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

Airlines,Aviation Safety

Op-Ed: Opening Up Global Air Travel—Safely

May 28,2021 One of the indelible effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is the dramatic decrease in air travel. Now that parts of the world are starting to open back up, there is good reason for optimism that...
Leadership,Public transit,Workforce development

Recapping the 2021 Eno/MAX Program Kickoff

April 30,2021 For the past five years, Eno has partnered with nine major transit agencies on a peer-to-peer collaborative leadership and professional development initiative. Since its inception, the Eno/MAX...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

Star Tribune |
May 08,2021 | Public health,Public transit

With transit thrown off track, rush hour may never be the same

As society eases into a new normal, said Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation in Washington, D.C., “Transit agencies and the political leaders that support them need to stick to the fundamentals, more frequent and reliable service. That was the best way to attract transit riders before the pandemic. It […]
ABC News |
April 30,2021 | Funding & Finance,Infrastructure

How ‘Amtrak Joe’ Biden’s infrastructure push could put rail back on track in the US

Robert Puentes, the president and CEO of the nonprofit Eno Center for Transportation, told ABC News that for decades the federal government’s approach to transportation policy “has been in kind of a stasis situation, where nothing has really evolved that much.” Share
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