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.

State and Local Traffic Enforcement Reforms Gain Traction

In the wake of the national reckoning with racial injustice and policing, states and cities began re-evaluating their approach to...

Revised Version of House Democratic Transportation Bill to Be Marked Up Tomorrow

Yesterday, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee released a revised version of the INVEST in America...

Op-Ed: Federal Transportation Policy’s Prerequisites

The future of the federal surface transportation program is uncertain and clouded by an ever-widening range of parallel and perhaps...

Senate Likely to Amend Buy America Bill to Exempt Aggregates and Cement

After two weeks of floor debate and many amendments, the U.S. Senate is on the edge of passing S. 1260, a bill intended to revitalize...

Pending Senate Bill Would Alter Buy America Requirements

The U.S. Senate is in the middle of considering the "Endless Frontier Act" (S. 1260) – an umbrella bill assembled by Majority Leader...

Frustration on Progress, Concern About Noise are Key Topics at House NextGen ATC Roundtable

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation held a virtual roundtable this week on air traffic control (ATC)...

House Members Request $20.8 Billion in Earmarks

Now that Congress has brought back earmarking, House members have filed requests for 5,267 projects totaling $20.75 billion. House...

Fernandez Faces Senate Confirmation Hearing. (Again.)

Nuria Fernandez appeared before the Senate Banking Committee on May 11 to testify at her confirmation hearing in support of her...

Definition of “Equity” Elusive at Senate Hearing

The buzzword "equity" is all over President Biden's American Jobs Plan, used in that context to refer to fair transportation outcomes...

Panelists continue push for integrated transit

“Why does my bus not run on time?” asked Paul Lewis of the Eno Center for Transportation. “A lot of it boils down to...

Four More Transportation Nominees Announced by White House

The White House yesterday announced President Biden's intent to nominate four more individuals to senior positions at the U.S....

Senate Confirms Trottenberg; White House Officially Nominates 4 More to Senior DOT Posts

Polly Trottenberg is finally an official employee of the U.S. Department of Transportation. She was sworn in as Deputy Secretary on...

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