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.

Administration Releases AV 4.0 Document

The Trump Administration today released the fourth iteration of a federal government policy statement on automated vehicles (AVs). The...

New Session of Congress Begins Amidst Lack of Certainty

The Second Session of the One Hundred Sixteenth Congress began at noon today, but the agenda for the House and Senate, at least in the...

Most Pending Transportation Nominations Sent Back to White House

The First Session of the 116th Congress ended at noon today, per the Constitution. And, per clause 5 of Senate Rule XXXI, "Nominations...

Recent Transit Strikes Show the Pitfalls of Contracting Services for the Wrong Reasons

Unlike many of their counterparts in Europe and Asia, most public transit agencies in the United States directly operate fixed-route...

Eno Project Seeks to Understand Transit Costs/Delivery

A recent subway extension in New York City cost around $2.5 billion per mile to build while another under central Paris cost only $250...

Senate Committee Approves Several Aviation Bills

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on December 11 approved five aviation-related pieces of legislation. War...

DOT Releases Updated Highway-Transit-Freight Conditions and Performance Report

A long-awaited new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation was quietly released last week (two years late) and indicates that...

Senate Committee Looks at Federal Roles in AV Safety

On Wednesday, November 20, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a hearing on the safety of highly automated...

Senate Confirms USDOT Budget, FMC Nominees

The U.S. Senate on November 21 confirmed two Trump Administration nominees for transportation posts, by unanimous consent. John...

USDOT Announces $883M in FY19 BUILD Grant Recipients

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that 55 projects in 35 states will be receiving grants under the fiscal year...

FY 2019 BUILD Grants: Meeting the Terms of the FY 2019 DOT Appropriations Act

Here are the terms written into the text of the fiscal 2019 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act (Title I of Division G of...

Transit and Road Measures Fare Well, but State Revenue Collection Takes a Hit: Takeaways from Election Night

Throughout 2019, voters in 31 states decided on over 200 transportation-related ballot measures totaling nearly $19 billion in...

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