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.

Transportation May Be Left Out of Permitting Reform

As part of his deal with Democratic leaders to gain his support for the budget reconciliation bill, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has also...

Biden Names Former CO, DE Transportation Chief Shailen Bhatt to Head FHWA

President Biden yesterday nominated Shailen Bhatt, former secretary of transportation in two different state governments (Colorado and...

Phil Washington Nominated to Run FAA

As predicted in the Seattle Times on June 9, President Biden on July 6 announced that he has selected Phil Washington, the head of the...

The Present and the Future of Women Leading Transportation

Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International, headquartered in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1977. The 8,000+ member...

DOT Launches 5-Year, $1B Grant Program Targeting Highway Removal and More

The Biden administration this week kicked off a first-of-its-kind federal grant program to help communities nationwide address...

Nominations News: Senate Panel OK’s FMCSA Head, MWAA Board Member; POTUS Makes STB Nominee; Sully Out at ICAO

There was a smattering of transportation nomination news in Washington this week. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation...

Inflation Poses biggest threat to IIJA rollout: U.S. DOT official

“Externally our biggest headwind is the current economic environment,” said Katie Thomson, director of the Bipartisan...

Phil Washington Rumored for FAA Administrator

Yesterday, the Seattle Times reported that Denver International Airport CEO Phil Washington, the former head of the Los Angeles County...

Webinar: The IIJA in Play: Six Months Later

In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the single largest infrastructure spending...

Pivoting from Mobility on Demand to Food Delivery: Lessons from the MOD Pilot in Los Angeles

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted transit agencies across the country to quickly modify service, protect the health of passengers and...

Senate Confirms Cliff, Coes; Biden Appoints New Port/Supply Envoy

The Senate this week cleared two more pending nominees by President Biden to senior positions in the Department of Transportation: ...

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,...

Be Part of the Conversation
Sign up to receive news, events, publications, and course notifications.
No thanks