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 Goes Nuclear (Again), Increasing Likelihood of Confirmation of Transportation Nominees

This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) used the so-called "nuclear option" to change Senate procedures to cut the...

Nicole R. Nason Confirmed as New Federal Highway Administrator

March 29, 2019 After more than two years without a Federal Highway Administrator, the U.S. Senate yesterday voted to confirm the...

Congress Questions Officials on Boeing 737 MAX and FAA Regulations

March 29, 2019 In response to the two recent Boeing 737 MAX plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, the Senate Subcommittee on...

Women Leaders: The Power of Opportunity – Looking Back on Eight Years as a Fed in Transportation

Throughout my time in federal service at the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), I had the honor of working under three...

Guest Op-Ed: Just Like Other Victories, Women Should Celebrate Progress in the Skies

March 28, 2019 Picture this: it’s still snowing outside, work is in that rare slow period, and you decide you want to use vacation...

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Markup: Funding Safe and Resilient Transportation Systems

March 28, 2019 The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee met March 27th to consider eight bills in a markup session: H.R....

Airport Investments Discussed in House Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing

March 29, 2019  On March 26, the House Aviation Subcommittee hosted a hearing, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investment in Our...

Senate Presses Secretary of Transportation on FAA Certification and FY20 Budget Requests

March 28, 2019 The Senate subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies held a hearing on...

Guest Op-Ed: Managed Lane Operators: Holding the Keys to a Connected and Autonomous Future

March 28, 2019 Dynamically-tolled managed lanes, such as the Express Lanes in Northern Virginia, are a perfect stepping stone...

Guest Op-Ed: Safety, Shutdowns, and Air Traffic Control

On January 25 2019, the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history ended after 35 days. As the government shutdown entered its...

Two Wheels. Environment. People.

“Well, I've been 'fraid of changin' 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder” – “Landslide”  by...

Senate GOP Budget Assumes Highway User Tax Increase

March 22, 2019 Earlier this afternoon, the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, Mike Enzi (R-WY), released the text of a draft...

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