Coming Out of the Crisis: A Look Past the Pandemic 

The pandemic isn’t quite behind us, but every day the contours of the new normal take shape. The pace of transformation in every mode of transportation, already undergoing massive changes, has only increased during the time of COVID. 

As the nation gets moving again, the time is now to implement new policies, innovations, and best practices to prepare for a better future. 

In honor of our Centennial and in recognition of the transformative times we live in, Eno launched the Martin Wachs Memorial Essay Contest to challenge transportation professionals and students to share their ideas. We asked them to convince us that their idea was the best way forward toward our vision of a transportation system that fosters economic vitality, advances social equity, and improves the quality of life for all. 

The essays submitted focused on a diverse array of topics such as equity in aviation and cutting carbon emissions in our freight system. Professional and students from across the country shared ideas big and small and our judging panels read them all. Together, they selected the winning 11 Centennial Scholars featured in this anthology whose essays present a diverse and compelling compendium of ideas for the new normal.