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


House Budget Panel Looks at Need for Federal Investment in Infrastructure

September 26,2019 Any Congressional hearing focusing on “America’s Infrastructure” is bound to be wide ranging. This week’s House Committee on the Budget hearing on the subject was no...
Highways,Managed lanes,Tolls,Traffic

Cold Water from Congress on Congestion Pricing

September 13,2019 Congress was back in town this week and the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit jumped in with a timely hearing on congestion pricing and tolling. Charging a fee for the busiest parts of the...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

Reuters |
May 13,2019

China to bid on D.C. Metro rail deal as national security hawks circle

Robert Puentes posits the necessity of "strong transit agency oversight" in lowering the risk of espionage via transit technologies, while mentioning the benefits of cost-efficient transit technologies on the flip-side of the CRRC argument.
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