White House Infrastructure Plan Met With Skepticism; Trump Tells Lawmakers He Will Accept Gas Tax Increase

ISSUE / Week of February 12, 2018

  • February 15,2018

    White House Infrastructure Plan Met With Skepticism; Trump Tells Lawmakers He Will Accept Gas Tax Increase

    Amtrak,Bridges
    February 15, 2018 President Trump submitted his long-awaited infrastructure initiative to Congress on Monday. In a formal message to Congress, Trump wrote: For too long, lawmakers have invested...
  • February 15,2018

    President Submits $77.3 Billion Budget for USDOT for FY19

    Amtrak,Appropriations
    February 15, 2018 On February 12, President Trump proposed a federal budget for fiscal year 2019 that would give the U.S. Department of Transportation $77.3 billion in gross new budgetary...
Senate Confirms FRA, FMCSA and GovAff Nominees; White House Picks Drake for FTA Administrator
Aviation,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Public transit,Rail,Railroads,Traffic Safety,Trucking

Senate Confirms FRA, FMCSA and GovAff Nominees; White House Picks Drake for FTA Administrator

February 14, 2018 The Senate broke a six-month logjam last night and confirmed, by voice vote, Ronald Batory to be Federal Railroad Administrator and Adam Sullivan to be Assistant Secretary of...

House Panel Examines NHTSA’s Automated Vehicle Initiatives
Automated Vehicles,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,TNCs

House Panel Examines NHTSA’s Automated Vehicle Initiatives

February 15, 2018 A lot can happen in a year. Last Valentine’s Day, House Energy & Commerce’s Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection (DCCP) Subcommittee convened a hearing with...

How Will the New Budget Deal Affect FY18 Omnibus Appropriations?
Appropriations,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

How Will the New Budget Deal Affect FY18 Omnibus Appropriations?

February 15, 2018 With the ink now dry on the massive two-year budget deal signed into law by President Trump on February 9, the leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees are now...

USDOT Accelerates Work on Automated Vehicles 3.0
Automated Vehicles,Buses,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Traffic Safety,Trucking

USDOT Accelerates Work on Automated Vehicles 3.0

February 15, 2018 The U.S. Department of Transportation is moving forward with the next iteration of its federal policy document on automated vehicles (AVs), titled Automated Vehicles 3.0, with a...

PTC Implementation: It Could Be Worse. (In Europe, it Is.)
Amtrak,Commuter Rail,Freight rail,Positive Train Control,Rail,Rail Safety,Railroads

PTC Implementation: It Could Be Worse. (In Europe, it Is.)

February 14, 2018 Ten days ago, another fatal Amtrak accident occurred in South Carolina, and once again, the National Transportation Safety Board indicated that, if positive train control (PTC)...

Trump Infrastructure Plan Summary, Pt. 1 – Financing, Leverage, Program Efficiencies
Airports,Environment,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Local governance,Maritime,Ports,Public transit,Rail,State Governance

Trump Infrastructure Plan Summary, Pt. 1 – Financing, Leverage, Program Efficiencies

February 14, 2018 This article summarizes the financing, leverage, and program efficiency elements of the President's 53-page infrastructure plan released this week. For a summary of the aspects...

Trump Infrastructure Plan Summary, Pt. 2 – Project Delivery and Workforce Development
Environment,Federal Governance,Governance,Project Delivery,Workforce development

Trump Infrastructure Plan Summary, Pt. 2 – Project Delivery and Workforce Development

February 15, 2018 [This is part two of our summary of President Trump's infrastructure initiative - part one, involving funding, leverage, and reforms to existing programs, is here.] Project...

FY19 Budget Request: The Big Picture
Appropriations,Environment,Federal Budget,Federal Funding

FY19 Budget Request: The Big Picture

February 14, 2018 President Trump on February 12 submitted a budget request that called for $4.4 trillion in federal spending in 2019, offset by $3.4 trillion in tax and other receipts, leaving a...

