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

Amtrak,Commuter Rail,Rail Safety,Railroads,Safety & Security

Op-Ed: Recognizing the Reasons for Railroad Deaths

October 08,2021 While we do not yet know the precise cause of the recent Amtrak derailment in Montana, the response was swift. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) immediately dispatched a team to...

Eno President and CEO: Comments to the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council

September 24,2021 This article is a transcript of comments made by Eno’s President and CEO, Robert Puentes, to the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council.  Good afternoon Madam Chairman,...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

The New York Times |
August 28,2021 | Commuter Rail,Rail

Commuter trains have kept rolling. Will all those riders ever return?

“The commuter railroads have been really hammered during the pandemic,” said Robert Puentes, president of the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington. “It’s hard to overstate the transformations that are happening because of this pandemic.” Share
Action News Now |
August 15,2021 | Amtrak,Infrastructure,Rail

The infrastructure bill is more about maintaining train service than upgrading it

“Amtrak was set up to fail,” Robert Puentes, CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation told CNN Business. “It wasn’t designed to last as long as it has.” Share
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