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.

Eno Releases First Iteration of Transit Construction Cost Database

A growing cadre of researchers, advocates, and experts are asking: why does it cost so much to build infrastructure, particularly...

New Chairmen, Ranking Members of House Committees Selected

This week, House party caucuses selected almost all of the new committee chairmen and ranking minority members for the upcoming 117th...

Biden Announces Economic Team, but No SecDOT (Yet)

President-elect Joe Biden announced the key members of his proposed economic team this week, but still has not announced his choice to...

US House Update: 8 Seat Dem Loss Could Rise to 10

This is your Friday morning November 20 update, and California and New York are still counting ballots, 17 days after Election...

Returning Committee Members for the 117th Congress

There will be remarkably little turnover on key transportation committees in the next Congress. While there were a number of...

Barrasso Will Leave Highway Chairmanship

Senate Environment and Public Works chairman John Barrasso (R-WY) announced on November 18 that, if Republicans retain control of the...

How Will 2021 Resemble 2009?

America is in the midst of a major, ongoing crisis, and the American people have voted to switch party control of the White House. The...

Transit Reform for Maryland: New Models for Accountability, Stability, and Equity

The Central Maryland area of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, and...

Significant Changes in Transportation Leadership Expected in Senate

Republicans have term limits on committee chairmen and ranking minority members, and Democrats don’t. This means that, assuming the...

Democrats Seen With Advantage As Election Day Looms

The federal midterm elections are Tuesday, November 3, and Democrats appear to have early voting and overall enthusiasm advantages to...

Major Transit Expansions, Gig Worker Regulations, and Sidewalks: 10 Measures to Watch on Election Day

Millions of Americans have already cast their ballots in record breaking numbers in the run up to next Tuesday’s general election. In...

Alan S. Boyd, 1922-2020: His Transportation Policy Legacy

Alan Stephenson Boyd, the first U.S. Secretary of Transportation, died on Sunday, October 18 at his assisted living facility in...

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