Governance

Issues & Modes / Governance

Governance is at the core of any transportation issue. Public, private, and nonprofit actors are the machinery that enables the economy to function, compete effectively for employers and labor, and foster innovation. The ability of agencies to respond to changing and expanding demands varies across the country as is shaped to a large extent by a range of different institutional and organizational structures. Governance determines who makes decisions about capital and operating plans and sets out a process for how those decisions are made. Each structure has its own implications for funding, equitable and effective service patterns, and economic growth.

Buttigieg Impresses Senate Committee at Confirmation Hearing

Pete Buttigieg, President Biden's nominee to serve as U.S. Secretary of Transportation, survived his confirmation hearing before a...

White House Issues Regulatory Freeze, Orders Analysis and Rollback of Trump Regulations

On his first day in office, President Biden and his staff signed a series of orders intended to freeze, and where possible, roll back...

Trottenberg Leads Team of Biden Appointees to USDOT

As one of its last acts, the Biden transition on January 18 announced that Polly Trottenberg will be President Biden's nominee to be...

Buttigieg Confirmation Hearing Set for January 21

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has set a date for a confirmation hearing for South Bend, Indiana mayor (and...

Chao Resigns From DOT in Protest

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was the first Cabinet-level Trump official to resign in protest of President Trump's role in...

Party Control of Senate to Switch on Jan. 20

Democrats will soon have control of the U.S. Senate by the slimmest possible margin, to go along with a razor-thin margin of control in...

Senate Confirms New DOT Inspector General, but Other Nominees Still Waiting

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Trump's nominee to be Inspector General of the Department of Transportation by a...

A Preview of City and Agency Transportation Goals and Strategies in 2021

Most discussion about the outlook of U.S. transportation policy is focused on the incoming Biden administration and federal priorities....

10 Transportation Priorities for the Biden Administration

This week’s announcement of Mayor Pete Buttigieg ends rampant speculation about who might fill that top spot. Buttigieg will bring...

Final FY21 Appropriations Bill Gives $88 Billion to USDOT

Division L of the massive 5,600-page year-end funding bill is the regular Transportation-HUD appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021,...

New Census Data Shows State/Local Revenue Loss from COVID Uneven and Less than Anticipated

New data from the Census Bureau released last week shows that the aggregate state and local tax revenue losses this year from COVID and...

House Dems Name 7 New Members to T&I Committee

Quick question – how many Democratic Congressmen from the Boston area does it take to sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure...

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