Is the Mass Transit “New Starts” Program Fundamentally Flawed – and Can Congress Fix It Without Earmarks?

ISSUE / Weeks of July 31 and August 7, 2017

  • August 09,2017 |

    Is the Mass Transit “New Starts” Program Fundamentally Flawed – and Can Congress Fix It Without Earmarks?

    Appropriations,Federal Budget
    August 9, 2017 The Trump Administration picked a big fight with Congress early on in the transportation budget. In its budget overview on March 13, the White House indicated its budget would limit...
  • August 08,2017 |

    Point/Counterpoint: Open Skies

    Airlines,Aviation
    August 9, 2017 International air travel in and out of the United States more than doubled since 1990. Coinciding with that growth, the United States negotiated over 100 agreements with other...
Ensure Fair and Free Competition Under All of Our Open Skies Agreements
Airlines,Aviation

Ensure Fair and Free Competition Under All of Our Open Skies Agreements

August 9, 2017 Fair and free trade is a cornerstone of our great country and essential to ensuring American economic strength and growth. When I served as President Reagan’s Secretary of...

Open Skies, Subsidies, and the Need for Transparency
Airlines,Aviation

Open Skies, Subsidies, and the Need for Transparency

August 9, 2017 Open Skies agreements are treaties between two countries to allow unlimited air service between them. Since the United States' first accord was signed with the Netherlands in 1992...

USDOT Announces $79M Tranche of FY17 FASTLANE Grants
Bridges,FASTLANE,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Freight,Freight rail,Governance,Highways,Rail

USDOT Announces $79M Tranche of FY17 FASTLANE Grants

August 9, 2017 The U.S. Department of Transportation on August 2 notified Congress that Secretary Chao has selected ten projects to receive a total of $79 million grants in the first tranche of...

Why Isn’t the Transportation Sector More Engaged in Student Transportation?
Buses,Environment,Pedestrian safety,Public transit,Traffic Safety

Why Isn’t the Transportation Sector More Engaged in Student Transportation?

The largest mass transit system in the country isn’t commercial bus, train, or air service — or even all those systems combined. The largest mass transit system includes 500,000 vehicles and...

Transit in Crisis: Who Should Pay for Upgrades – Riders, or Taxpayers?
Governance,Local governance,Public transit,Rail

Transit in Crisis: Who Should Pay for Upgrades – Riders, or Taxpayers?

August 9, 2017 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio have spent the past three years of playing the blame game on who should fund essential upgrades to the New York City subway...

CBO Issues Updated, but Still-Incomplete, Score of House FAA Bill
Air Traffic Control,Appropriations,Aviation,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

CBO Issues Updated, but Still-Incomplete, Score of House FAA Bill

August 16, 2017 The Congressional Budget Office has issued an updated, but still incomplete, score of the budgetary impact of the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill approved by...

Transportation Measures Defeated in Yesterday’s Balloting
Ballot Measures,Governance,Local governance

Transportation Measures Defeated in Yesterday’s Balloting

August 9, 2017 While federal lawmakers in Washington continue to struggle to find new ways to invest in infrastructure, states and localities are going to their voters for help. In November 2016,...

FTA Announces Proposed Rule for Private Investment in Transit
Federal Governance,Governance,Public transit,Public/Private Partnerships

FTA Announces Proposed Rule for Private Investment in Transit

August 9, 2017 The Trump Administration’s mission to “unleash” private investment in transportation projects continued last week when the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a...

History of Mass Transit Discretionary Grants and How They Have Been Funded
Appropriations,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund,Public transit

History of Mass Transit Discretionary Grants and How They Have Been Funded

August 9, 2017 An organized federal role in mass transit began in 1964 with the Urban Mass Transit Act (P.L. 88-365). Section 3 of that Act authorized the Housing and Home Finance Administrator...

Interview with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel
Bicycle,Dockless,Local governance,Public transit,TNCs,Transit Technology

Interview with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel

ETW recently spoke with Nat Parker, CEO of moovel, a Daimler-owned company that is works with city agencies to expand residents’ mobility options by seamlessly connecting them with public transit,...

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