Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Jeff Davis
Appropriations, EPA, FY18, MARAD, USACE, Water
FY18 Omnibus: Water Resource, Supply and Navigation Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation released last night contained large spending increases for all things water – water resources, water supply, and the use of that water in interstate and foreign commerce.

Appropriations, Autonomous Vehicles, FMCSA, FY18, NHTSA, PHMSA
FY18 Omnibus: Transportation Safety Programs Include AV Research

March 22, 2018 – Surface transportation safety programs received significant funding increases in the fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation released yesterday, with much of the money devoted to a new DOT-wide autonomous vehicles R&D program.

Appropriations, FY18, TIGER, USDOT
FY18 Omnibus: TIGER Grants

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation introduced last night triples funding for the TIGER discretionary surface transportation grant program in the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, from last year’s $500 million to $1.5 billion.

Appropriations, FRA, FTA, FY18, Gateway, Mass Transit, Rail
FY18 Omnibus: NY/NJ Gateway Program

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations bill appears to accede to President Trump’s request to remove the $900 million in funding for the Gateway Program of NY/NJ rail projects, but it’s more complicated than that.

Amtrak, Appropriations, FRA, FY18, Passenger Rail, Rail
FY18 Omnibus: Railroad Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations agreement includes $3.09 billion for the programs of the Federal Railroad Administration, an increase of $1.24 billion (67 percent) over last year. 

Appropriations, FTA, FY18, Mass Transit, Transit
FY18 Omnibus: Mass Transit Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legislation provides a total of $13.5 billion for the programs of the Federal Transit Administration, an increase of $1.07 billion (8.6 percent) over last year. 

Appropriations, FHWA, FY18, Highways
FY18 Omnibus: Highway Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations package contains $47.5 billion in budgetary resources for the Federal Highway Administration.

AATF, Appropriations, Aviation, FAA, FY18
FY18 Omnibus: Aviation Programs

March 22, 2018 – The fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations package contains $18 billion for the Federal Aviation Administration and drops most of the Senate bill’s legislative provisions, including the $4.00 per passenger increase in allowable passenger facility charges (PFCs) at originating airports.

Appropriations, FY18
Elusive FY18 Omnibus Spending Package Now Expected Late Tonight

March 20, 2018 – Agreement on a number of issues in the pending $1.3 trillion omnibus fiscal 2018 appropriations package proved elusive yesterday, forcing negotiations into overtime and leading to a revised schedule that could have the bill text released just before midnight tonight.

Appropriations, FY18
$1.3 Trillion Omnibus FY18 Appropriations Package Released

March 22, 2018 (9:30 a.m.) After three consecutive all-night staff negotiation sessions, and a morning, afternoon, and evening of tedious waiting, Congressional leaders have finally released the text of the fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations legis… Sorry – you don’t have access to this item. Please log in below, or check out our membership options.

Nominations, Rail, STB, White House
Trump Taps Begeman As STB Chair

March 20, 2018 – President Trump on March 19 announced that he has designated Ann Begeman as the Chairman of the Surface Transportation Board.

Eno, Mass Transit, Transit
Is MaaS Transit the Future of Mass Transit?

Join us March 22 to learn more about how some global cities are testing and deploying “Mobility-as-a-Service” as a means to facilitate customer information, schedules, and payment. This webinar will detail MaaS pilot programs, their lessons learned, and provide insights for US transit agencies, including its effect on ridership, data security, and equity in the broader transportation network.

Appropriations, FY18, Gateway, USDOT
Omnibus FY18 Appropriations Delayed; Gateway Program Is Main Culprit

March 16, 2018 – Hopes that the House could pass a final $1.3 trillion omnibus appropriations package for fiscal year 2018 this week were dashed by a small number of unresolved issues, foremost among them whether or not to give an initial tranche of money towards the $30 billion Gateway program of rail projects in New York and New Jersey, the centerpiece of which is a new $13 billion tunnel project beneath the Hudson River.

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 19, 2018

Tuesday, March 20 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security – subcommittee hearing on the Takata airbag recall (witness list here) – 2:30 p.m., SR-253 Russell. Wednesday, March 21 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – full committee business meeting (agenda here) – 10:00 a.m., 2167 Rayburn.

AATF, Highway Trust Fund, HMTF, HTF, IWTF
Treasury Reports Trust Funds Outlook – Transit Cuts May Be Necessary in FY20

March 15, 2018 – Last Friday, the Treasury Department released the quarterly Treasury Bulletin, a publication containing a trove of data about all kinds of federal fiscal dealings. The March bulletin of each year is notable because that is the annual issue that contains detailed end-of-year summaries of, and out-year projections for, all federal trust funds.

FRA, High-Speed Rail, Rail
California High-Speed Rail Cost Could Rise to $98B, Authority Admits It May Not Be Able To Complete IOS

March 14, 2018 – Last Friday, the California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) released a draft 2018 business plan stating that costs for completing Phase 1 of the system (San Francisco to Anaheim) could rise as high as $98 billion, that completion will take four more years to complete than was estimated two years ago, and that the authority will probably need additional funding from somewhere in order to complete the initial operating segment of the system.