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The Hill
January 4, 2018 | OP-ED
Four factors that led to the deadly Amtrak derailment
Jeff Davis |
Senior Fellow and Editor, Eno Transportation Weekly
The fatal Amtrak Cascades derailment in Washington State between Tacoma and Olympia on Dec, 18 killed three people and injured scores of others. It has brought the issue of positive train control (PTC), a technology that automatically activates the brakes of trains to meet speed limits or red lights, to the forefront of national debate once again.
The Drive
December 29, 2017 | Expert Analysis
Washington State Rushed to Finish Route Where Amtrak Train Derailed
"All of the transportation money in the bill had use-it-or-lose-it deadlines. The high-speed and intercity passenger rail money had the longest deadline, but all of the $8 billion had to be obligated," writes Jeff Davis, a policy expert with the Eno Center for Transportation in D.C.
Jeff Davis |
Senior Fellow and Editor, Eno Transportation Weekly
Trapeze Group
December 28, 2017 | Expert Analysis
2018 Rail Trends: Falling Behind or on Track to Revitalize the Industry?
"2018 is the year when maintenance becomes the transit industry's priority. With a growing backlog of maintenance needs, high public focus on the condition of the railways, and the new FTA rule on transit asset management plans, agencies will need to step up and demonstrate the condition of their rails and how they aim to prioritize repairs. Agency boards can no longer push new lines or extensions while neglecting the existing system. Agencies will develop innovative approaches to maintenance, both internally and by the use of competitive tendering, to stretch public dollars further and benchmark performance and accountability.”
Paul Lewis |
Vice President, Policy and Finance
WIRED
December 23, 2017 | Expert Analysis
Fixing America's Holiday Travel Mess Might Just Ruin America
Holiday travel sucks, and probably has ever since a bunch of shepherds, wise men, and angels converged on a stable in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. Every November, every December, every year, America’s highways and airports runneth over, and not in the good way.
Paul Lewis |
Vice President, Policy and Finance
Bond Buyer
December 21, 2017 | Expert Analysis
The battle to save private activity bonds may not be over
The Trump administration is expected to finally unveil its long-awaited infrastructure plan in January, but some muni market participants worry any legislation for federal funding might cut private activity bonds for revenue.
Jeff Davis |
Senior Fellow and Editor, Eno Transportation Weekly
NextCity
December 18, 2017 | Expert Analysis
Columbus Bus Drivers Take Public Stand on Driverless Transit
The president of Transport Workers Union Local 208 took to a microphone on Dec. 6 to deliver a message to Ohioans: “Bus drivers keep you safe.” The union, which represents about 650 drivers and other workers at Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), held a press conference at the state capitol in Columbus, Ohio, that day because they’re worried about self-driving buses. They see a threat, not only in the potential dangers of driverless vehicles, but also in the possible loss of middle-class bus driver jobs to automation.
Greg Rogers |
Senior Policy Analyst and Assistant Editor of Eno Transportation Weekly (ETW)
Washington Post
December 15, 2017 | OP-ED
Virginia took a bold step in tolling I-66. And it’s likely to pay off.
Robert Puentes |
President and CEO
When the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) began charging rush-hour tolls on Interstate 66 inside Washington's Beltway, a very important economic experiment was launched. The state put a price on free-flowing traffic by allowing solo drivers to use the road and charged them based on the actual demand for the opportunity to do so.
U.S. News and World Report
December 15, 2017 | OP-ED
3 Transportation Predictions for 2018
Paul Lewis |
Vice President, Policy and Finance
Transportation in the Unites States is changing. 2017 brought us record setting aviation travel, advancements in groundbreaking vehicle technologies and huge increases in freight traffic thanks to booming online commerce.
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