Eno Transportation Weekly

Articles by Robert Puentes
Fixing, Upgrading, and Modernizing Infrastructure

May 17, 2019 – An important part of the narrative around Washington’s $2 trillion infrastructure push focuses on maintaining and modernizing what we’ve already got. Which is why the opening session to kickoff Infrastructure Week 2019 focused on ways to enable infrastructure to serve us longer, to be more easily repaired, and adapt to new forces and trends.

congestion pricing, Federal governance, Governance, Highways, Streets, Tolls
Pricing Strategies to De-Congest Cities

March 8, 2019 – In the country’s two biggest metropolitan areas, political leaders took big steps toward full-scale congestion pricing strategies last week.

Air traffic control, Aviation, Aviation safety/security, Aviation workforce, Federal funding, Federal governance, Governance
The Shutdown’s Effect on Air Traffic Control — and How to End it

January 23, 2019 – The all-too-regular budgetary shenanigans highlight once again that the nation’s aviation system should not be subject to the whims and uncertainties of political battles. It’s time for reform.

Ballot measure, Governance
Major Transportation Funding Proposals on Next Week’s Ballot

November 2, 2018 – There are at least 291 transportation measures on the ballot this November to go along with the 196 that have already appeared before voters earlier this year. Eno is tracking these measures and has released a comprehensive listing of the 2018 transportation ballot measures.

Airlines, Airports, Aviation, Aviation safety/security, Federal governance, Governance, space, Unmanned aerial systems
Op-Ed: Eno’s Certification Recommendations in Final FAA Bill

October 3, 2018 – The FAA reauthorization directly addresses the agency’s critical role in certification in order to ensure public confidence in the safety of the system for business and leisure travel. With the industry changing rapidly as new technologies come online, the federal certification process needs to be more flexible and agile.

congestion pricing, Public transit, Rail, Streets
Charging for Congestion in New York

In major metropolitan areas like New York, transportation challenges dominate headlines and for good reason. The data firm Inrix recently named New York the third worst-congested city in the world, ahead of Sao Paulo, Bangkok, and Jakarta. At the same time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a “state of emergency” for the city’s transit system. As it was in London, now is the time for bold action.

In Memoriam: Hank Dittmar

April 13, 2018 – Hank Dittmar—a transportation pioneer well known to most of us—died on April 3, 2018 at age 62 after a long battle with cancer.

A Letter from the President & CEO: Happy Holidays from Eno!

Amelia Earhart, one of the most famous Americans in transportation, once said: “The more one does….the more one is able to do.” That’s the philosophy that governed 2017 at the Eno Center for Transportation as we launched several new initiatives, doubled down on others, and sharpened our focus to maximize our impact.

accessibility, Automated vehicles, emissions, Environment, equity
Scenario Planning for Automated Vehicles

In region after region, a growing chorus of leaders are calling for their city and metropolitan area to plan for a future of automated vehicles (AVs). Often these calls fall along a binary argument between what analysts call the “heaven’ and ‘hell’ scenarios (or ‘utopia’ or ‘dystopia’ visions) for AVs.

Air traffic control, Airlines, Aviation, Aviation workforce, Federal governance, Governance, Governance reform
Op-Ed: Why Does Labor Support Corporatizing Air Traffic Control?

Why are many organized aviation labor unions, including the air traffic controllers, the flight attendants, and several airline pilots’ unions, supporting the corporatization of air traffic control outside the structure of the FAA?

Airlines, Aviation
Point/Counterpoint: Open Skies

August 9, 2017 – The Open Skies relationship between the United States and two Middle Eastern countries – Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – is particularly contentious right now. This week, we have two unique perspectives on this highly-charged debate: from Eno Board of Directors chairman Jim Burnley and from Eno Policy Analyst Rui Neiva.

Air traffic control, Aviation, Federal governance, Governance
Editorial: Independent Air Traffic Control is Good Public Policy

While many many are already calling the Administration’s budget proposal “dead in the water” one item should not be dismissed: spinning off the nation’s air traffic control (ATC) system to an independent, nonprofit entity. Doing so would remove roughly $11 to $12 billion per year from the federal budget, and over 35,000 federal employees could be off the federal payroll.

Air traffic control, Airports, Aviation, Aviation safety/security, Aviation workforce, Cybersecurity
Op-Ed: The U.S. Aviation Industry Needs a Makeover

While the U.S. had long been considered the gold standard in aviation technology and safety, the nation has begun to lose its edge and is falling behind its peers while the rest of the world surpasses it in innovation.

Highways, Pedestrian safety, Streets, Traffic safety
Chasing Zero: The Road to Safe Streets and Zero Traffic Fatalities

Fortunately, the push for safer roads is getting stronger. Inspired by European cities, the Vision Zero movement is an all hands on deck approach to transportation safety focused on improvements to streets and sidewalks, lights and lanes, as well as education and enforcement.

accessibility, Automated vehicles, Commuter Rail, Freight, Governance, Highways, Interstate Highway System, Local governance, Parking, Rail, Shared vehicles, TNCs, Tolls, Transit technology
Rethinking the Swamp: Capital Convergence 2017

Washington, DC’s image has taken a hit, but the region is doing as much—if not more—than any other region in the country when it comes to innovative transportation technologies, practices, and policies.

Workforce development
On the Road with Eno

America’s transportation system is large and complex. An amazing array of actors are responsible for moving people and goods around the world, from coast-to-coast, or within a region.

Ballot measure, Buses, Commuter Rail, Governance, Local governance, Public transit, Rail
Detroit Desperately Needs to Vote to Build a Rail and Bus Transit System

Arguably the most important transportation measure to go before voters is in metropolitan Detroit. Residents there will decide on an ambitious $4.6 billion plan to build out a rail and bus transit system for the largest American region without one.

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