FY19 Budget Request: Highway Trust Fund Promises Kept This Year, but No Plan for the Future
FASTLANE,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund,Highways,Interstate Highway System,Public transit,Trucking

FY19 Budget Request: Highway Trust Fund Promises Kept This Year, but No Plan for the Future

February 14, 2018 The fiscal 2019 budget request from the Trump Administration scrupulously fulfills all of the promises made by the FAST Act for Highway Trust Fund financial resources for the...

FY19 Budget Request: Mass Transit Again Faces “New Start” Cuts
Appropriations,Bridges,Buses,FASTLANE,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Highway Trust Fund,Public transit,Rail,Railroads

FY19 Budget Request: Mass Transit Again Faces “New Start” Cuts

February 14, 2018 This week, the White House once again proposed a budget that would eliminate the Federal Transit Administration's Capital Investment Grants program that funds new subway and...

FY19 Budget Request: FAA Funding Levels Slightly Decreased, EAS Changes Sought
Air Traffic Control,Airports,Appropriations,Aviation,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

FY19 Budget Request: FAA Funding Levels Slightly Decreased, EAS Changes Sought

February 15, 2018 The federal budget for fiscal 2019 released this week proposes $16.1 billion in funding in 2019 for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The budget, in its “out-years,”...

FY19 Budget Request: Rail Programs Face Significant Cuts
Amtrak,FASTLANE,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Rail,Railroads

FY19 Budget Request: Rail Programs Face Significant Cuts

February 15, 2018 The President's 2019 budget proposes significant cuts in the programs of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), cutting pass-through grants to Amtrak in half versus the last...

FY19 Budget Request: Water Infrastructure Programs
Appropriations,Environment,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Maritime,Ports

FY19 Budget Request: Water Infrastructure Programs

February 15, 2018 Last year, President Trump's first budget request was notable for what it didn't cut. He proposed a budget for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' water resources program that was...

FY19 Budget Request: TSA, Coast Guard, Transportation Security Grants
Aviation Safety,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Homeland security

FY19 Budget Request: TSA, Coast Guard, Transportation Security Grants

February 14, 2018 The fiscal 2019 budget request released by the Trump Administration this week does not propose any significant reductions in funding for the Transportation Security...

FY19 Budget Request: Transportation Taxes and User Fees
Airports,Appropriations,Aviation Safety,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,Ports,Rail Safety

FY19 Budget Request: Transportation Taxes and User Fees

February 14, 2018 The federal budget isn't just about spending. President Trump's fiscal 2019 budget has also proposed several significant changes in transportation-related taxes and user...

3 Ways that Cities Can Prepare for Automated Vehicles Today
Automated Vehicles,Governance,Local governance

3 Ways that Cities Can Prepare for Automated Vehicles Today

February 14, 2018 Much of the attention to automated vehicle (AV) policies has often focused on the federal and state levels. But as companies begin to conduct more pilots of their AV technology...

Who’s Responsible for Pedestrian Access to Mass Transit?
Accessibility,ADA,Bicycle,Buses,Pedestrian,Public transit,Rail,TNCs

Who’s Responsible for Pedestrian Access to Mass Transit?

February 12, 2018 There is a mismatch between the ADA compliance of transit agencies of their vehicles and physical stations, and the non-compliance of the pedestrian infrastructure surrounding...

Eno Announces 2018 Leadership Award Winners 

Eno Announces 2018 Leadership Award Winners 

On May 24, 2018, Eno will hold its 26th annual Leadership Dinner in Washington DC. The dinner is the culmination of Eno’s Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC). The conference gives 20 of...

Updated Transportation Legislation and Nominations Status – February 15, 2018
Federal Governance,Governance

Updated Transportation Legislation and Nominations Status – February 15, 2018

February 15, 2018 An updated status of major transportation and infrastructure bills in Congress (no recent updates, alas) is here. Here is the updated nominations calendar. STATUS OF...

Capitol Hill Events – Weeks of February 19 and February 26, 2018
Aviation Safety,Environment,Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,Positive Train Control,Rail,Railroads

Capitol Hill Events – Weeks of February 19 and February 26, 2018

The House and Senate are taking the week of February 19 off for the President's Day District Work Period, so no hearings are scheduled. Here is what is happening the following week: Tuesday,...

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