House Passes Final FAA Bill; 7-Day Extension Pending in the Senate

ISSUE / Week of September 24, 2018

  • September 28,2018

    House Passes Final FAA Bill; 7-Day Extension Pending in the Senate

    Airports,Aviation
    September 28, 2018 The House of Representatives has passed the final compromise five-year, $96.7 billion aviation reauthorization bill by a landslide vote of 398 to 23. However, the pending...
  • September 28,2018

    CR to December 7 Awaits Signature; Negotiations Fail on 4-Bill “Minibus”

    Appropriations,Federal Funding
    September 28, 2018 Congress has cleared a nine-week continuing resolution to fund parts of the federal government from October 1 through December 7, and President Trump must sign it by midnight...
Guest Op-Ed: Purpose Driven Employment Part II – Retaining the Transit Workforce of Tomorrow
Transit Workforce,Workforce development

Guest Op-Ed: Purpose Driven Employment Part II – Retaining the Transit Workforce of Tomorrow

September 24, 2018 This is part II of an article about Recruiting and Retaining the Transit Workforce of Tomorrow. You can find part I here. We are in a new world where, for the first time in...

Eno Releases Study of Chinese Railcar Issue
Appropriations,Commuter Rail,Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,Rail,Rail Safety

Eno Releases Study of Chinese Railcar Issue

September 28, 2018 The Eno Center for Transportation on September 26 released a new study, The Implications of the Federal Ban on Chinese Railcars. Similar amendments to the FY 2019...

Coast Guard Updates Congress on Modernization, Recapitalization Efforts
Federal Governance,Governance,Homeland security,Maritime,Ports

Coast Guard Updates Congress on Modernization, Recapitalization Efforts

September 27, 2018 Admiral Karl L. Schultz, 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, updated the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Wednesday on the Coast Guard’s...

$366 Million in FY18 Bus Grants Announced
Buses,FASTLANE,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Highway Trust Fund,Public transit

$366 Million in FY18 Bus Grants Announced

September 27, 2018 The Federal Transit Administration on September 25 announced the winning applicants for $366 million in federal grants for the competitive portion of the bus and bus facility...

Senate Passes Bill Mandating States Conduct Risk-Based Transit Safety Inspection
Federal Governance,Governance,Public transit,Rail,Rail Safety

Senate Passes Bill Mandating States Conduct Risk-Based Transit Safety Inspection

September 28, 2018 On September 25, the Senate passed a bill setting standards for state mass transit safety oversight agencies (SSOAs) to use when investigating local transit agencies. The bill...

DOT Seeks to Designate Two New University Transportation Centers
FASTLANE,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Transit Technology,Workforce development

DOT Seeks to Designate Two New University Transportation Centers

September 27, 2018 On September 21, the USDOT announced the availability of new grants for two additional University Transportation Centers (UTCs). UTCs conduct research, provide education and...

Carving a Path Forward on Connected Vehicles
Automated Vehicles,Connected Vehicles,Traffic Safety,Transit Technology

Carving a Path Forward on Connected Vehicles

September 26, 2018 On Tuesday evening, CarTalkDC and OmniAir Consortium hosted a V2X and spectrum allocation roundtable bringing together transportation and short-range communications experts....

Summary of Final Compromise FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
Aircraft,Airlines,Airports,Appropriations,Aviation,Aviation Safety,Aviation Workforce,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Unmanned Aerial Systems

Summary of Final Compromise FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

The following is an overview of the final compromise FAA reauthorization bill released in the wee hours of September 22, broken down into five areas: funding authorizations, airline customer...

Summary of Final Compromise TSA Modernization Act
Airports,Appropriations,Aviation,Aviation Safety,Cybersecurity,Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Governance,Public transit

Summary of Final Compromise TSA Modernization Act

September 26, 2018 The "FAA bill" released in the early morning of September 22 didn't just contain the FAA Authorization Act of 2018 – that was only Division B of the final package. The package...

Summary of Maritime Security Provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018
Aviation,Homeland security,Maritime,National Security,Ports

Summary of Maritime Security Provisions in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

September 26, 2018 The package of bills released on September 22 that includes the FAA Authorization Act of 2018 also includes a division on maritime security, Division J. This division provides...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of October 2, 2018
Federal Governance,Governance,Positive Train Control,Rail,Rail Safety,Railroads

Capitol Hill Events – Week of October 2, 2018

Wednesday, October 3 – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation – full committee hearing on positive train control implementation status (witness list here) – 10:00 a.m., SR-253...

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