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.

People With Skills: They Really Move Us

Asphalt and track, sensors and signals – these are essential elements of what moves us, but they can never be enough on their own. We...

Senate Adjourns for 5 Weeks After Clearing Budget Deal, Nominees

A week after the House of Representatives left town for the remainder of the summer, the U.S. Senate followed suit today, after...

FAA Administrator Confirmed, and his Deputy Gets to Keep His Job

The Federal Aviation Administration will finally have a permanent Administrator for the first time since January 7, 2018. After being...

FAA, STB Nominees Advanced in Senate

Stephen Dickson, nominee for the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), had his nomination advanced from the...

Senate Holds FAA Administrator’s Confirmation Hearing

Stephen Dickson, the nominee for Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science,...

GAO Repeats Its Call for a More Transparent, Consistent Selection for INFRA Grants

This week the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $856 million in new federal grants for transportation projects through its...

New GAO Report Finds Issues, Posits Few Solutions

July 26, 2019 Support for capital investments in public transit is high in the United States. Evidence for this can be found in...

Spotlight on Measure M

This week, Eno released an important new paper from UCLA’s Michael Manville about one of the most significant transportation ballot...

GAO Recommends FTA Improve its Cost Estimate Guidance for New Starts

This week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a new report recommending that the Federal Transit Administration expand...

Senate Panel Approves Bill Making FAST-41 Permitting Reforms Permanent

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs approved a bill (S. 1976) that would make the...

USDOT Announces 20 More INFRA Grants for FY19

July 25, 2019 Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the recipients of the fiscal year 2019 round of INFRA grant...

Hearing: The Role of Research on the Road to Reauthorization

In advance of the impending surface transportation reauthorization, the House Science Committee’s Subcommittee on Research and...

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