Media Mentions

Media Mentions

Inside Higher Ed |
September 28,2022 | Buses,Public transit,Workforce

A Long Wait for the Next Bus

“A lot of these [transit] agencies can’t provide the service that they want to provide,” Plotch said. “During the pandemic it wasn’t as much of an issue, because ridership was down, but as we’re coming out the pandemic, it is.” Share
The Washington Times |
September 14,2022 | Highways,Infrastructure,Project Delivery,Public/Private Partnerships

Innovative ‘Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project’ in Northern Virginia to Open on Time this Year

As Jeff Davis, a Senior Fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, recently noted: “If sustained highway cost inflation averages any higher than 7% per year, then inflation will have eaten the entire IIJA spending increase.” Share
Freight Waves |
September 14,2022 | Freight,Freight rail,Workforce

What Happens If Congress Blocks the Railroad Strike?

Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said Congress could still pass a bill extending the cooling-off period. “Doing so would more likely come from the Democrats, because they don’t want to be seen as anti-union but also don’t want this to have a national supply chain breakdown right before the midterm […]
The Washington Post |
August 23,2022 | Federal Funding,Infrastructure

Assessing Ron Klain’s Viral Claim about Biden’s Achievements

Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, said the Eisenhower project was a “phenomenal amount of money for the time,” the equivalent to 5.59 percent of the GDP — about $1.3 trillion of guaranteed budget authority today. Share
The Day |
July 30,2022 | Buses,Public transit

With Buses Fare-Free, SEAT Ridership Rises

Philip Plotch, principal researcher at the Eno Center for Transportation, said public transit has benefits not only to the bus rider, but also the general public, which is the reason why governments subsidize buses and trains. Share
The Waterways Journal |
July 20,2022 | Infrastructure,Maritime,Ports

Waterborne Competitiveness Study Analyzes Global River Systems

Funding of the U.S. inland waterways system has gotten “a lot better over the past decade or two,” Lewis said. “The U.S. system is trending in the right direction, and so it’s a matter of making sure we continue that trajectory,” he said. Share
The American Prospect |
July 14,2022 | Buses,Commuter Rail,Public transit

Opting Out of Mass Transit?

In his analysis of the impact of remote work on transit, Phil Plotch, the Eno Center for Transportation’s principal researcher, argues that ridership may not return to pre-pandemic levels for at least another decade and observes that “perceptions about public safety are a serious challenge to increasing ridership.” Share
Marketplace |
July 13,2022 | Buses,Commuter Rail,Public transit

Public Transit Ridership is Slow to Return, Despite High Gas Prices

But that aid is finite, said Robert Puentes, who runs the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, and agencies need to get creative to prove their value before it runs out. He said there’s “an awful lot” transit agencies can do to recapture riders and replace lost commuters. Share
FreightWaves |
June 24,2022 | Federal Funding,Infrastructure

Inflation Means Biden’s Infrastructure Package Gets Less Bang for the Buck

That means if states have several infrastructure projects lined up on which they want to begin construction at the same time, they may have to delay them, Davis told FreightWaves, adding that inflation could change both the number and timing of projects. “So while the states may know how much money they are receiving for […]
The Bond Buyer |
June 23,2022 | Federal Funding,Federal Governance,Infrastructure

Inflation Poses biggest threat to IIJA rollout: U.S. DOT official

“Externally our biggest headwind is the current economic environment,” said Katie Thomson, director of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Implementation at the U.S. Department of Transportation, speaking Wednesday during a webinar on the six-month anniversary of the IIJA hosted by the Eno Center on Transportation. Share
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