2016 Year in Review Eno center for Transportation

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Overview

Eno’s Aviation Working Group is a standing advisory group on all matters relating to aviation policy. The group provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging contemporary aviation issues. With the Working Group, Eno’s goal is:

  1. Educate the public at large as well as policy makers as to the importance of the aviation industry to the U.S. economy;
  2. Identify the roadblocks to progress, innovation, and modernization; and
  3. Propose bold, pragmatic policy solutions to help tackle those challenges. It includes diverse group of industry stakeholders and experts. Members include airlines, airports, labor unions, manufacturers, academia, and other relevant organizations.

Eno’s Freight Working Group is a standing advisory group on all matters relating to freight policy. The group, made up of diverse stakeholders, provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging freight transportation problems of today.

The working group focuses on four broad topic areas that have constantly changing policy issues:

Federal funding. The first report released out of the Freight Working Group was Delivering the Goods: Recommendation for Funding a Federal Freight Program. The consensus-based recommendation included specific general fund and user fee components, subject to several caveats. Eno staff continues to develop specifics around how general fund transfers and a Cost of Freight Shipment fee (COFS) could work in an administratively reasonable manner. The Working Group is developing research on how the specifics of these recommendations will develop.

Federal freight programs and regulations. Federal transportation laws MAP-21 (2012) and FAST (2015), among other laws, included significant investment programs and regulatory measures for freight. Working Group members have targeted several of these policy components for analysis, and Eno is developing short reports and recommendations. The next expected report is going to provide recommendations to the next administration on improvements to the FASTLANE discretionary grants.

Local, state, and regional freight policy. There are a myriad of issues affecting freight at the local, state, and regional levels. For example, ports and intermodal facilities, in particular, have supply chain congestion problems that must be addressed as globalization increases. Working Group members are guiding Eno as to which of these issues are the most important for further policy analysis. The next project is planning to examine policies that shape local access to and from major port facilities.

Private sector innovation. New innovations, ranging from self-driving technologies and delivery drones to advanced logistics systems, could transform many traditional freight markets. In concert with Eno’s Digital Cities program, the Working Group is providing guidance on how best shape future policies. Eno is examining how driverless trucks, trains, and ships could affect supply chains, and how public policies should respond.

Eno’s Transportation Finance Working Group is a standing advisory group on all matters relating to transportation funding and financing policy. The group, made up of diverse stakeholders, provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging transportation finance problems of today. This includes public-private partnerships, federal and local transportation funding initiatives, and the transition to a new federal administration. Members of the group have the following responsibilities and roles:

  1. Serve as a resource for Eno and the industry on funding and finance issues
  2. Suggest topics of focus for future work and provide feedback on Eno work products
  3. Meet in Washington, DC as needed to discuss work progress

Eno’s Digital Cities program is exploring how technology is changing transportation systems, and how public policy can play a forward-thinking role in encouraging innovative mobility while simultaneously ensuring public safety and public benefit. These technological innovations are revolutionizing the concept of mobility and accessibility for the better. But in order for that to be possible, policy makers must ensure that their policy decisions are encouraging, rather than inhibiting, innovation.

Center for Transportation Leadership

Founded in 2008, the Center for Transportation Leadership (CTL) houses Eno’s training, workforce development, and organizational development activities. CTL is the premier training and education resource for the U.S. transportation industry. The work of CTL is centered on understanding the transportation workforce, identifying emerging talent, encouraging the next generation of leaders, and developing quality educational opportunities. CTL connects people and ideas to enhance cross-industry knowledge, strengthen organizations, and inspire transportation professionals.

Transit Senior Executive Program

Transit Mid Manager Seminar

Research and Policy

Emerging Technology Trends in Transportation

This report was developed to inform a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) workshop, held in September 2015, exploring emerging technological trends in transportation. This paper provides an overview of select developing transportation technologies and includes a discussion of the policy implications of these new technological trends. The report was co-authored by staff from the Eno Center for Transportation and ICF International.

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.

The research and analysis used to inform these recommendations are based on consensus among a diverse group of industry participants. It is the Eno Working Group’s hope that this can lead to full and long term funding of a critical element of American economy: a federal multimodal freight discretionary grant program.

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