Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Jeff Davis
Nominations, Senate
Time Running Out for Trump Nominees

December 14, 2018 – With less than three weeks left until the end of the 115th Congress, twelve of President Trump’s transportation-related nominees are still pending on the Senate’s Executive Calendar, and five more are pending in committee.

Appropriations, CR, FY19
Dec. 21 Shutdown Now Seen As More Likely; Year-Long FY19 CR Options Discussed

December 14, 2018 – Funding for federal agencies supported by seven of the twelve annual appropriations bills expires one week from tonight, and there is no immediately obvious path towards averting a government shutdown beginning at midnight on Friday, December 21. Agreement on six of the seven pending appropriations bills is at hand, but a major partisan dispute on funding a U.S.-Mexico border wall in the Homeland Security bill prevents overall agreement.

House Ways and Means Committee, Revenue, Taxes
Tax Extenders Package May Wait Until Next Year

December 14, 2018 – A $30 billion package of tax extenders, which included a permanent (albeit reduced) extension of the tax credit for railroad maintenance for Class II and III railroads, was dropped from the latest version of year-end tax legislation introduced by the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee this week. But the new package appears to lack votes in the House, just like the last version did.

Budget, CBO, Revenue
CBO Updates Savings Estimates from Spending and Tax Choices

December 14, 2018 – This week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office issued its biennial report updating a wide menu of revenue increase and spending cut options and the amount by which each of the 121 options would decrease federal deficits over the coming years.

DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in BUILD Surface Transportation Grants

December 11, 2018 – Today, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the full list of recipients of $1.475 billion in fiscal year 2018 funding for 91 individual grants under the Department’s BUILD surface transportation grant program (formerly known as TIGER grants).

FY18 BUILD Grant Announcements Trickling Out; Full List Dec. 11

December 7, 2018 – Members of Congress began announcing the locations of almost $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2018 BUILD surface transportation grants (formerly known as TIGER grants) from the U.S. Department of Transportation yesterday. This is three times the size of the FY 2017 grant program, the increase being made possible by the February 20178 bipartisan budget deal.

FTA, Mass Transit, New Starts, Transit
FTA Allocates Funding to L.A., Tempe, Minneapolis Transit Projects

November 30, 2018 – This week, the Federal Transit Administration announced that they are formally allocating fiscal 2018 appropriations for the Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program for four new mass transit projects: the third section of the mammoth Los Angeles Westside Purple Line extension, plus smaller projects in Tempe, Arizona (a new streetcar system), Minneapolis, Minnesota (a new bus rapid transit system), and capacity upgrades in the Dallas, Texas DART rail system.

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