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Eno Transportation Weekly

Policy & Op-Eds
Federal governance, Fuel tax, Governance, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Mileage-based user fees
A Wholesale Tax on Gasoline: What are the Policy Implications?

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 […]

Airlines, Airports, Aviation
The Future of the Airline Industry

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.

Automated vehicles, congestion pricing, Managed lanes, Tolls
They Pay Farmers Not to Grow Crops, Don’t They?

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.

Federal governance, Governance, Local governance, Regional governance
The Federal Role in Institutional Change

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.

Appropriations, Fuel tax, Governance, Highways, Public transit, Rail, State governance
Virginia: Birthplace of Precedents

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 ctempleton
Commuter Rail, Public transit, Rail, Railroads
Let’s Turn Over Commuter Trains to Nonprofit Organizations

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 ctempleton
Amtrak, Commuter Rail, Federal funding, Federal governance, Freight rail, Governance, High-Speed Rail, Rail, Railroads
The Future of the Northeast Corridor

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 ctempleton
Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance, Highways, Public transit, Traffic safety
Three Pragmatic Initiatives for the Incoming Secretary of Transportation

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.

Amtrak, Commuter Rail, Federal governance, Freight rail, Governance, High-Speed Rail, Rail, Railroads
The Future of the Northeast Corridor

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.

Federal governance, Governance, Local governance, Project Delivery, Public/private partnerships, State governance, Transit technology
Design-Build: Doing More With Existing Resources

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.

By ctempleton
Air traffic control, Aviation, Aviation safety/security, Aviation workforce, Federal governance, Governance
Why is Air Traffic Control a Government Function?

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.

Federal governance, Freight, Governance, Maritime, ports, Public/private partnerships
Investing in Seaports Pays Dividends

BY KURT NAGLE President, American Association of Port Authorities Every four years since 1988, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released its U.S. infrastructure “Report Card” which gives a letter grade to the performance and condition of America’s infrastructure.

By ctempleton
emissions, Environment, Federal governance, Fuel tax, Governance, State governance
Transportation as Utility

BY ERIC PETERSON Transportation Policy Consultant, Former Deputy Administrator of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration at the U.S.

By ctempleton
Commuter Rail, Federal governance, Freight, Fuel tax, Governance, Highways, Local governance, Maritime, ports, Public transit, Rail, Traffic safety
Three New Visionary Ideas for the President

When President Obama gave his State of the Union speech to Congress last month, the transportation community reaction was mixed. The President once again highlighted transportation infrastructure investments as part of his plan for economic growth and job creation. He specifically referenced 70,000 structurally deficient bridges and a “fix-it first” policy for transportation.

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