It is particularly true in Transportation Law and Policy that, sometimes half the journey is knowing where to start. Like much of government, each technological innovation in transportation results in a new set of regulations—often administered by a new agency, which itself is likely to share overlapping jurisdiction with other governmental bodies.
Transportation Law and Policy stretches across a wide array of Federal, state and local government agencies that require environmental and archeological assessments and, depending on the authorizing legislation and funding source, impose different labor standards and sourcing requirements for contractors. A myriad of additional rules come into play depending on the cargo involved or, when a vessel leaves U.S. territory, international organizations (e.g., MARCOR) impose different standards that may result in port-refusal or influence cargo reinsurance rates.
Persons and cargo may be transportable on parallel routes by ship, air, rail or water, but different regulatory agencies come into play depending on the means of transportation and the cargo. In the U.S., agencies are often charged with both the promotion and regulation of transportation sectors through an ‘alphabet soup’ of sub-cabinet and independent agencies such as the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Urban Mass Transit Agency (UMTA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the semi-independent Federal Maritime Administration (FMC)—whose Jones Act authority stretches from the nationality of ships, unionization of crews, and even reaches into the siting of LNG Terminals. Clients may think they have “DoT approval” when they walk out the door from one of these agencies, without realizing that other sub-cabinet and semi-autonomous units of the same agency have yet to weigh in. We work with these agencies for our clients seeking project grants and permits, draft comments on proposed regulations to ‘translate’ our client’s position into the language of the bureaucracy, and assist on compliance with final regulations.
Within Congress, Transportation Law and Policy also crosses overlapping jurisdictional lines of the Senate Committees on Environment & Public Works (i.e., “infrastructure”), Energy & Natural Resources (i.e. oil and gas are cargo), and Finance (i.e., taxes)—as well as the Appropriations Committees (i.e., spending on all of the above). In the House, the Energy & Commerce, Transportation & Infrastructure, Ways & Means and omnipresent Appropriations Committees play major roles is everything from ports to highway funding and routes. Because of our relationships with the Chairs of each of those Senate and several House subcommittees, we can assist clients in developing their legislative proposals, as well as in collaboration with trade associations and ad-hoc coalitions with interests in your project. Infrastructure projects and dedicated revenue streams also touch upon a wide array of interests and ‘unwritten histories’—for example, Lady Bird Johnson’s “Highway Beautification” efforts, which evolved into “Enhancements” that now include set-asides for bicycle trails, old railway routes and conservation easements.
The Law Offices of Terry T. Campo PLLC and its team (at The Campo Group, Ltd.) have worked in each of these sectors and on a wide range of issues advising clients regarding legal and policy issues for project development and implementation. Our lawyers and other professionals have significant experience with laws governing highway, public transit, airports and seaports, public-private partnerships, and finance—as well as their policy justifications. We have long-established relationships with former Transportation Secretaries from four of the last five Presidential Administrations, along with the current Administration, as well as the Chairs of the key Congressional Committees. Our firm’s principal, Terry T. Campo, was recruited by several of them to head the U.S. Department of Transportation's pipelines, HAZMAT, and space divisions during the Reagan and Bush Administrations. Other lawyers and professionals on our team include the Executive Director, General Counsel and Congressional Relations’ head of Chicago-area regional transportation authorities and the federal mass transit agency.
Terry T. Campo is also a historical aviation enthusiast and member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, as well as the U.S. Parachute Association.