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.

House Members Review Current EV Development

It may seem a bit “shocking,” but the share of electric vehicles (EV) in the US is increasing. With more than 400,000 EVs in...

Guest Op-Ed: The Real Danger of Mandatory Reciprocal Switching Is Freight Rail Stagnation

On March 15, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) will hold a hearing on a 2016 regulatory proposal that would amend agency policy...

Guest Op-Ed: The Rise of Delivery as a Service

Everyday life entirely changed for most when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic on March 11, 2020....

What’s in the FY22 Omnibus: US Department of Transportation

Following is a summary of the USDOT funding in the omnibus appropriations bills. Readers are also encouraged to download this PDF...

Rapid Response Webinar: A Debrief on the Omnibus Appropriations Package

Congress may have just released the text of its $1.5 trillion omnibus appropriations package, but Jeff Davis already has you...

Sec. Buttigieg Defends DOT’s Implementation of Infrastructure Bill Before Senate

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week at a hearing...

Guest Op-Ed: Alternative Traffic Enforcement to Re-Center Road Safety

Transportation has become the most policed aspect of daily life in the United States. The most frequent interactions between police and...

Guest Op-Ed: Repurposed Streets + Small Vehicles = Big Wins for Climate, Safety, and Justice

Three-quarters of the U.S. population resides in cities and suburbs which share a common denominator: proximity to destinations. As a...

A History of the Secretary’s Ability to Approve (or Disapprove) Highway Projects

The release of an unusual "policy statement" by the Federal Highway Administration in mid-December 2021 sparked a partisan row over...

Transportation and Infrastructure Mentions in the State of the Union Address, 2000-2021

As we all await President Biden's State of the Union address tonight, it is worth looking back at the times that recent Presidents have...

For Pete’s Sake! Sec. Buttigieg Won’t Push Back on States that Ignore Equity, Climate Guidelines

The Federal Highway Administration guidelines are, in fact, advisories that are not legally binding, as Jeff Davis of the Eno...

Links to the Text of Major Highway and Mass Transit Authorization Laws

Links to the Text of Major Highway and Mass Transit Authorization Laws 2021 IIJA (Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), a.k.a....

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