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

Transportation Technology

Tuning to the Same Frequency on Spectrum

March 03,2023 The chaotic rollout of the 5G broadband network in January 2022 was a global embarrassment for the United States. Recall, that telecommunication companies purchased part of the spectrum and wanted to...
Air Traffic Control,Airlines,Aviation,Aviation Safety,Aviation Workforce,Unmanned Aerial Systems

House T&I Holds Wide-Ranging Aviation Hearing

February 10,2023 On Tuesday, February 7, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a broad hearing on aviation as a first step in the reauthorization process for the federal aviation law, which...
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Media Mentions & Commentary

Smart Cities Dive |
March 21,2023 | Local governance,Regional governance

Cities See Hyperlocal ‘Activity Centers’ Key to Sustainable Growth, Less Car Dependency

“This is a model for concentrated future growth,” said Robert Puentes, president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. “It’s less about just concentrating [homes and jobs] so that people can use transit to get to those parts of the region, [and more about] trying to concentrate more of the work and play around […]
TV Technology |
February 28,2023 | Aviation,Federal Governance

New Report Urges Reform of Spectrum-Allocation Process

“While the immediate crisis was averted, it exposed critical and interrelated gaps and failures in the process and policies used for efficiently allocating spectrum,” said Robert Puentes, president and CEO of Eno, who co-authored the report. Share
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