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Media Mentions

Mass Transit Magazine |
October 14,2016

BART’s Future on Line: Can Transit System Gain Voters’ Trust?

Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, an independent nonprofit think tank, likened BART's situation to that of the New York subway, and other older transit systems, in the 1970s, when they were on the verge of collapse and in need of major investments. He said it's time for BART, Washington Metro and Atlanta's metro system, all opened in the 1970s, to fix themselves.
Bloomberg BNA |
October 05,2016

Hoboken Crash No Barometer of Rail Safety, Group Says

The fact that many of the biggest public transit systems along the East Coast, like Metro-North, are also among the nation's oldest creates more challenges, Paul Lewis, vice president of policy and finance at the Eno Center for Transportation, said. He said it very expensive to retrofit all of the trains in those systems with PTC.
Wall Street Journal |
September 30,2016

New Jersey Train Crash Heightens Rail-Safety Concerns

Robert Puentes, chief executive of the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C., said it remained to be seen whether the string of crashes would lead riders to shift to transit modes such as cars or potentially move. He pointed to Washington’s Metro as an example of system where a spate of accidents and unreliability led to ridership declines. Mr. Puentes said transit agencies could pay for technology upgrades if they make it a priority. “We know haven’t taken full advantage of...
The American Prospect |
September 30,2016

Transportation Secretary Foxx Moves to Heal Scars of Urban Renewal

“Foxx has taken a different tack than previous secretaries, especially in his recognition that transportation investments can connect people, but can also separate people,” says Robert Puentes, president of the Eno Transportation Center, an independent Washington think tank. “Foxx’s lasting legacy will be the recognition that transportation is about something broader—it’s about connecting people. That thinking can ripple throughout the system.”
The Wall Street Journal |
September 26,2016

Denver’s Transit System Makes Tracks

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation provided more than $1 billion for Denver's FasTracks expansion. But private-sector investment and management has been pivotal for RTD, according to Robert Puentes, president of the Washington, D.C.-based Eno Center for Transportation, which promotes public transit.
The Verge |
September 19,2016

Rules of the road for self-driving cars set to be released

Paul Lewis, vice president of policy at the Eno Center for Transportation, said its unclear how rigorous this data sharing with the government will be. "None of these [safety points] have standards associated with them," Lewis said. "It could be that a tech firm will write, ‘We will consider safety.’ Is that enough? It’s hard to judge what the value of this is."
The Hill |
September 16,2016

Don’t ground the American economy

Here we go again. With the end of the fiscal year looming, Congress is making noise about shutting down the federal government. While it looks like Washington may figure out a short-term spending bill to keep the government open we know this won’t be the last time the nation faces a potential shutdown.
U.S. News and World Report |
September 16,2016

Voters Are in the Driver’s Seat

This November, the power of the state and local governments in the American electoral process will be forcefully demonstrated. But in addition to the presidential drama, another election story, with dramatic lessons about state and local influence, will play out as Americans in nearly half the states vote on important questions related to transportation investments in their regions.
The Morning Call |
September 08,2016

Northampton County’s upcoming bridge project is breaking the mold

The P3 model is being used in other places across the country, but its success record has been mixed, said Emily Han, a P3 policy expert for the Eno Center for Transportation, a transportation think-tank based out of Washington, D.C. In order for the P3s to work well, governments need to dive into the details and divvy up who is accountable for different scenarios that may delay work or damage infrastructure.
Marketplace |
September 06,2016

Where do infrastructure dollars produce the most gain?

Though it's hard to make national comparisons, the good news for empiricists is that more infrastructure decisions are merit-based, incorporating cost-benefit analyses. It turns out big, cement-pouring projects to deliver new long-distance highway or rail networks tend not to deliver the highest benefit. Robert Puentes, CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation think tank, said the country's nation-building phase is in the past.
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