Lecture Recap: Searching For Bipartisanship In An Era Of Partisanship

On May 30, ITS presented a very special panel event that brought together two Washington, D.C.-based organizations working to devise research-based, nonpartisan transportation policies. Emil Frankel, who worked under President George W. Bush as Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, represented the Bipartisan Policy Center, founded with the help of “senior statesmen” such as former Senators George Mitchell and Bob Dole. Joshua Schank, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation, and who formerly served as Transportation Policy Advisor to Senator Hillary Clinton, also participated. The Eno Center is a non-partisan think-tank that promotes policy innovation and provides professional development opportunities across the career span of transportation professionals. UCLA Luskin Department of Urban Planning’s Distinguished Professor Emeritus Martin Wachs moderated the event and hypothesized that the parties are maintaining internal unity by “circling the wagons” on every issue.  In transportation, he thought this is being exacerbated by perpetual deficits in the Highway Trust Fund that require periodic bailouts from general revenues and President Obama’s own policy initiatives such as high-speed rail. Mr. Frankel concurred, noting that the most recent transportation program authorization known as MAP-21 passed the Senate with 70 votes from members of both parties [...]

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