A Metropolitan Vision for Transportation: Greater Devolution and Enhanced Accountability

Robert Puentes
Robert Puentes Vice President and Director - Brookings Metro

March 6, 2004

Metropolitan areas, the engines of the American economy, require greater control over the transportation spending so crucial to their dynamism. As Congress debates the reauthorization of the federal transportation spending bill (TEA-21), the reforms of previous bills—devolving decision making to metropolitan areas and away from statewide agencies—need to be broadened. In this powerpoint presentation, Robert Puentes discusses recent metropolitan-level spending and argues that local control produces a more balanced and holistic transportation network. He also recommends specific policy reforms to boost that performance while increasing accountability.

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