Infrastructure & Transportation

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.

F-35 Jets for Turkey Held Back in Compromise Pentagon Bill

Congress is taking the unusual step of trying to block the transfer of Lockheed Martin Corp.’s F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Turkey, even though the country is a NATO ally and a partner in building the jet.

Congress’ most recent move comes as part of the 2019 Pentagon spending bill that both chambers are expected to consider later this month. Transfers of the F-35 would be held back under a compromise struck on the spending bill for the next fiscal year, according to Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).

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.

TSA PreCheck Set for Stricter Policing Under House-Approved Bill

A bill designed to speed more Americans through airport security lines while cracking down on the oversight of those fast lanes passed the House Sept. 4.

The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 6265, passed the House on a voice vote. Under the legislation, only passengers who have passed background checks and paid fees to be part of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck program or another trusted traveler program would be eligible to use expedited airport security screening lines.

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.

Mind the Gap: Drone Privacy Falling Through Regulatory Cracks

The growing popularity of drones among hobbyists, businesses, and law enforcement is exposing a gap in privacy regulation that threatens to leave Americans vulnerable to nosy neighbors and data-harvesting technology companies.

States and localities that have traditionally protected people from peeping toms and unwanted surveillance are hampered, analysts say, by the federal government’s “exclusive sovereignty” over the skies. The Federal Aviation Administration, meanwhile, says its regulatory jurisdiction is limited to safety concerns and doesn’t extend to privacy.

Transportation Project Management Oversight RFP Expected in Fall

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration is expected to issue a request for proposals for its Project Management Oversight indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract sometime this fall, according to Bloomberg Government estimates.