House Transportation Committee Examines Innovation in Surface Transportation

Today the Highway & Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on ‘Innovation in Surface Transportation’. The Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST) attended as well as provided the following statement ahead of the hearing: The Coalition for Smarter Transportation (CoaST) is grateful the Highways & Transit Subcommittee of the House…

Department of Energy Announces $80 Million Investment in Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research

The Department of Energy announced $80 million for advanced vehicle technologies research. Categories funded include: Batteries & Electrification Materials Technology Integration Engines & Fuels Off-Road and Fluid Power Systems. Funded projects include the use of big-data for transit systems, research on micro transit, amongst others. Funding Announcement  Projects Selected Information about program

IRS Requests Comment on Draft Guidance for Tax Exempt Organizations With Multiple Sources of ‘Unrelated Business Income’

This week, the Internal Revenue Service released a notice requesting comments on draft guidance on tax-exempt organizations that have more than one unrelated business. The core of the guidance goes into how Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI) would be applied to those organizations with multiple unrelated business lines and basically says that the losses of…

FTA Announces Lo-No Bus Grants

Today the Federal Transit Administration announced $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program. This program, authorized by the FAST Act, funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses that are powered by modern systems such as hybrid…

USDOT Releases CMAQ Guidebook on Performance Measures

On Monday, July 30, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) posted the Transportation Performance Management (TPM) Implementation Plan on the TPM website. According to USDOT, ‘The TPM Implementation Plan’ aims to support FHWA division offices, State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other stakeholders with implementing TPM requirements through clear communication of overarching…

CoaST Recommends Federal Agencies Continue Telework Policies and Recommends Actions to Strengthen Programs

Last week, in a statement made to Federal News Radio, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)  stated: “We are hearing that the [telework] policy being enunciated at Education is a forerunner of a broad retreat on telework throughout the federal government by the Trump administration,”. This was in reaction to a policy memo released by the Department…