Jeff Davis is a Senior Fellow with the Eno Center for Transportation and is also the Editor of the Eno Transportation Weekly.

Jeff came to Washington in 1988 to attend The American University and soon began working on Capitol Hill for the ranking minority member of the House Rules Committee. For six years he worked on a wide variety of legislative, budget process oversight and parliamentary procedure issues.

In January 1996 Jeff joined a transportation consulting firm and worked extensively on the FAA, Amtrak and surface transportation reauthorization laws in 1996-1998 as well as various appropriations bills.  He founded his own research and consulting business in June 1998 and published Transportation Weekly, a news service covering federal transportation and public works, from 1999-2014.

He joined the Eno Center in January 2015. His work focuses on analysis of the federal transportation budget and the long-term trends in transportation funding and policy.

Follow him on Twitter at @JDwithTW

Eno Transportation Weekly Articles

Senate Looks at New Boeing Safety Culture Allegations

April 19, 2024 - A high-profile Senate hearing this week levied allegations both old and new against aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing with regards to its safety culture.

Biden Announces Plan to Assist U.S. Steel, Shipbuilding Industries

April 19, 2024 - President Biden this week requested higher tariffs on Chinese-made steel and aluminum, and his trade rep opened a new investigation into unfair Chinese competition in shipbuilding, shipping, and logistics.

Research

Yahoo News|July 24, 2023|Electric Vehicles, Federal Governance, Governance reform, Highways & Streets

Driving Change: Advice For The National VMT-Fee Pilot

The US faces funding challenges for transportation infrastructure due to changing vehicle technology. To address this, a national pilot program for a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee is being established. Recommendations include simplicity, scalability, and...

October 1, 2019|Appropriations, Federal Funding, Federal Governance, Governance reform, Highway Trust Fund, Highways, Infrastructure

Refreshing the Status Quo: Federal Highway Programs and Funding Distribution

This year, the federal government gave $45.6 billion in highway “formula” funding to the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The state-by-state distribution of this money was based almost entirely on how the states...

Media Mentions & Commentary

Christian Science Monitor|February 23, 2024|Freight rail, Rail Safety, Railroads

East Palestine Crash Prompted Rail Safety Bill. Why It Stalled.

Among the provisions that Republicans and rail interests have taken issue with is one that mandates a two-person crew for “high-hazard” trains. Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation think tank...

American Society of Civil Engineers|November 2, 2023|Electric Vehicles, Fuel tax, Highway Trust Fund

Bill Would Add Electric Vehicle Fees to Boost Highway Trust Fund

In the past 15 years, Congress has conducted 10 transfers from the general fund to the HTF, totaling nearly $272 billion, says Jeff Davis, a senior fellow for the Eno Center for Transportation. Of these transfers,...