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.

Senate Panel Approves DOT, FMC Nominees, but Sen. Scott Puts Hold on All DOT Noms

On November 17, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved two more Presidential nominees for transportation...

Buttigieg’s star rises as $1T Biden agenda shifts toward him

“Armed with that much money and significant latitude in how to spend it, Buttigieg is poised to be the most influential secretary of...

Analysis: U.S. infrastructure bill makes power broker of transportation chief Buttigieg

"We've never had a (transportation) secretary who's had that much authority before," said Jeff Davis, an analyst at the Eno Center for...

Here’s how long it may take Biden’s infrastructure package to jolt the economy

"We could see a lot more contracts going out next year in advance of spring construction," said Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the...

The false claim that only 11 percent of the infrastructure bill goes to ‘real infrastructure’

“Together, that is $257.5 billion in above-baseline spending for capital improvements to infrastructure that is, in almost all...

State and Local Push on Infrastructure Finally Pays Off

“This is orders of magnitude more discretion than has ever been given to a secretary of transportation before about being able to...

AP FACT CHECK: Biden hypes $1T bill impact on electric cars

Once the bill is signed into law, for instance, about $1 billion — the first year of $5 billion of the $7.5 billion in EV funding...

Infrastructure Bill Gives Biden Administration Greater Say Over Projects

The legislation sets guidelines for how applicants are to be evaluated, said Jeff Davis, senior fellow at the Eno Center for...

How the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Aims to Affect Americans’ Lives

The sheer magnitude of the dollars is important, said Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno Center for Transportation, but a shift...

House Passes Bill Naming USDOT Headquarters Building After Norm Mineta

On November 4, the House of Representatives passed a bill (H.R. 4679) naming the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters...

White House Names 3 More DOT Nominees; 4 Others Approved in Committee

This week, President Biden transmitted three more U.S. Department of Transportation nominees to the Senate, while the Commerce, Science...

White House Issues First Round of NEPA Regulation Re-Rewrites

This week, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued the first of multiple forthcoming rules undoing changes made by the Trump...

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