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DOT Moves Forward on Drone Integration

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Department of Transportation ("DOT") has taken significant strides regarding the future of unmanned aircraft systems ("UAS") integration in the United States. First, on May 9, 2018, the DOT announced its initial...more

USDOT Selects Ten Drone Integration Sites

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The U. S. Department of Transportation (“USDOT”) announced a diverse set of winners for the 10 openings in USDOT’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (“UAS”) Integration Pilot Program (“IPP”). As advertised, the program’s selectees...more

DOT Approves Ten Pilot Projects for Advanced Drone Operations

On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the selection of ten proposals from a field of 149 applications submitted jointly by industry and government entities to conduct advanced drone...more

Transporting LNG by Rail is One Step Closer

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On May 7, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) finally responded to the Petition for Rulemaking filed by the Association of American Railroads (AAR). As...more

UAS Integration Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will now fund double the number of unmanned aircraft system (UAS or drone) integration projects as it previously has due to a strong response from organizations and companies...more

Cleared For Takeoff: The UAS Integration Pilot Program Begins!

by LeClairRyan on

The UAS Integration Pilot Program just got its big kick-off, with Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announcing the state, local, and tribal government partnerships that would form the core of the new effort....more

Trump administration announces first round of UAS Integration Pilot Program Participants

by Hogan Lovells on

In a major development for the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drone) industry, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao, announced the first round of participants in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s...more

What’s Next For GHG And Fuel Economy Regulation?

by King & Spalding on

Much is being made of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement last month that it will consider anew the greenhouse gas standards for vehicle model years 2022 to 2025. This announcement, while generating...more

May 2018 Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a five-year Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization bill, the FAA’s Airworthiness Directives...more

DOT Issues Notice of Funding Opportunity for BUILD Grants

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the $1.5 billion in surface transportation grants provided by the FY 2018 Omnibus Appropriations legislation. • This...more

News from Second & State

Last week, the Senate was the only chamber in session. This week, it was the House of Representatives’ turn to be in Harrisburg for three session days. On Monday, the House Consumer Affairs Committee held a public hearing...more

Do Red Light Cameras Actually Keep Us Safe?

by The Brown Firm on

This topic had been very controversial over the years. Some say yes while others are suspicious if it is more about making money than safety. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration would...more

What a Successful P3 Looks Like: Florida’s I-595 Express Corridor

Beyond being one of the core tenants of President Trump’s infrastructure proposal, public-private partnerships (also known as PPPs or P3s) will likely be a key piece in any future infrastructure bill, regardless of who’s...more

Transportation Complications: Top Issues to Consider When Drafting an Infrastructure Bill

cording to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the state of U.S. infrastructure earned a score of a D+ based on its physical condition and needed investments for improvement. In what will come as a surprise to...more

Window On Washington - Vol. 2, Issue 15

by Clark Hill PLC on

Outlook for This Week in the Nation's Capital - Omnibus Rescissions. The White House is continuing to press forward with pledges to rescind spending from the FY18 Omnibus despite multiple House and Senate Republicans...more

Top 5 DOT Policy Fixes For 2018

There have been many significant regulatory changes at the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well as issues at the state level that affect employers of workers who are subject to DOT requirements. In 2015, the most...more

Aviation Happenings - Spring 2018 - Part B

SDNY Holds That Limitations Period in Article 35 of the Montreal Convention Does Not Apply to Claims for Contribution and Indemnification - Article 35 of the Montreal Convention provides that “[t]he right to damages shall...more

Alternative Fuel Corridors: Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality Announces United States Department of Transportation...

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) issued an April 4th news release noting that a United States Department of Transportation (“DOT”) designation of two segments of Arkansas roadways as “signage-ready...more

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships in Arkansas: The Road to P3s in the Natural State

Over the last several years, the federal government has promoted public-private partnerships (“P3s”) as one way to address the dire need for American infrastructure investment. States agree. For example, last year in...more

Planes, Drones and $…The 2018 Appropriation and Aviation

by LeClairRyan on

After four governmentwide short-term stopgap funding provisions since last September, Congress has enacted, and the President has signed, a full fiscal year Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115-141, March 23,...more

Minnesota Legislative Update: Which Bills Met the First Committee Deadline?

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Minnesota Legislature’s first committee deadline came and went yesterday, with policy bills needing to clear all policy committees in either the House or Senate by midnight to remain viable. Most committees met in regular...more

Self Driving Cars and Personal Injury Law: What You Need to Know

by The Roth Firm on

New Legislation Regarding Self-Driving Cars - A Vision for Safety 2.0 - Federal Automated Vehicles Policy - SELF Driving Act - American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technology Act (AV...more

Congress Passes, President Signs FY2018 Omnibus Spending Package

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Congress passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill early on March 23, 2018, narrowly averting a government shutdown. Following a 256-167 vote in the House and a 65-32 vote in the Senate, the FY 2018 (FY18) omnibus spending package...more

Effect of Marijuana Legalization on the Workplace

by Smith Anderson on

Federal law prohibits marijuana use. Despite this, over the last few years, many states have legalized marijuana use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. ...more

Northern Lights Express Proposed Passenger Rail Service Receives Federal Environmental Approval

by Nossaman LLP on

The Northern Lights Express intercity rail proposal, connecting Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota with a stop in Superior, Wisconsin, advanced forward following a Finding of No Significant Impact (“FONSI”) from the Federal...more

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