Robert Puentes

Robert Puentes

Robert Puentes is President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation a non-profit think tank with the mission of improving transportation policy and leadership. Prior to joining Eno, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program where he directed the program’s Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative. He is currently a non-resident senior fellow with Brookings. Before Brookings, Robert was the director of infrastructure programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

Robert has worked extensively on a variety of transportation issues, including infrastructure funding and finance, and city and urban planning. He is a frequent speaker to a variety of groups, a regular contributor in newspapers and other media, and has testified before Congressional committees. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia where he served on the Alumni Advisory Board, and was an affiliated professor with Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute.

Robert serves on a variety of boards including the Shared-Use Mobility Center, UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies, and Young Professionals in Transportation. Recent appointments include the Federal Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity, New York State’s 2100 Infrastructure Commission; the Advisory Council of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Transportation Reinvention Commission; the District of Columbia’s Streetcar Financing and Governance Task Force; the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority’s Technical Advisory Committee; and the Falls Church, Virginia Planning Commission where he lives with his wife and three sons.

Eno Transportation Weekly Articles

Local governance,Pedestrian,Public transit,Regional governance,State Governance,Streets

Transportation at the Ballot Box: What to Watch

November 04,2022 On Election Day next week, voters in at least 21 states will decide on hundreds of important questions related to transportation investments, policy, and practice in their states, regions, and...

Increasing Historically Disadvantaged Participation in Infrastructure Contracting

October 28,2022 The bi-partisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) is lauded for delivering necessary funding to a range of projects. Specific projects, programs, and priorities have been highlighted that...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

Planetizen |
November 08,2022 | Ballot Measures,Federal Governance,Public transit

The Elections and Transportation

An article by Robert Puentes and Jonathan Hammond for the Eno Center for Transportation describes the various ballot measures that will affect transportation around the country. “All told, over $130 billion in spending over the next 20 years could be affected.” Share
The White House |
October 13,2022 | Federal Governance,Public transit,USDOT

Fact Sheet: The Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Action Plan to Accelerate Infrastructure

The Eno Center for Transportation is conducting a study for the Federal Transit Administration, focused on upgrading the skills of public sector project managers, a critical link in the effort to improve project delivery. Share
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