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.
Eno Transportation Weekly
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 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!
Senator Barbara Boxer made headlines, at least in the small transportation world, when she said that she was leaning towards the idea of getting rid of the gas tax and replacing it with “a sales fee.” She further clarified by indicating that this could be “a percentage highway fee that is paid for at the […]
Last month the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed suit to block the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The lawsuit was something of a surprise to observers of the airline industry primarily because other recent large-scale mergers, such as United-Continental and Delta-Northwest, were approved with little incident.
Despite the odd title, this is an optimistic report. Before describing a breakthrough in how to reduce urban traffic congestion, let me summarize the problems with current strategies. We are all travelers.
In the run-up to the last authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), metropolitan regions had their sights set high.
ERIC PETERSON Transportation Policy Consultant, Eno Board of Advisors In January 2013, it was hard to imagine how the ambition of Virginia governor Robert McDonnell to deliver a comprehensive proposal to reshape the way transportation is funded and managed would be realized.
BY ROHIT T. AGGARWALA Eno Board of Advisors, Special Advisor, Bloomber Philanthropy United States public transit faces a paradox: it is increasingly popular but constantly in fiscal crisis. Between 1995 and 2009, transit usage grew 34 percent, compared to a population increase of 15 percent.
BY RICHARD J. LORBON Chief, NEC Infrastructure and Investment Development, Amtrak The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), the nation’s congressionally-chartered national passenger railroad, operates 310 daily intercity trains on a 21,200 mile system serving 528 stations across the country.
BY JAMES B.
The advice often given to incoming members of the President’s Cabinet is to pick three issues on which to focus their energy, because you cannot do everything and must pick your battles. This seems like sage advice but the challenge, and perhaps the success of a Secretary, hinges on the actual issues that are chosen.
The National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), the nation’s congressionally-chartered national passenger railroad, operates 310 daily intercity trains on a 21,200 mile system serving 528 stations across the country.
BY RICHARD THOMAS, LCP Director, State & Local Legislative Affairs, Design-Build Institute of America Passing legislation in Congress has never been an easy process, and the political partisanship that we have seen over the last decade made it even more painful and drawn out.
Last week the sequester finally began hitting Congress where it hurts – by snarling air traffic and delaying flights. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) furloughed its air traffic controllers one day every two weeks, forcing the working controllers to slow down the aviation system in order to avoid potential reductions in safety margins.