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.

Metro’s Recurring Problems Raise Questions About Oversight, Management

With most transportation systems, it is clear who is responsible, said Robert Puentes, president of the Eno Center for Transportation,...

Senate Confirms Petsonk Nomination

The U.S. Senate on May 18 confirmed Annie Petsonk to be Assistant Secretary of Transportation for Aviation and International Affairs....

Senate Confirms Three More USDOT Nominees

This week, the U.S. Senate confirmed three more pending nominees for senior positions at the U.S. Department of Transportation. ...

Mineta and Wachs: Two Giants Remembered

The transportation community lost two giants when Norm Mineta and Marty Wachs both passed away just over one year apart from one...

Looking Beyond Infrastructure Week

Looking Beyond Infrastructure Week Infrastructure Week 2022 starts on Monday, May 16. After a decade of coordinated (and...

Biden’s Cure for High Gasoline Prices? The 2021 Infrastructure Bill

"The Biden infrastructure law should produce reduced demand for gasoline once projects now being allocated funding [are]...

Transit agencies struggle to access funding, rights-of-way, due to complex governance structures

Public transit agencies are busy creating new strategies to deal with multiple problems, said Paul Lewis, chief finance officer...

Buttigieg Talks Workforce, IIJA Implementation With Senate Panel

Transportation workforce issues were front and center when Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg testified before the Senate...

Norman Mineta as Mayor and Legislator

Some parts of the life story of Norman Mineta, who passed away this week at the age of 90, are nationally famous – how his family’s...

Biden Signs Bill Renaming USDOT Headquarters

President Biden today signed the bill S. 400 into law, naming the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters building the "William...

Workforce Issues Front-and-Center in Congress

Last year, the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) released a report concluding that the United States is...

White House Issues IIJA “Stewardship” Guidance

The Biden Administration today issued a "stewardship" memo to all federal agencies regarding their implementation of the bipartisan...

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