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.

House Members Request $20.8 Billion in Earmarks

Now that Congress has brought back earmarking, House members have filed requests for 5,267 projects totaling $20.75 billion. House...

Fernandez Faces Senate Confirmation Hearing. (Again.)

Nuria Fernandez appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on May 11 to testify at her confirmation hearing in support of her...

Definition of “Equity” Elusive at Senate Hearing

The buzzword "equity" is all over President Biden's American Jobs Plan, used in that context to refer to fair transportation outcomes...

Four More Transportation Nominees Announced by White House

The White House yesterday announced President Biden's intent to nominate four more individuals to senior positions at the U.S....

Senate Confirms Trottenberg; White House Officially Nominates 4 More to Senior DOT Posts

Polly Trottenberg is finally an official employee of the U.S. Department of Transportation. She was sworn in as Deputy Secretary on...

Stakeholders Advocate Action on Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

“It’s got a chance but threading the needle in a six vote majority House and a 50-50 Senate is awfully difficult and, if they’re...

America Has Long Favored Cars Over Trains and Buses. Can Biden Change That?

“When a lot of money is raining down from the top, states and localities will do whatever they can to get that money,” said Paul...

Officials and Stakeholders React to President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

On Wednesday, March 31st, President Joe Biden unveiled his "American Jobs Plan." President Biden’s latest investment proposal stands...

White House plan calls for large expansion of federal government’s role in transportation

The Biden administration is calling for $365 billion in highway spending, $189 billion for transit and $94 billion for rail over five...

Rapid Response Webinar: Biden’s American Jobs Plan and Transportation

The White House just released a detailed summary of President Biden's $2.3 trillion federal investment plan, the "American Jobs Plan."...

A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways

Eno's Jeff Davis suggests that if the government isn’t willing to increase taxes on highway users, it should reduce spending from the...

Buttigieg Faces First Congressional Hearing as SecDOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for five hours...

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