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

Aircraft,Airports,Aviation,Public/Private Partnerships

St. Louis Pulls Bid to Privatize its Airport

January 24,2020 In the late 1990s, the St. Louis Lambert International Airport was the nation’s 15th-largest, with more traffic than Seattle-Tacoma, New York LaGuardia, or Charlotte Douglas. Lambert was once...
Eno Announcements,Local governance,Project Delivery,Transit

Eno Project Seeks to Understand Transit Costs/Delivery

January 03,2020 A recent subway extension in New York City cost around $2.5 billion per mile to build while another under central Paris cost only $250 million per mile. While certain distinctions in the projects...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

WTOP |
December 14,2019

More bus lanes coming to DC streets in 2020

The transformation that we’re looking for is a radical re-commitment to the bus,” Eno Center for Transportation President Rob Puentes said. Share
The Washington Post |
December 09,2019

Business groups that helped win Metro funding launch campaign to improve region’s bus service

Robert Puentes discusses how private-sector pressure was needed to achieve the D.C. metro’s new funding goals. Share
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