, TRANSIT SERVICES LEADER, CDM SMITH Neither transit nor road tolling is new in America but both seem to be enjoying new levels of interest and support.

By ctempleton
accessibility, Amtrak, Commuter Rail, equity, Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance, Highway Trust Fund, Public transit, Rail, Railroads
Three Steps to Improving Intercity Transportation in the Amtrak Reauthorization

With the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) heading to conference, the legislative action on infrastructure and transportation turns to passenger rail. The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA) expired on September 30. Looking back, 2008 seems a long way from where we are today politically.

Federal governance, Governance, Maritime, ports
Bottom Line Thoughts on the Marine Transportation System

BY PAUL BEA PHB Public Affairs Earlier this summer the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the association of State Department of Transportation chiefs, issued the last of its “bottom line” modal reports.

By ctempleton
Transportation Issues: The Same in Any Language

BY DEB MILLER Cambridge Systematics I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Jakarta, Indonesia, where I spent nearly as much time flying as I spent on the ground. Thank goodness for business class!

By ctempleton
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