House Field Hearing Re-Assesses California’s High Speed Rail Project

ISSUE / Week of August 29, 2016

  • August 31,2016

    House Field Hearing Re-Assesses California’s High Speed Rail Project

    Federal Funding,Federal Governance
    August 31, 2016 House Railroad Subcommittee chairman Jeff Denham (R-CA) decided to break up his long summer recess by holding a field hearing of his subcommittee this week in San Francisco to get...
  • August 30,2016

    50 Years Ago Today: House of Representatives Debates, Amends, Passes Department of Transportation Act

    Federal Governance,Governance
    August 30, 2016 Fifty years ago today, the U.S. House of Representatives amended and passed landmark legislation creating a new Cabinet-level Department of Transportation. Eno’s Documentary...
Still Waiting for NHTSA to Take Control of Self-Driving Car Debate
Automated Vehicles,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Shared Vehicles,Streets,Traffic Safety

Still Waiting for NHTSA to Take Control of Self-Driving Car Debate

August 31, 2016 The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has punted the release of its long-awaited guidance for autonomous vehicles (AVs) to “ by the end of summer”...

Amtrak Secures $2.45B RRIF Loan for New Acela Trainsets
Amtrak,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Rail,Railroads

Amtrak Secures $2.45B RRIF Loan for New Acela Trainsets

August 31, 2016 Vice President Biden announced last week that the Federal Railroad Administration will loan Amtrak $2.45 billion to purchase 28 new trainsets for Northeast Corridor Acela service...

Guest Op-Ed: Railroads, Shippers Butting Heads on Tank Car Regs
Environment,Freight rail,Rail,Railroads

Guest Op-Ed: Railroads, Shippers Butting Heads on Tank Car Regs

Guest op-ed by Michael Kennedy, Kennedy Law and Policy. The friction between railroads and shippers continued on August 12, when a coalition of shipper organizations submitted a Petition to the...

White House Requests CR Allow New Amtrak Budgeting
Amtrak,Appropriations,FASTLANE,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Rail,Railroads

White House Requests CR Allow New Amtrak Budgeting

August 31, 2016 Every August, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) sends the House and Senate Appropriations Committees a list of appropriations “anomalies” that need to be...

House Budget Reform Paper Addresses HTF Solvency (Obliquely)
Appropriations,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund,Highways

House Budget Reform Paper Addresses HTF Solvency (Obliquely)

August 31, 2016 The Congressional budget process is so badly broken these days that the chairmen of the House and Senate Budget Committees have had to find things to do other than write budgets....

TRB Launches Future Interstate Study
FASTLANE,Highways,Interstate Highway System

TRB Launches Future Interstate Study

As the U.S. grapples with deteriorating infrastructure and increasingly congested metropolitan areas, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) has launched a study to provide Congress and the...

Sec. Foxx Aboard First Flight to Cuba in 55 Years
Airlines,Aviation

Sec. Foxx Aboard First Flight to Cuba in 55 Years

August 31, 2016 The first regularly scheduled commercial flight from the United States to Cuba in 55 years landed at the Abel Santamaria International Airport today. On Monday, Transportation...

Transportation Crossword Puzzle

Transportation Crossword Puzzle

August 31, 2016 This crossword puzzle is primarily based around federal transportation policy acronyms - acronyms for bills and laws, for programs and agencies, for companies, for measurements,...

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