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Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Paul Lewis
Automated vehicles
Evolving Policy Thought on Automated Vehicles

April 5, 2019 – This week, Eno released Beyond Speculation 2.0, an automated vehicle (AV) policy plan for federal, state, and local policymakers. An update to a paper released in 2017, this report covers the current state of affairs for AVs and provides some new and revised recommendations for the industry and elected officials.

Federal governance, Governance, Local governance, State governance, Transit technology, Transit workforce
Reform or Revolution? Preparing Transportation’s institutions for the Future

February 22, 2019 – Eno and the Reason Foundation recently gathered 24 leading academics, current and former agency heads, and other experts for a two-day workshop on institutional reform. The goal was to understand the current governance challenges and ways in which the transportation industry may consider ways to rethink it.

Aviation, Federal governance, Governance, Unmanned aerial systems
USDOT Cautiously Proposes Relaxing Rules for Drones

January 18, 2019 – In a speech at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington, Transportation Sec. Elaine Chao announced a proposed rule that would allow for small drone operators to fly over crowds and at night.

Automated vehicles, Aviation, data, electric vehicles, emissions, Environment, Microtransit, TNCs, Transit technology, Unmanned aerial systems
Op-Ed: Four Transportation Policy Predictions for 2019

January 3, 2018 – Eno’s Paul Lewis provides four predictions for transportation policy in the year ahead, from new federal policy on congested airspace to reckoning with the industry’s impact on climate change.

Bridges, Environment, Freight, Highways, Interstate Highway System, Streets, Traffic safety
Op-Ed: The Future of the Interstate Highway System

December 14, 2018 – TRB’s new report on the future of the Interstate Highway System falls short of the bold vision needed to solve the system’s intractable problems.

accessibility, Buses, Commuter Rail, Dockless, Microtransit, Public transit, Rail, Railroads, TNCs, Transit technology
Op-Ed: Addressing the Current and Future Challenges of Public Transit

October 25, 2018 – Public transportation will remain an essential part of our economies and transportation system, but it must leverage its strengths and evolve to meet today’s challenges.

Ballot measure, Fuel tax, Governance, Local governance, Regional governance, State governance
Unboxing Transportation Lockboxes at the Ballot Box

September 4, 2018 – As Eno continues its examination of transportation at the ballot boxduring the 2018 midterm elections, we find that measures to raise revenue are not the only ones attracting attention this year. Lockbox amendments—that dedicate certain revenues to transportation uses—are once again on the ballot.

Public transit, Rail, Railroads
Eno Releases New Recommendations for Improving the Nation’s Rail Transit Infrastructure

May 17, 2018 – On Monday, Eno released a new report, Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition, which outlines the reforms needed to bring our rail systems into a state of good repair. The report’s recommendations include five steps that agencies and governments can take to reform and modernize how the industry approaches maintaining rail systems.

Automated vehicles, electric vehicles, emissions, Environment, Traffic safety
The Tesla Distraction, and How to Overcome It

April 27, 2018 — I hope that Tesla, the car company, is ultimately successful. But for transportation policymakers, the bursting of the Tesla hype bubble is an opportunity to refocus on the real, challenging tasks at hand.

Highways, Interstate Highway System, Managed lanes, Tolls, Traffic safety, Trucking
I-66 Shows the Cost of Urban Roadway Access – And It Isn’t Cheap

December 8, 2017 – Virginia has always restricted peak hour use of I-66 inside the Beltway to vehicles with two or more occupants. That changed on December 4, when for the first time the state began allowing vehicles with only one occupant to use the roadway, subject to a toll that varies based on demand. High occupant vehicles (HOV) with two or more people could still drive for free.

Buses, Public transit, Rail
New Report Calls for Improving Transit Service with Contracted Operations

October 10, 2017 – A new report by Eno Center for Transportation and TransitCenter “A Bid for Better Transit: Improving Service with Contracted Operations” examines how and under what circumstances public transit agencies can contract bus or rail operations to private providers in order to boost service for riders while simultaneously preserving essential labor protections.

Buses, Governance, Highways, Managed lanes, Public transit, Public/private partnerships, State governance
Op-Ed: How to Make the Most of Maryland’s HOT Lane Proposal

A good HOT lane project has to be done carefully. And although ambitious, the proposal from Governor Hogan is light on details. Based on best practices from around the world, Maryland should include these features when developing its plan.

Automated vehicles, Traffic safety
Clarity for the Automated Vehicle Ethics Debate

A new report from Germany takes the issue of AV ethics head on and provides clear guidelines for tough ethical situations. It also provides recommendations for how governments and private industry should approach them.

Public transit, Transit technology
Op-Ed: The Future of Transportation Is Unremarkable

Futuristic transportation modes would undoubtedly change the nature of transportation, but widespread implementation is not realistic. Too much attention on ultramodern technology in transportation distracts us from the mundane but crucial improvements that must be made to the existing system. It also leapfrogs over incredible advances in automated vehicles, a revolutionary technology that still needs time and attention before widespread operation on public roadways.

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