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.

Democrats to Struggle Going ‘Solo’ on Main Parts of Highway Bill

Jeff Davis said highway bills passed using regular order have been able to inject funding into the highway trust fund to keep it...

Trottenberg Gets Good Reception At Senate Confirmation Hearing

Polly Trottenberg, President Biden's nominee to serve as Deputy Secretary of Transportation, got a good reception March 3 at her...

As Democrats bring back earmarks for transportation projects, billions of dollars from years ago sits unused

Eno's Jeff Davis discusses the recent history of earmarks as Congress debates their reintroduction.  

Senate Public Works Panel Kicks Off 2021 Infrastructure Hearings

This week, the Senate Environment and Public Work Committee’s hearing on infrastructure investment set some incredibly lofty goals...

House Democrats prep changes to coronavirus relief package

Jeff Davis discusses the transportation aspects of the latest coronavirus relief package.  

Biden’s Economic Legacy at Stake as Next Package Takes Shape

“There’s a lot of appetite to do something this year,” said Jeff Davis. “But there seems to be no appetite to pay for...

Workshop: Everything You Need to Know About Surface Transportation Funding and Policy

This webinar was held live exclusively for members and alumni.  A new administration on the Hill means new staff, new priorities,...

Senate Juggles Subcommittee Chairmanships; Hawaii’s Schatz to Take Over DOT Appropriations

The Senate Appropriations Committee has seen a major shakeup in the leadership of its powerful subcommittee chairmanships, with Brian...

Biden Starts Infrastructure Outreach to Congress with Senate Public Works

President Joe Biden kicked off his campaign of in-person outreach to Congress on infrastructure legislation by meeting in the Oval...

Buttigieg Sworn In As SecDOT, While New Personnel Announced

Pete Buttigieg was sworn in as the 19th United States Secretary of Transportation on the morning of February 3, following a successful...

Senate (Finally) Organizes, Names Committee Assignments for 117th Congress

Yesterday, at long last, the U.S. Senate organized itself for the 117th Congress, one month after that Congress actually convened. A...

New Biden Order Creates Federal Climate-Focused Policy Coordination

President Biden signed a new executive order on January 27 adopting new policies and policymaking structure regarding climate change...

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