“Maintenance is not an issue that comes easy. It requires a lot of money and political will to put something that is typically pretty boring,” said Paul Lewis, a policy expert at the Eno Center for Transportation. “It is not very exciting to replace 500 rail ties as it is to open up a new transit line.”
In a sunlit Crystal City penthouse, a few dozen transit wonks and software developers pondered a fundamental question: How can technology be used to improve our experience on the roads? The answers, derived amid a feast of pizza and soda, took various forms. Mostly, they involved sharing.
"These rail services are expensive, quite frankly," Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the 95-year-old Eno Center for Transportation, told me. "They're expensive to build, they're expensive to operate, and when you do them right, they can have enormously positive implications on regional economies. And if you do them wrong, they can be a big white elephant."
Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation James Burnley, who served during the last years of the Reagan administration and co-chairs law firm Venable's transportation practice, has been a longtime supporter of the air traffic control provision and spoke with BTN transportation editor Michael B. Baker.
Think about a city around the world – big or small – and one common feature nearly all share are cars. Whether these urban centers were designed primarily for walking, metro or the automobile, drivers are everywhere. But Peter Newman, an expert of sustainability who has been researching car use since the early 1970s, sees a change underway.
Paul Lewis, vice president of policy and finance at the Eno Center for Transportation, told ThinkProgress that under the current rules, for Trump to get his infrastructure plan through Congress without an increase in revenue, he would need to find something else in the budget to cut. But to date, Trump hasn’t offered any specifics.