Eno Impact Report 2019

Leading Innovation in a Rapidly Changing Industry 

We like to refer to our organization as the world's oldest start-up. Although we are approaching our centenary in 2021, the Eno Center for Transportation doesn't act like a 100-year old think tank. In order to pursue our mission to shape public debate on critical multimodal transportation issues and build an innovative network of transportation professionals, we need to constantly reinvent ourselves since the environment is changing rapidly.

We know that transportation professionals are looking to each other for creative problem solving. Today, there is an insatiable demand for people to learn from one another, especially in transportation. That's why we are piloting a new Intra-Regional Multi-Agency Exchange (MetroMAX) program to bring together employees with similar roles at different agencies within the same region to engage with and build relationships through curated meetings, tours, and information sharing.

Reinventing ourselves also means using new tools to allow transportation professionals, experts, and leaders to interact in new ways. Eno will launch our new Learning Management System (LMS) in the next year to significantly build our outreach and webinars with an online platform. It will allow us to vastly expand our audience by enabling participants to access our classes, forums, and training on-demand and virtually. LMS is the future of learning and Eno is embracing it, not as a replacement, but as a complement to our work.

After all, we still need our standing advisory groups to cut across disciplines and inform our ongoing cutting-edge policy work. For example, our aviation working group is tackling the critically important topic of how to integrate highly advanced unmanned aircraft systems (drones) within the national airspace system. The focus is not just on the tech, but on how to change from a reactive regulatory framework to a permanent, overarching one that allows innovation to both flourish and safeguard the public interest.

While our work remains focused domestically, we are also increasingly looking outside the United States for best practices, ideas, and experiences. In an increasingly global environment, we are finding lots of receptivity to international lessons. That's why we recently brought a delegation of U.S. officials overseas to hear about other cities' experiences with congestion pricing policies and directly inform the new wave of policy and practice innovation here at home. We also intend to dig deep into several international cases to understand how American cities, states, and metropolitan areas can deliver public transit projects better, faster, and cheaper.

The workplace environment for startups is also characterized as valuing open communication and collective problem-solving. The Eno team embodies this culture and works together to learn from each other, help the organization remain strong, and look around the corner for the next innovation in transportation policy and practice.

We look forward to building on our successes with you over the next year. You can download a PDF summary of the report here.

James Burnley

Board Chairman

Robert Puentes

President & CEO

Click below to explore Eno's 2019 impact


Eno's expert and timely research and analysis shapes public debate on critical multimodal transportation issues 

Can we do better?
Exploring Alternative Scenarios for Federal Highway Funding Distribution 
Documenting Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Innovative New Partnerships
Mobility On-Demand
Beyond the Automated Vehicles Hype:
Transportation at the Ballot Box: Measure M

Transit Leaders Turn to Eno

Transit leaders at the top of both public and private-sector organizations rely on Eno's research and analysis of today's top issues and trends in transit, along with the actionable and practical recommendations for reform.

More than 13 million jobs—about 9 percent of civilian workforce in the United States—are transportation-related. This workforce pipeline includes a multitude of professions from bus and truck drivers, to autoworkers and engineers, in both motorized and non-motorized modes. Eno's Workforce Initiative focuses on critical sectors and innovative solutions across the country.

Eno's Workforce Initiative

Informed. Insightful. Independent.

Eno Transportation Weekly

Why the California Bullet Train Project Failed: 7 “Worst Practices”

Jeff Davis | February 13, 2019

The failure of the California high-speed rail project doesn't necessarily mean the doom of HSR in the U.S. The California project followed seven "worst practices" that other projects could avoid, according to this provocative piece from Jeff Davis

Defense Bill Bans New Purchases of Mass Transit Vehicles from Chinese Companies

Jeff Davis | December 9, 2019

The National Defense Authorization Act would ban mass transit agencies from using federal funds to purchase rail cars or buses from Chinese-owned or Chinese-domiciled companies, and would penalize transit agencies using their own funds for such procurements.

Is the Federal-Aid Highway Program Compatible With the “Green New Deal?”

Jeff Davis | January 25, 2019

Both the spending and revenue sides of the federal-aid highway program are very carbon-centric. Is the present highway program compatible with a "Green New Deal"? Eno's Jeff Davis provides an in-depth analysis on the lessons learned from California's experiment.

2019's Most Read Articles

Guest Op-Ed: Disruption in Mass Transit Calls for Disruption in Public Policy

Tina Quigley | February 22, 2019

Ride-sharing services offer an opportunity to enhance transit and create a new ecosystem of interconnected multimodal options where ride-hailing and transit work together to provide cost-efficient and environmentally friendlier commutes. 

