Opinion: Defining “Infrastructure,” and Why That Matters

ISSUE / Week of May 3, 2021

  • May 07,2021 |

    Opinion: Defining “Infrastructure,” and Why That Matters

    Infrastructure
    The release of President Biden's $2.3 trillion "American Jobs Plan" on March 31 prompted an ad hoc debate on the very meaning of the word "infrastructure." As with most debates that take place on...
  • May 07,2021 |

    House Subcommittee Considers Implications of Transportation Decarbonization Legislation

    Electric Vehicles
    This week the House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy held a hearing, “The CLEAN Future Act: Driving Decarbonization of the Transportation Sector.” The hearing primarily...
Guest Op-Ed: The Current State of Public Policy for Autonomous Trucking
Automated Vehicles,Trucking,Trucking Workforce

Guest Op-Ed: The Current State of Public Policy for Autonomous Trucking

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has long advocated for the benefits autonomous vehicles can bring to the nation’s transportation system, namely safety, improved efficiency and their...

Op-Ed: The True Costs of Towing: Unemployment, Racial Inequity, and Homelessness

Op-Ed: The True Costs of Towing: Unemployment, Racial Inequity, and Homelessness

The Towing Problem Amid the pandemic, one-third of U.S. adults say they are having difficulty covering everyday costs such as food, rent, or car payments. Just 39 percent of Americans can afford a...

House Hearing Shows Partisan Divide on High-Speed Rail
High-Speed Rail

House Hearing Shows Partisan Divide on High-Speed Rail

A hearing before the House Railroads Subcommittee yesterday revealed sharp partisan division over high-speed rail in general and over two ongoing projects in particular. The hearing had an unusual...

Looking  Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997
Amtrak,Fuel tax,Highway Trust Fund

Looking Back – When Amtrak Almost Got its Own Trust Fund in 1997

The discussion in this week’s House high-speed rail hearing of a possible federal trust fund to support Amtrak capital expenditures prompted ETW to do some recollecting of how the “Amtrak trust...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of May 10, 2021

Capitol Hill Events – Week of May 10, 2021

Tuesday, May 11 – Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs – full committee hearing on pending nominations (including Nuria Fernandez to be FTA Administrator) – 10:00 a.m.,...

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