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Eno Center for Transportation

2016 Progress Report

by the numbers

Numbers don't tell the whole story,

but this is a snapshot of Eno's growth since January 2016.


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ETW Articles Published

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Members of Alumni Network


Social Media Mentions

Opinion Editorials


Leadership Course Applications

Letter from the President

"As an organization, Eno values integrity, independence, objectivity, quality, and relevance. These core values are reflected in everything we do, every day, and will continue to be our core values. The real secret to Eno's success is that we are the hub of a network of incredibly talented and engaged stakeholders from across all modes of transportation, all levels of government, in both public and private organizations."

Robert Puentes

President & CEO, Eno Center for Transportation


The Eno Center for Transportation conducts research, organizes workshops, and convenes transportation experts on a variety of critical issues facing the transportation industry. Eno’s policy team takes an independent approach to all of our work, and we create pragmatic policy recommendations that are responsive to constrained public resources and political realities. To ensure the accuracy, objectiveness, and effectiveness of our final products, we work closely with industry stakeholders and experts, including Eno’s Working Groups, the Digital Cities Project Advisory Board, Eno’s Board of Advisors, and Eno’s Board of Directors.

Eno has four standing programs that cover major areas in transportation policy: aviation, freight, transportation finance, and the digital transportation revolution. The members of these working groups or respective advisory boards help to develop Eno research topics, inform the work, and comment on findings. Importantly, Eno includes both public and private sector officials on each board to ensure that our work products are balanced and useful to policymakers and industry alike. 

Eno’s Digital Cities program is exploring how technology is changing transportation systems, and how public policy can play a proactive role in encouraging innovative mobility while simultaneously maximizing public safety and public benefit. These technological innovations are revolutionizing the concept of mobility and accessibility for the better. But in order for that to be possible, policy makers must ensure that their decisions are encouraging, rather than inhibiting, innovation. Eno convened the Digital Cities advisory board for the first time in February 2016. This meeting helped to shape Eno's 2016 efforts, and led to the 2016 Convergence event, multiple webinars, and policy papers that cover automated vehicles, technology and transit, and innovative freight.

Digital Cities

Eno's Aviation Working Group is an effort to tackle some of the most challenging policy issues in aviation. Much of 2016 was spent conducting and advising research on reforms related to the certification of aircraft, air traffic control, and repair stations. This is a critical issue for the safety of U.S. airspace, as well as national competitiveness in the global economy. Eno will release the outcome of this effort in 2017. In early 2016, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee proposed reforming air traffic control, in line with the working group's 2015 recommendations. This group remains at the forefront of air traffic control reform policy discussions.​

Aviation Working Group

Eno's Transportation Finance Working Group is a standing advisory body on all matters relating to transportation funding and financing policy. The group, made up of diverse stakeholders, provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging transportation finance problems of today. This includes public and private partnerships, federal and local transportation finance problems of today.

Transportation Finance Working Group
Freight Working Group

Eno’s Freight Working Group is a standing advisory group on all matters relating to freight policy. This group of diverse stakeholders provides Eno staff with insights, knowledge, feedback, and guidance on how to approach some of the most challenging freight transportation problems of today. Looking forward, new innovations, ranging from self-driving technologies and delivery drones to advanced logistics systems, could transform many traditional freight markets. In concert with Eno's Digital Cities program, the Working Group is providing guidance on how to best shape future policies. Eno is examining how driverless trucks, trains, and ships could affect supply chains, and how public policies should respond.

Center for Transportation Leadership

Transit Mid-Manager Seminar (TMM)

Eno’s Transit Mid-Manager Seminar, an integral element of Eno’s leadership training program, is an intensive, weeklong course that provides mid-managers in the transit industry with the leadership and management skills needed to succeed. It is designed for mid-level managers at public and private transit operating companies, private sector partners, and federal and state transportation agencies. TMM was offered twice in 2016, from July 18-22nd in Seattle, WA hosted by King County Metro, and from October 17-21st in Chicago, IL hosted by Metra. Students heard from seasoned instructors as well as guest speakers such as Don Orseno, Executive Director/CEO of Metra, Kimberly Slaughter, Vice President, Central Region Transit Market of HDR Engineering Inc., and Rob Gannon, Interim GM, King Country Metro.

Transit Mid-Manager II Seminar (TMM2)

The Transit Mid-Manager Seminar: Level 2 is a course for graduates of the Eno Transit Mid-Manager Seminar. Students learn advanced skills that build upon concepts discussed at the first course, including communications, management techniques, and team building. Students will also benefit from several guest lectures delivered by senior transit professionals. The Transit Mid Manager Level 2 was offered in November in Newark, NJ hosted by New Jersey Transit. Students heard from one of Eno's seasoned instructors as well as a guest speaker each day. Guest speakers included Ronnie Hakim, President, MTA, Amy Herbold, Deputy Executive Director, New Jersey Transit, and David Bragdon, Executive Director, Transit Center.

Transit Senior Executive (TSE)

The Eno Transit Senior Executive Program (TSE) is a year-long leadership development program. The course is centered around an intensive week-long seminar held in Washington, DC. The TSE Program was offered from April 17th-22nd. Participants heard from over 15 distinguished speakers and instructors including John Catoe, former COO of Los Angeles County MTA, and former General Manager of Santa Monica Big Blue Bus and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Howard Permut, retired President of MTA Metro North Railroad, Greg Kelly, President and CEO of U.S., Central and South America Operations of WSP, Philip Washington, CEO of Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), and many more.

Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC)

Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conferece (LDC) gives 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed.The LDC is designed for students in transportation-related programs, including engineering, planning, public policy, public administration, economics, management, and law. 


Eno Transportation Weekly

Eno Transportation Weekly (ETW) is the premier inside-the-beltway federal transportation policy publication. Editor Jeff Davis has over a decade of experience and connections that enable him and the rest of the Eno team to produce accurate, timely, and thorough issues and news updated every week.

Convergence 2016

In 2016 Eno held its first Convergence conference in Washington D.C. The event was a part of the Digital Cities project and brought together a wide variety of transportation leaders, policymakers, and implementers to discuss how technology is transforming mobility. The meeting focused on examining appropriate public policy responses to technological innovations within transportation. Participants discussed an assortment of topics like technological improvements in transit, optimizing freight, citie's roles in mobility, big data in transportation, and automated vehicles.

Transportation at the Ballot Box

On election day in 2016 26 states voted on over 400 ballot measures that had the potential to raise a quarter-billion dollars. Seeing what was at stake, Eno began an ambitious project to find and track every single transportation measure that was up for vote on Election Day. The database, an ongoing project, is organized by locality, official title, measure identifier, summary, modes, projected revenues, and duration. It includes all types of transportation investment, from roads and rails, to seaports and airports, to bike lanes and sidewalks. Eno's database, the first multimodal transportation ballot measure database publicly available, now serves as a source for many policy makers, researchers, and media across the country.

LDC Dinner

Each year, the Eno Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) gives 20 of the nation's top graduate students in transportation a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. Students apply to the program early in the year, and those selected as "Eno Fellows" come to Washington, DC for a week in the spring for meetings with federal officials and leaders of business and non-profit organizations.

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