Topic Archives: Transportation + Infrastructure

The President’s “Infrastructure Plan” Has Been Revealed… But What Does It Really Mean?

Several weeks ago, the Trump Administration revealed its long-awaited plan for renewing US infrastructure with the release of its Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America. Like many of you, we at Morrison & Foerster have been asking ourselves: What exactly does this Outline represent? And how should those in the infrastructure business respond now? ...›

USDOT seeks to remove “speedbumps” for transportation infrastructure projects, opens a revamped grant program to accelerate public-private infrastructure investment

President Trump recently debuted his “Plan to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure,” which describes his vision for overhauling the nation’s infrastructure.  Although details of the plan have yet to be announced, two important components of the plan—decreasing permitting timelines and increasing funding opportunities—have begun to take shape. USDOT requests input on “unnecessary obstacles to transportation infrastructure projects” ...›

Federal Court Rules that FAA Overstepped Its Authority in Requiring the Registration of Model Aircraft

On Friday, May 19, 2017, a federal appellate court struck down an integral part of the FAA’s attempt to safely monitor small unmanned aerial systems (“sUAS”) and integrate them into the national airspace.  The D.C. Circuit found that the FAA’s Registration Rule—which was promulgated in December 2015 and subject to an expedited rulemaking process—directly conflicted ...›

FAA Announces First Ever Drone-Specific Airspace Restrictions

On April 7, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it would use its preexisting authority under 14 C.F.R. § 99.7 to “address national security concerns about unauthorized drone operations over 133 military facilities.”  The new restrictions seek to keep unauthorized drone operators from flying in, near, or over military facilities.  Failure to comply ...›

What Does the Future Have in Store for Rail, Motor Vehicles, and Pipelines

As the U.S. infrastructure system continues to age, enhancing and securing safety across our rails, motor vehicles and pipelines will be a key challenge will over the next few years. A new approach, which has worked well in the aviation industry, involves proactively gathering and analyzing data to identify and mitigate risks before an accident ...›

February 3, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

What Legal Challenges are Raised by the Use of Autonomous Vehicles?

The Trump Administration will likely face a series of decisions stemming from ongoing developments in the transportation and infrastructure system. Among them are policies and regulations concerning the growing use of autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles present three challenges for the new administration, and more specifically the incoming Department of Transportation: Safety Standards Privacy and Cybersecurity ...›

How Will the New Trump Administration Impact Government Contracts?

President Donald Trump has indicated a willingness to spend in the private sector around defense, homeland security, and a variety of other areas, including a potential $1 trillion in infrastructure spending.  This presents both tremendous opportunities and possible fallbacks for the industry and government contracts and public procurement space. President Trump has expressed his readiness ...›

January 25, 2017Transportation + Infrastructure

Executive Order: Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects

 On January 24, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals For High Priority Infrastructure Projects” (“Order”). The purpose of this Order is to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal infrastructure decisions and to reduce delays caused by agency processes and procedures. It will focus on projects that improve the ...›