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 Passes Two-Month HTF Extension at 1:40 a.m.

May 23, 2015 At 1:40 a.m. this morning, the U.S. Senate passed H.R. 2353, the two-month extension of Highway Trust Fund spending...

Imploring Senate Committee to Guarantee Stable Funding, Not Just Address FAA Structure

On May 19, I testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at its hearing on Federal Aviation...

A Bold Call for Major Change to Correct an Unacceptable Funding Problem

The United States and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are considered the gold standard for aviation across the globe. Our...

Executive Earmarking: Fair Criticism or Not?

The federal role in surface transportation is changing. While the federal government still provides approximately 45% of the capital...

Two-Month HTF Extension Goes Before House Tomorrow

May 18, 2015 The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today on H.R. 2353, a two-month, $8.4 billion extension of...

House To Move Two-Month HTF Extension

May 15, 2015 House leaders have decided to move a two-month extension of the Highway Trust Fund contract authority and expenditure...

1978 White House Strategy Memo on Trucking and Rail Deregulation Proposals

May 13, 2015 Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing on the 35th anniversary of the Staggers Rail...

1975 White House Freight Rail Assistance Decision Memo

May 8, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is from 40 years ago - the briefing papers prepared for President Ford in late...

1993 Robert Rubin Memo to President Clinton on Energy Taxes

May 1, 2015 This week’s ETW Document of the Week is a memo sent to President Clinton on February 5, 1993 by his chief economic...

House’s FY 2016 USDOT Appropriations Bill Cuts Discretionary Spending, Freezes Major HTF Accounts; Bans Some Cuba Travel

April 28, 2015 The House Appropriations Committee released the full text of the proposed Transportation-Housing appropriations bill...

Talking Transportation Dollars and Sense: The Future of Funding

Nossaman transportation policy expert Edward Kussy and rail veteran Kevin Sheys assess the relative merits of the federal...

Virginia’s Commitment to Transit Funding Creates a Wealth of New Projects Benefiting the Commonwealth

Virginia has a long history of commitment to mass transit. The Washington, D.C. region's Metro system, the result of a 1967 interstate...

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