February 7, 2017
January 25, 2017$1 trillion infrastructure blueprint, claiming the eventual legislation would create 15 million...
January 23, 2017
Last Thursday, the outgoing Obama Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released its long-awaited guidance document on the deployment of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. V2I refers to a suite of connected vehicle technologies and services that allow vehicles to wirelessly “talk” to infrastructure to provide, at least as currently envisioned, hazard warnings and roadway conditions information to drivers. Below is a table of some of the services that could potentially be offered by connected vehicle technologies:
January 18, 2017
December 29, 2016
This past summer, the Surface Transportation Board (STB), an independent federal regulatory agency charged with resolving rate disputes in the freight rail industry, proposed a dramatic change to the rules governing forced reciprocal switching. Reciprocal switching refers to an industry practice whereby an incumbent railroad allows a competing railroad to access its tracks for a fee, so that even if the competing railroad cannot physically access the customer in question using its own network, it is able provide single-line service just like the incumbent railroad. See this diagram below for a helpful visual:
December 20, 2016
Last week, CEI filed its reply brief in our case against the Transportation Security Administration’s use of body scanners. To recap, CEI, the Rutherford Institute, and two CEI employees filed a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the agency’s final rule on airport body scanners. Our argument centers around the fact that the TSA’s widely unpopular body scanners lead many would-be air travelers to take to the much more dangerous highways instead, where some number of them die, and that the agency failed to consider this deadly modal substitution effect as required under federal law.
In our latest filing, we take the TSA to task for failing to meaningfully address our arguments:
TSA’s body scanner rule causes travel...
December 12, 2016
November 22, 2016
Today, CEI was joined by R Street Institute and TechFreedom in comments submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the recently released Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (FAVP) guidance document. CEI’s initial response to the FAVP can be found here. The comment letter is here.
The guidance document sets forth best practices and discusses various issues related to deployment of vehicle automation systems. Much of the FAVP is either positive or benign. However, there are several troubling aspects and areas in need of clarification, which we address in detail. These include:
November 10, 2016
October 27, 2016
Today, a coalition of free market groups led by CEI sent letters to Senate Commerce Committee and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee leaders urging them to defend railroad deregulation against the attempts of the Surface Transportation Board (STB) to impose forced reciprocal switching on U.S. rail carriers.
Reciprocal switching refers to an arrangement whereby two railroads interchange on another’s traffic for a fee. This occurs voluntarily across the country. But the STB is now seeking to make it easier to force railroads into these arrangements by eliminating the decades-old anticompetitive conduct requirement, which requires that...