Shaun Courtney

Shaun Courtney is a federal transportation reporter at Bloomberg BNA. She covers congressional and regulatory news, including funding for the Department of Transportation and new technologies such as driverless cars and drones. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism, both from American University.

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McCarthy Intervenes for Bus Company Targeted by Spending Bill

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) intervened in House-Senate spending bill negotiations to exclude a bus manufacturer in his district from a proposed funding restriction, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.

Waymo, GM to Deploy Self-Driving Cars With or Without Congress

Congress is the closest it could be for at least a year to passing self-driving vehicle legislation, but if lawmakers fall short, companies such as Alphabet Inc.,’s Waymo and General Motors Co. plan to deploy commercially with fewer strings attached.

Scooters Trigger Backlash Among Cities That Felt Burned by Uber

It was after 10 p.m. on a Monday night when Rick Usher learned, via Facebook, that Bird Rides Inc. was bringing hundreds of its matte black electric scooters to Kansas City, Mo., in two days. Usher, Kansas City’s assistant manager for small business and entrepreneurship, got right on the phone.

2018 Post-Election Briefing with Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight

On November 8, Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group joined together for a post-election briefing, providing in-depth analysis of the midterm elections results.

Chao Defying Law on Self-Driving Auto Test Funds, Lawmakers Say

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao ignored explicit congressional direction by shutting down a program to test self-driving vehicle technology at a handful of government-designated proving grounds, key lawmakers from both chambers say.

Self-Driving Shuttles Hit Brakes as Federal Agency Reviews Risks

Federal regulators overseeing the safety of self-driving cars stopped allowing some vehicles on public streets this summer while reviewing their agency’s risks and legal exposure from the emerging technology.

A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration review of its procedures for permitting self-driving vehicles on public roads led to the moratorium this summer.

Senate’s Self-driving Car Champions Make a Push for Agreement

The bipartisan co-sponsors of the Senate’s self-driving car bill are trying to create a renewed sense of urgency with a month’s end deadline for a deal that has thus far been elusive.

Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Gary Peters (D-Mich.) want to get new AV START (S. 1885) language agreed to by early next week, quickly check that language among members, and hold a vote on the Senate floor before the chamber leaves at the end of October, several lobbyists and interest groups familiar with the negotiations tell Bloomberg Government.

Compromise Bill Would Extend Federal Aviation Programs to 2023

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on legislative language to reauthorize federal aviation programs for five years, setting the stage for votes next week.

The announcement came from House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and ranking member Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and ranking member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

Compromise Aviation Legislative Language Possible Friday

The House and Senate transportation committees are aiming for a Friday release of legislative language on a compromise aviation bill, according to three congressional aides with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations.

Self-Driving Cars Won’t Ride on Aviation Bill, Thune Says

The Senate’s self-driving car bill (S. 1885) will have to find another vehicle to the floor now that Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is no longer seeking to attach it to an aviation bill, he told Bloomberg Government.