With a growing chance that Congressional leaders may reduce if not eliminate the traditional "August recess" this year in order to pass a variety of spending bills before the federal government's fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, lawmakers moved on three infrastructure- and transportation-related measures this week. The House Appropriations Committee formally approved a fiscal year 2019 transportation spending bill on May 23 by a vote of 34-17. It now heads to the full House for
Airport congestion, and ensuing nationwide delays, are disruptive to travelers and to the American economy. The federal government is capable of awarding grants aimed at bolstering our nation’s airports. But is that the best way to improve airports for most travelers? Congestion and delays often start at high demand airports with limited runway capacity and become national problems because they have ripple effects across the country. But runway capacity issues are actually li
The city has issued an RFI to test autonomous vehicle technology on a single street that has quickly grown congested with traffic. Washington, D.C., is preparing for a future with self-driving cars by inviting companies to test their autonomous vehicle technology in the District. The city partnered with the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) to release a request for information (RFI) for an autonomous vehicle pilot program on 10th Street, the area near L’Enfant P
A hearing on aviation safety on Tuesday was dominated by concerns over the possibility of the proliferation of unmanned aircraft systems and the threat those drones pose to commercial and other manned aircraft. “We agree, something needs to be done to regulate them,” Ali Bahrami, associate administrator for aviation safety at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), told members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee during the hear
The top advocate in Congress for shifting air-traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration to a non-profit corporation quit the effort Tuesday. The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said despite bipartisan support among lawmakers, industry and labor groups, there isn’t enough support to approve the proposal this year. President Trump endorsed privatization in both the budgets he submitted to Congress. Airl
Infrastructure is one of the smartest investments we can make in our country. It allows businesses to grow and compete. It keep us safe. It creates millions of jobs—good paying jobs that cannot be outsourced overseas. And, it’s bipartisan. It’s one of the first things President Trump said he wanted to get done after he was elected. The time has come to work together to get this done, and get it done right. We cannot let another year go by without action. The good news is, the
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Jan. 29 will begin a series of 10 public hearings on its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed bullet train project in Texas.
The first public hearing will be held in Dallas County. Others will be held in locations along the proposed route, which would extend from North Texas to Houston.
The FRA is accepting comments on the DEIS until Feb. 20. The report analyzed six end-to-end build alternatives as well
When big-city mayors met in Washington last week, one of their primary messages regarding infrastructure was that the federal government should send new money directly to cities, rather than through states. The Trump administration seems open to the idea. “The folks in this room turn dirt faster than anybody in America,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a meeting on infrastructure at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ meeting last week. “We think that cities are the place
If 2017 is remembered as the year of major tax reform, let 2018 be remembered as the year that the nation's infrastructure was finally recognized as a priority for federal investment. For several weeks, there has been talk that infrastructure could form a cornerstone of the President's new agenda. So, what infrastructure priorities would be top of my list? In no special order, I'd spend our money on the following: 1. Interstate and long-distance rail: Funding for Amtrak, our
Dive Brief: The Trump administration issued a decision on a high-profile trade case, imposing 30% tariffs on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and cells. The first 2.5 GW of cell imports of every year are excluded, according to the press release, which offered no details on whether or not some countries are exempt from the tariffs. Implementation starts in 15 days. The tariffs will decline in 5% increments over a four-year span, ending at 15% by 2022. The deci