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The Implications of the Federal Ban on Chinese Railcars
"The Implications of the Federal Ban on Chinese Railcars" concludes that until the federal government better understands the potential national security risks of using Chinese railcars in American transit systems, a one-year appropriations ban is more appropriate than a permanent policy change.
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Tools for a Smoother Ride: Managing Rail Assets and Leveraging Competition
This study examines rail maintenance program needs and practices through dozens of interviews with public and private stakeholders and experts around the country. The consensus was that asset management practices in the United States are inadequate to meet today’s maintenance challenges.
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Eno Aviation Insights: Is air travel becoming pricier for travelers?
Eno Aviation Insights, aims to illustrate where the domestic air travel industry has been and where it is headed from an independent, objective perspective. The goal is not only look at system-wide averages, but also to try and discern what is happening in individual markets across the United States.
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Safer, Faster, Cheaper: Aviation Certification for the 21st Century
The Eno Center for Transportation Aviation Working Group brought together key stakeholders to study this issue and propose pragmatic, innovative, policy solutions to improve the FAA’s certification processes while maintaining aviation’s impeccable safety record. This report is the product of that effort and focuses on three areas of certification: Aviation products and their components, Air traffic control and air traffic controllers, and Repair stations.
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Beyond Speculation Automated Vehicles and Public Policy
Through a series of panel discussions, workshops, webinars, and consultation with Eno’s Digital Cities Advisory Board, Eno crafted a multifaceted set of recommendations that address the most pressing policy issues for AVs. If applied and executed properly, these recommendations will help guide this technology towards safe, efficient, and sustainable deployment.
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The Need for Regional Transportation Governance in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay, Florida is home to nearly 3 million residents and is the 18th largest metro region in the country, bigger than Denver, Charlotte, or Orlando. It ranks 22nd in terms of number of jobs, and makes up 17 percent of Florida’s total gross domestic product.
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Delivering the Goods: Recommendations for Funding a Federal Freight Program
Delivering the Goods focuses on finding a funding source for expanding and improving the national freight program established by the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. While this was a crucial step forward, the United States still needs to expand the size and enhance the multimodal nature of the program.
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Emerging Technology Trends In Transportation
This paper seeks to provide an overview of technology advances in transportation, focusing on those likely to have important implications for transportation policy.
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NextGen Working Group Final Report
Eno’s NextGen Working Group brought together academics, former government officials, unions, and industry leaders representing airlines, airports, manufacturers, private operators, pilots, controllers, and the business community to discuss the future of U.S. air traffic control (ATC). This final report puts forth specific funding and operational recommendations that Congress can authorize when current law expires at the of the fiscal year this September.
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The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund
An evaluation of the forces behind the U.S. Highway Trust Fund (HTF), including an examination of peer countries and their lessons on providing long-term sustainable funding.
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Maximizing the Value of Investments Using Life Cycle Cost Analysis
State and federal funding for transportation projects is stagnant, yet Maximizing the Value of Investment Using Life Cycle Cost Analysis finds that currently most of the limited transportation funding dollars is invested without considering long-term operating costs. To improve decision making, the report gives nine policy recommendations on how to implement Life Cycle Cost Analysis, a process which ensures total costs related to an asset— including the cost to operate the infrastructure in the future—is accounted for.
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Partnership Financing: Improving Transportation Infrastructure Through Public Private Partnerships
Eno created its Public Private Partnership (P3) working group in 2012 to provide a better understanding of limited availability and the use of P3s as a potential project delivery method. In this report, the group identified patterns in the challenges that localities have faced when using P3s and developed recommendations for federal and local policy to enable greater use of P3s as an infrastructure delivery mechanism in the future.
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Addressing Future Capacity Needs in the U.S. Aviation System
Addressing Future Capacity Needs in the U.S. Aviation System explores the issue of system capacity in the airspace and at select hub airports and finds that the U.S. aviation network in its current state is unlikely to provide adequate capacity to accommodate projected growth in passengers over the next 20 years.
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Lessons Learned from TIGER Discretionary Grant Program
The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program was established as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the ARRA or “stimulus bill”) to fund transportation infrastructure projects using a mode-neutral, merit-based approach. This report looks at key players involved in the creation and sustaining of the program and examines how the funds were distributed.
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The Consequences of Reduced Federal Transportation Investment
The Consequences of Reduced Federal Transportation Investment is a report co-authored by the Eno Center for Transportation and the Bipartisan Policy Center. It outlines the foreseeable consequences of reductions in federal surface transportation funding.
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Transportation Investment as Part of a Deficit-Reduction Package
Transportation Investment as Part of a Deficit-Reduction Package summarizes the proceedings and conclusions from Eno's annual Policy Forum in November 2011 and expands the discussion of how transportation fits into the current fiscal debate.
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NextGen: Aligning Costs, Benefits and Political Leadership
The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) represents a series of incremental policies, procedures, and technological changes to modernize the air traffic control (ATC) system into a more efficient, state-of-the-art satellite-based system.
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Lessons Learned From the Chicago O’Hare Modernization Program
The modernization project at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago is an example of a modern transportation investment that is performing well. Applying the lessons from the OMP can help construct other large, important infrastructure projects in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.
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