Partial Government Shutdown Inevitable As FY19 Funding Negotiations Continue

ISSUE / Week of December 17, 2018

  • December 21,2018

    Partial Government Shutdown Inevitable As FY19 Funding Negotiations Continue

    Appropriations,Federal Funding
    Friday, December 21, 2018 - 9:30 p.m. The House and Senate have adjourned for the evening, and can't return until at least noon tomorrow, which will be twelve hours after large portions of the...
  • December 21,2018

    Shutdown Would Furlough 38 Percent of USDOT Employees

    Appropriations,Federal Funding
    December 21, 2018 The partial shutdown of the federal government that will take effect at midnight tonight would furlough 38 percent of U.S. Department of Transportation employees and force...
Emergency Appropriations Package Includes $2.7B for Transportation and Infrastructure
Appropriations,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

Emergency Appropriations Package Includes $2.7B for Transportation and Infrastructure

December 21, 2018 2018 has seen hurricanes, typhoons, massive wildfires, and a volcanic eruption affect communities in the United States. A package of emergency supplemental appropriations to...

FMCSA Issues Order Preempting California State Law on Trucker Meal/Rest Breaks
FASTLANE,Federal Governance,Governance,State Governance,Traffic Safety,Trucking

FMCSA Issues Order Preempting California State Law on Trucker Meal/Rest Breaks

December 21, 2018 At 5:15 p.m. today – the Friday before Christmas – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it has determined that California's state laws requiring...

With AV START Dead for 2018, Supporters Look to Next Congress
Automated Vehicles,Federal Governance,Governance

With AV START Dead for 2018, Supporters Look to Next Congress

December 21, 2018 Legislators and advocates for federal automated vehicle legislation conceded this week that the clock had run out on the AV START Act but expressed optimism for the bill’s...

Tax Package Passes House but Looks Dead in Senate
Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Fuel tax,Governance,Rail,Railroads

Tax Package Passes House but Looks Dead in Senate

December 21, 2018 A $99.2 billion package of year-end tax reductions passed the House of Representatives last night by a party-line roll call vote of 220 to 183. But the legislation (text here)...

DOT Requests Applications for FY19 INFRA Grants
FASTLANE,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Freight,Governance,Highways

DOT Requests Applications for FY19 INFRA Grants

December 21, 2018 The Department of Transportation today solicited applications for fiscal year 2019 grants under what is now called the INFRA surface transportation grant program created by the...

USDOT Makes $60 Million Available for Automated Driving System Demonstration Projects
Appropriations,Automated Vehicles,Federal Funding

USDOT Makes $60 Million Available for Automated Driving System Demonstration Projects

December 21, 2018 USDOT announced late Friday it will make up to $60 million in federal grant funding, provided in the fiscal 2018 omnibus appropriations act, available for demonstration projects...

2018 BUILD Grants Maintain Proportion of Projects With Active Transportation Elements
Bicycle,Bridges,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund,Highways,Pedestrian,Streets

2018 BUILD Grants Maintain Proportion of Projects With Active Transportation Elements

December 20, 2018 Last week USDOT announced $1.5 billion in BUILD surface transportation project funding, including many projects with active transportation and traffic calming elements. DOT does...

New Rule Allows States to Issue One-Year Commercial Learner’s Permits
Federal Governance,Governance,State Governance,Trucking

New Rule Allows States to Issue One-Year Commercial Learner’s Permits

December 21, 2018 The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published a new rule to allow State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs) to issue a commercial learner’s permit (CLP)...

NHTSA Announces Streamlined Process for Reviewing Motor Vehicle Safety Exemptions
Automated Vehicles,Connected Vehicles,Federal Governance,Governance,Traffic Safety

NHTSA Announces Streamlined Process for Reviewing Motor Vehicle Safety Exemptions

December 20, 2018 NHTSA issued a final rule Tuesday to streamline the process for considering automakers’ petitions for exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSS) and federal...

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