House Panel Unanimously Approves Autonomous Vehicle Bill

ISSUE / Week of July 17, 2017

  • July 20,2017

    House Panel Unanimously Approves Autonomous Vehicle Bill

    Automated Vehicles,Cybersecurity
    July 20, 2017 Maybe – just maybe – there’s a glimmer of hope for bipartisan action in Congress this year. On July 19, the Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee (DCCP) of...
  • July 20,2017

    FAA Bill Stalled in House

    Air Traffic Control,Aviation
    July 20, 2017 Legislation reauthorizing federal aviation programs and splitting up the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has stalled on the way to the House floor, as party leaders try to nail...
Guest Op-Ed: Data is the Problem and the Solution for Smart Cities
Data,Electric Vehicles,Land use,Traffic Safety

Guest Op-Ed: Data is the Problem and the Solution for Smart Cities

A textual analysis of Smart City grant applications highlights data challenges for decision makers. Throughout the year, there are many events focused on discussing different aspects of the...

Senate Gives Transpo-HUD Bill $3.5B More than House Does
Appropriations,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance

Senate Gives Transpo-HUD Bill $3.5B More than House Does

July 20, 2017 The Senate Appropriations Committee on July 20 adopted a plan of spending allocations for each of its twelve subcommittees for fiscal year 2018. The plan gives the Transportation-HUD...

House Appropriations OK’s FY18 Transportation-HUD Funding
Air Traffic Control,Appropriations,Aviation,Aviation Safety,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Public transit,Public/Private Partnerships

House Appropriations OK’s FY18 Transportation-HUD Funding

July 18, 2017 (July 20 note: this article has been updated with more detailed analysis of aviation, mass transit, and autonomous vehicle provisions of the committee report.) On July 17, the...

Sec. Chao Defends Budget Before Senate Appropriators
Appropriations,Automated Vehicles,Aviation,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Fuel tax,Governance,Maritime

Sec. Chao Defends Budget Before Senate Appropriators

July 20, 2017 Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao appeared before the Senate Appropriations Committee on July 13 to defend the Administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request for USDOT. At the...

Amtrak Releases Full 5-Year Business Plan
Amtrak,Appropriations,Federal Funding,Rail,Railroads

Amtrak Releases Full 5-Year Business Plan

July 20, 2017 Amtrak submitted its fiscal 2018 budget request to Congress on May 31, but did not get around to publishing its full financial plan to accompany the budget request until late last...

House Moves FY18 Budget Blueprint Through Committee
Air Traffic Control,Appropriations,Federal Budget,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund

House Moves FY18 Budget Blueprint Through Committee

July 19, 2017 The House Budget Committee on July 19 approved its long-awaited (and long overdue) budget blueprint for fiscal year 2018 and the ten-year 2018-2027 period by a party-line vote of 22...

House Panel Approves FY18 TSA, Coast Guard Funding
Appropriations,Aviation Safety,Homeland security,National Security,Ports,Public transit,Rail,Rail Safety,Railroads

House Panel Approves FY18 TSA, Coast Guard Funding

July 20, 2017 The House Appropriations Committee on July 18 approved a draft bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2018. Unlike many non-defense programs, DHS was...

House to Consider $789B “Security Minibus” Spending Bill
Appropriations,Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,National Security

House to Consider $789B “Security Minibus” Spending Bill

July 19, 2017 After trying (and failing) to convince at least 218 of their members to support a $1.228 trillion omnibus appropriations bill, House Republican leaders have now moved to let the...

Clarity for the Automated Vehicle Ethics Debate
Automated Vehicles,Traffic Safety

Clarity for the Automated Vehicle Ethics Debate

Split second decisions made behind the wheel of a car can, in rare cases, result in the injury or death of passengers or bystanders. Up until now, humans faced those decisions. But as automated...

Human Factors Still Paramount in Roadway Safety: House Hearing
FASTLANE,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Streets,Traffic Safety

Human Factors Still Paramount in Roadway Safety: House Hearing

July 20, 2017 The House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing on July 18 to discuss the advancement of safety policy provisions in the Fixing American’s Surface Transportation...

House Appropriators Fuel FHWA Font Fight
Appropriations,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highways,Traffic Safety

House Appropriators Fuel FHWA Font Fight

July 20, 2017 If nothing else, 2017 is a blockbuster year for transportation policy – that is, assuming you like to watch low budget reboots of old thrillers in slow motion. This summer,...

Senate Commerce Previewing AV Bills
Automated Vehicles,Federal Governance,Governance

Senate Commerce Previewing AV Bills

July 18, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. The Senate Commerce Committee staff has allowed some stakeholders to confidentially view drafts of its legislative package for AVs. Sources familiar with the drafts have...

House Panel Provides $2B for EPA Water Infrastructure Grants
Appropriations,Environment,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund,Maritime,Ports

House Panel Provides $2B for EPA Water Infrastructure Grants

July 19, 2017 The House Appropriations Committee approved an Interior-Environment appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018 on July 18 which includes over $2 billion for water infrastructure grants...

House Passes Resolutions Approving WMATA Interstate Compacts
Federal Governance,Governance,Local governance,Public transit

House Passes Resolutions Approving WMATA Interstate Compacts

July 20, 2017 The House of Representatives on July 17 passed two pieces of legislation dealing with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): J. Res. 76, approving a new...

Rural Infrastructure Needs Examined by House Committee
Bridges,Federal Governance,Fuel tax,Governance,Ports,Streets

Rural Infrastructure Needs Examined by House Committee

July 20, 2017 The House Committee on Agriculture held a hearing on July 19 on the state of infrastructure in rural America. The witnesses were: Tom Halverson on behalf of Farm Credit...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 24, 2017
Airports,Appropriations,Automated Vehicles,Aviation,Aviation Safety,Federal Governance,Freight,Governance,Homeland security,Maritime

Capitol Hill Events – Week of July 24, 2017

Tuesday, July 25 – House Transportation and infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation – subcommittee hearing on Coast Guard sea, air and land capabilities...

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