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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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.

E-Scooter Companies to Ride Out Florence Indoors, Not on Street

E-scooter companies such as Bird are taking steps to ensure their vehicles won’t accidentally take flight when Hurricane Florence makes landfall, several companies say. At least three electric scooter companies with vehicles in the projected path of the storm are moving their scooters and bikes to storage as the storm approaches.

Local Transit Projects Hobbled as Trump Agencies Mum on Funds

Los Angeles, host of the 2028 Summer Olympics, has an ambitious plan to move fans through traffic to the far-flung athletic sites: extend the city’s metro line with some help from the federal government.

Aviation Compromise Could Ride Stopgap Funding, GOP’s Thune Says

Bicameral, bipartisan staff meetings that began Monday to negotiate a compromise aviation bill could lay the groundwork for a bill to ride along with an appropriations agreement into law, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) told Bloomberg Government.

Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) Talks Self-Driving Cars

Senators, industry and interest groups continue their negotiations over the chamber’s self-driving car bill AV START (S. 1885).
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), a co-author of the bill, returned in August from a five-day motorcycle tour of Michigan where he had long stretches of road to think about how autonomous technology could be deployed.
Bloomberg Government’s Shaun Courtney recently sat down with Peters in his Washington office to talk about his love of motorcycles, and how riding influenced his approach to writing the AV START legislation.

Trucking Changes Won’t Stall Farm Bill Conference

A bipartisan group of senators seeking more flexible working hour standards for agriculture truckers won’t block the Senate’s effort to start talks on the farm bill with the House, two Republican Senate aides told Bloomberg Government.

Raise Gas Taxes Temporarily for Highway Trust Fund, Shuster Says

A plan to raise the gas tax before phasing it out with a new revenue source to shore up the Highway Trust Fund is the parting gift that outgoing House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) wants to leave for his fellow Republicans.

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.