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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Cities Hope Congress Won’t Sidetrack China Rail Car Deals

Cash-strapped U.S. transit agencies hope congressional action against China’s rapid expansion into rail car manufacturing won’t derail their attempts to buy needed new equipment cheaply.

FAA Bill Authors Want Clean Tax Title Without GOP Tax Law Fixes

The Senate aviation bill’s authors want to prevent its tax title—long-seen as an opportunity to pass fixes to Republican tax breaks—from sinking the bill, they told Bloomberg Government.

More than 100 amendments have been proposed for the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (S. 1405) as of Tuesday, according to Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). Many FAA programs up for renewal would be funded by the Airport and Airway Trust Fund, which is paid for through taxes on items like airfare and jet fuel.

Senate Aviation, Self-Driving Car Bills Eyed for Votes Next Week

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ready to give an aviation authorization bill floor time, possibly next week, just as soon as its authors complete a deal to limit the almost 100 amendments members have floated, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune said.

D.C. in a League of Its Own for All-Star Game Sponsored Service

Fans attending the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Washington Tuesday can take the region’s Metrorail home late into the night because of the system’s practice of securing private sponsorship to pay for extended service.

Democrats Object as Transit Grants Get the Gateway Treatment

Critical rail and bus rapid transit projects could be collateral damage in the Trump administration’s crusade against the Gateway Project, Democratic appropriators said in response to a letter by the agency overseeing transit grants.

Senate Sends Trump Message on Drones, Transit in Spending Bill

President Donald Trump’s administration should follow the lead of Congress on transportation priorities, Senate appropriators made clear in a spending bill and accompanying committee report.

Senate Leaders Working to Limit FAA Floor Time, Amendments

Senators are negotiating a bipartisan agreement limiting floor amendments to a Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill as a way to secure floor time during the busy summer work session, leaders of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee said.

The FAA bill (S. 1405), in addition to renewing federal aviation programs, seeks to integrate drones into the airspace and includes language protecting airline passengers, among other items.

New York and LA Team Up With Schumer on Self-Driving Car Rules

New York City and Los Angeles, worried that a Senate self-driving car bill would make them hand over control of their streets to the federal government, have found a powerful ally: Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).

Chinese Railcars, High-Speed Trains Targets of Spending Bill

Rail companies and transit systems across the country will have to shop somewhere other than China for freight and passenger rail cars and buses if a Transportation-HUD spending bill provision becomes law.

Airports Hurt by Trump Mar-a-Lago Travel Could Soon See Relief

Airports and businesses could get paid when they have to close for President Donald Trump’s trips to Mar-a-Lago or his other vacation spots.