Transportation Thursdays

Congress is in session. 

Update on Transportation Rescission
Given the level of interest in last week’s article about the FAST Act rescission, a quick update. Congress has not yet taken action to reverse the rescission or indicated whether it will. Many in Washington, however, are working to ensure Congress understands the importance of acting as swiftly as possible to ensure states do not lose $7.6 billion in contract authority. To that end, NARC joined a letter spearheaded by the Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). If your organization is concerned about the impacts of the rescission, you are encouraged to reach out to your member of Congress and make your feelings known. We’ll provide additional updates as they become available.

Infrastructure, Transportation Reauthorization Measures Back in Discussion
House Democrats are reportedly preparing another run at a significant infrastructure package. According to Politico, the bill will be a combination of measures that are typically passed on their own, including surface transportation reauthorization and water resources bill, combined with broadband, pipelines, and possibly schools, housing, and parks. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is presenting an outline of his reauthorization bill to the Democratic caucus today and expressed his hope to be in conference with the Senate on a bill by next spring.

Congress Plans to Punt Government Shutdown Deadline to Dec. 20
Congress plans to extend government funding through December 20, averting the risk of a shutdown next week but setting up for a potential spending fight before the end of the year. Democratic House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Republican Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) settled on the time frame for the short-term spending measure in a meeting on Tuesday. The House will vote on the stopgap measure next week before government funding runs out November 21. The top federal appropriators also discussed an extension into January or later, but ultimately decided on a shorter continuing resolution to keep the pressure on for a full-year spending bill.
Committee Announces Hearing on Automated Vehicles
Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) announced the Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday at 10:00AM ET titled, “Highly Automated Vehicles: Federal Perspectives on the Deployment of Safety Technology.” The hearing will examine the perspectives of the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Transportation Safety Board on the safe testing and deployment of highly autonomous vehicles (AVs). Witnesses will discuss recommendations for realizing the potential safety, mobility, and efficiency benefits of AVs.

Joe Biden Releases Infrastructure Proposal
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign yesterday released a $1.3 trillion infrastructure proposal that stresses job creation, climate sustainability, and community revitalization as its main areas of focus. The proposal invests in a range of infrastructure, including transportation, resilience, broadband, energy, water, and schools. The plan makes specific mention of the regional planning can play in supporting transit and other smart growth concepts.


USDOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $900 Million Investment in American Infrastructure
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced this week that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. The funding has been awarded to 55 projects in 35 states. Fiscal Year 2019 BUILD Transportation grants are for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and have been awarded on a competitive basis to projects with a significant impact in their local or regional communities.  

FTA Issues Safety Bulletin on Rail Grade Crossing Safety Considerations
This week, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a Safety Bulletin outlining safety considerations associated with rail transit grade crossings. FTA produced the Safety Bulletin in part due to the rapid rise in rail transit grade crossing fatalities over the past year. The Safety Bulletin provides a summary of analysis, research, and available funding opportunities and resources to support mitigation strategies to reduce rail transit grade crossing deaths and injuries.


Governors Announce Capital Beltway Accord Between Maryland and Virginia
At an event this week, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced the creation of the Capital Beltway Accord between the two states. The announcement highlighted important steps being made through the cooperative effort to improve the performance and reliability of the regional transportation system. The American Legion Bridge links Fairfax and Montgomery counties, which host over 35 percent of the region’s jobs and households. The partnership is working to improve this critical connection which is well beyond capacity and the resulting traffic that creates daily frustration and lost productivity for the region’s residents, workers, and employers.

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Mobility Data with Arlington and Chicago
Tuesday November 19 – 2:00 PM EST 
*Note: This webinar is only available to Eno Transportation Members
With the explosion of shared mobility services across the globe, cities have begun to request and require access to data from private shared fleet operators deploying vehicles within their boundaries. This Eno Center for Transportation webinar provides an overview of the key opportunities and pain points around data-sharing, and examples of how Arlington, VA and Chicago, IL are using mobility data for policy and planning.
Upcoming USDOT Webinar: Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO) and the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Vision: Concepts and Examples
Wednesday, November 20 – 1:00 PM EST
This webinar will help participants understand how synergies between TSMO and MOD efforts in a region can enable new options and better approaches to supply and demand on the transportation system. Two recent and ongoing regional and state efforts in this area will be presented, as well as recent research and reference materials from FHWA on TSMO and its role in supporting MOD and travel demand management.
International Urban Freight (I-NUF) – Curbside Delivery Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, November 20 – 1:00 PM EST
This Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) webinar will feature presentations focused on curbside delivery challenges and opportunities that were presented at the recent 2019 International Urban Freight Conference (I-NUF), which focuses on presenting research in the urban freight transportation field.
Gentrification and Displacement Near Los Angeles Rail Transit Stations
Thursday, November 22 – 10:00 AM EST
This UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies webinar will summarize findings from a project aimed at addressing the association between new rail transit and displacement of low-income residents in near these rail neighborhoods. The Los Angeles metropolitan area presents an ideal study area for analyzing transit-oriented development (TOD) and potential displacement. Since 1990, the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority (Metro) has opened 93 new rail-transit stations. An additional 17 are under construction.


Nov 08, 2019 03:21 pm | Jessica Routzahn

The National League of Cities (NLC) in partnership with the Public Technology Institute (PTI) has recently released a new guide: Protecting Our Cities: What Cities Should Know About Cybersecurity during cybersecurity month in October. This…

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Oct 25, 2019 04:57 pm | Neil Bomberg

Over the next several weeks, the House and Senate will be working on drafting a final fiscal year (FY) 2020 omnibus appropriations bill in hopes of meeting the November 21 continuing resolution deadline. As is…

The post Take Action Now: Support House Funding Levels for Health and Human Services Programs appeared first on Regions Lead.


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