Bud Wright, the newest addition to the MTI/MNTRC Board of Trustees, is executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). He will contribute his knowledge from many years managing transportation issues and projects.
As a transportation consultant based in Alexandria VA, Mr. Wright worked on a major project examining approaches to performance-based management of the federal-aid highway program. He also has played a significant role in research on administrative and institutional issues associated with mileage-based user fees.
Directed FHWA and 2,000+ workforce
He also was executive director of the Federal Highway Administration from 2001-2008, assisting the Administrator in establishing policies, programs, and priorities for the $40 billion annual federal-aid highway program. As FHWA's chief operating officer, Mr. Wright managed a workforce of more than 2,000 transportation professionals and an annual operating budget of $400 million.
He also served as the FHWA program manager for safety, and he directed the Office of Budget and Finance, where he worked extensively on the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
Mr. Wright began his career in 1975 as an economist in the FHWA Office of Planning. In 1986, he was selected for a congressional fellowship, serving with the Senate Appropriations Committee staff. Then in 1989-1990, he was a member of the National Transportation Policy Team, which developed former Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner's National Transportation Policy.
From 1990-1992, Mr. Wright served as a special assistant to FHWA's executive director, helping to develop legislative provisions and negotiations with Congress that led to the landmark Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991. In 1992, he was appointed division administrator in Nevada, the agency's first non-engineer to hold such a position.
Won federal service awards
For the past four years, he has been a consultant to Lindsay Transportation Solutions/Barrier Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of products used in highway lane management and highway safety. He is currently a member of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Board of Directors, and he is a co-chair of ARTBA's MAP-21 Policy Promotion, Implementation & Funding Enhancement Task Force.
Mr. Wright has received the Presidential Rank Award for federal government executives, the Secretary of Transportation's Special Achievement Award, the Federal Highway Administrator's Superior Achievement Award, and the Secretary of Transportation's Team Award (for development of TEA-21).
He holds a BA in economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg VA.