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.

Three Ideas for Big City Departments of Transportation

The United States is increasingly a metropolitan nation, with more of the population concentrating in urban areas. The largest of these...

Is It Time to Dismantle the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey?

BY DAVID Z. PLAVIN Like living organisms, public authorities seem to have a finite life cycle. They come into being to serve a...

The Challenge of National Freight Policy: How to Pay For It?

2014 could be the year that a national freight policy begins to take focus in a new authorization bill. There have been several...

Completing Projects With Less Funding: Sound Transit’s Success Story

BY JONI EARL Chief Executive Officer Sound Transit Many transit agencies were hit hard by the recession; what added dimension to...

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2013 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2013   January 16, 2013 issue January 21, 2013 update ...

Labor Day on the Roads, Thanksgiving in the Skies

BY ROGER DOW President and CEO, U.S. Travel Association Last weekend millions of Americans struggled to get where they wanted to go...

Is a Gas Tax Increase Actually Desirable?

New proposed legislation in the House has generated some excitement, at least in the media, about the possibility of a gas tax increase...

Tolling and Transit: An Emerging Nexus

BY EDWARD J. REGAN Senior Vice President, CDM Smith MICHAEL TOWNES VICE PRESIDENT, TRANSIT SERVICES LEADER, CDM SMITH Neither...

Three Steps to Improving Intercity Transportation in the Amtrak Reauthorization

With the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) heading to conference, the legislative action on infrastructure and...

Bottom Line Thoughts on the Marine Transportation System

BY PAUL BEA PHB Public Affairs Earlier this summer the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO),...

A Wholesale Tax on Gasoline: What are the Policy Implications?

Senator Barbara Boxer made headlines, at least in the small transportation world, when she said that she was leaning towards the idea...

The Federal Role in Institutional Change

In the run-up to the last authorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), metropolitan regions had their...

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