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,State Governance,Transit

Op-Ed: To Fix Baltimore’s Transit System, Local Funding, Oversight Needed

December 11,2020 As the nation’s public health crisis rages on, the Baltimore region’s buses remain busy transporting essential workers and residents who depend on it each day. Transit is literally a lifeline...
Regional governance,Transit

Debra Johnson Tapped to Run Denver Transit

August 28,2020 This week, the board of Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) chose Debra Johnson to be its next chief executive officer and general manager. The agency was operating under an...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

Vox |
December 14,2020

Public transit in the US is already underfunded. The pandemic has made it worse.

“Transit is going through a catastrophic moment, and it’s hard to overstate how challenging the threats are,” said Robert Puentes. Share
Axios |
November 20,2020

Touchless travel could threaten airport jobs

But it’s the entire ecosystem around airports that faces workforce disruption, said Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, a nonprofit think tank. Share
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