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.

A gas tax? A mileage tax? Biden wary of user fees to pay for roads, bridges and highways

Eno's Jeff Davis suggests that if the government isn’t willing to increase taxes on highway users, it should reduce spending from the...

Buttigieg Faces First Congressional Hearing as SecDOT

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for five hours...

Senate Committee Hearing on Rebuilding America’s Transportation Infrastructure

On March 24, 2021, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation met for a hearing entitled, “Driving the Road to...

Trottenberg Nomination Will Be First Senate Business When Easter-Passover Recess Ends

Before the Senate left town yesterday for the traditional two-week Easter-Passover recess, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)...

What’s Doable If Democrats Go It Alone on Infrastructure

Congress could tweak the rate of the motor fuels tax -- the main source of money for the Highway Trust Fund -- under reconciliation...

The Last Time A Surface Transportation Bill Was Earmarked: SAFETEA-LU’s “Above-the-Line” Highway Earmarks

(Since the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee recently announced that his panel will bring back...

State-by-State Distribution of SAFETEA-LU “Above-the-Line” Highway Earmarks

This is a 2-page PDF table from the January 17, 2006 issue of Transportation Weekly that shows the state-by-state distribution of the...

Proceed With Caution Regarding Transportation Earmarks, Stakeholders Say

Jeff Davis hopes lawmakers will tread cautiously. “I just hope they can restrain themselves,” he said.  

Transportation gets a big boost in recovery package but still faces an uncertain future

Jeff Davis said funding in the new measure will provide transit agencies with enough money to weather the pandemic, providing a cushion...

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.  

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