Guest Op-Ed: Infrastructure – How to Make A Difference

Richard Mudge | April 12, 2019

Large, regional infrastructure projects are key to unlocking future economic growth. One example is the AIRnet-21 proposal that would rebuild the Northeast Corridor rail line.

Guest Op-Ed: Managing Social and Political Risk in the Digital Age

Stephanie White | September 13, 2019

Transportation in particular can be sensitive to social and political risk. A strong, well-thought-out public process and education campaign is always the best remedy.

2019's Most Read Guest Op-Eds



Eno's programs bring transportation leaders together to develop and exchange innovative and effective solutions

Public transportation in the United States is going through a period of profound change and transition. From workforce constraints to technological advances, transit agencies face a unique set of challenges and opportunities. Through peer learning and leadership development, Eno/MAX is the first program of its kind designed to prepare today's transit workforce to tackle these issues head-on and ignite innovation to improve agencies from bottom to top.

Eno/MAX is Igniting Innovation from the Bottom Up

The Eno/MAX Program is based on four program components, or pillars, which combine to make a state of the art training program that is described by participants as the "most transformational training of their lives."

Transit Industry Knowledge
Best Practice Exchange
Creating Peer Networks
Building Business Skills
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Preparing the Next Generation

Future Leaders Development Conference

The Future Leaders Development Conference (LDC) program celebrated its 27th year in 2019. The LDC provides 20 of the nation’s top graduate students in transportation-related programs a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a first-hand look at how national transportation policies are developed. During the weeklong program, the Fellows meet with federal, state, and local officials, as well as public, private, and non-profit leaders across the transportation industry.

Alumni from the program continue to impact the transportation industry across all modes and sectors. Learn more about the lasting impacts in the alumni's own words in this video.

Highlights from the 2019 Program:

Across the country, leaders turn to Eno for 

Education on critical and emerging issues

In 2019, Eno hosted 24 webinars that educated 4,763 people.

Reforming America's Transportation System
Archiving transportation's history

Leadership + Legacy

For nearly 100 years, Eno has been a forum for transportation leaders at the forefront of an evolving industry. 

Transit Mid-Manager Program: Salt Lake City

I have walked away with action items from the training. I am very motivated. As a result of the training, I think I am more open to talk about leadership style and how I handle my work and relationship with my peers.

Transit Mid-Manager Program: Vancouver

I found that the course made a number of improvements mentally 'click' for me, whereas before they had been more theoretical. I came back feeling empowered with specific, actionable ideas.

Transit Mid-Manager Program: Pittsburgh

The impact is immediately felt. I find myself reflecting on what I learned last week. I actually think about what I am doing and the effect it will have later.

Transit Mid-Manager Program, Level 2: Atlanta

The course's impact was a reminder of some of the principals learned in Level I but also additional tools for engaging staff.

Transit Senior Executive Program

Eno is the gold-standard for training programs in my mind. I have attended many training programs but none have been as impactful as the Eno programs.

Building Leaders in Transit

Honoring Leaders & Innovators

Inside Eno: Funding Our Impact


Memberships + Subscriptions


Grants + Contracts

Donations + Sponsors


Professional Development Programs

Policy Research + Analysis

Thank You to the Members and Donors Who Make Eno's Work Possible

Titanium Members

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Silver Members

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Platinum Members

$17,500 to $25,000

Bronze Members

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Gold Members

$10,000 to $15,000

Executive Leaders

$1,800 to $2,500


Thanks to the generosity of a diverse and growing number of partners and members across the transportation industry, Eno continues to deliver excellent research and analysis and top-notch professional development programs.


In all our endeavors, Eno focuses on our mission and is guided by our institutional values: integrity, independence, objectivity, quality, and relevance. We do not seek or accept financial support that would undermine those values or compromise our commitment to remain unbiased and independent.

What's Next?

Eno will continue to provide an independent and trusted voice on the most critical topics in transportation today.

Aviation Research

Why We're Great >

Eno’s aviation work educates the public at large as well as policy makers, identifies the roadblocks to progress, innovation, and modernization; and proposes bold, pragmatic policy solutions to help tackle those challenges. 

Congestion Pricing

Why We're Great >

U.S. cities and metropolitan areas are actively exploring the idea of charging a fee for driving on the parts of the roadway network used the most as a way to reduce demand, curb emissions, and encourage non-single occupancy modes of transportation.

Project Delivery

A recent subway extension in New York City cost around $2.5 billion per mile to build while another under central Paris cost only $250 million per mile. The disparity leads to tough questions: do rail transit projects systematically cost more in the United States and take longer to deliver than they do in other countries? If so, why and how do we improve?

Expanded Online Learning
Eno/MAX Expansion

Why We're Great >

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