environment

Issue / Environment

As a means to an end, it is important that the transportation system be accessible and usable by different types of people aiming to get to different places. Federal rules for accessibility and nondiscrimination are behind most funding streams, and local rules also augment requirements to make the transportation system usable for everyone. Transportation is the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the US. While automobiles have become more efficient over time due to fuel efficiency and emissions standards, these improvements are offset by an overall increase in vehicle miles traveled. Increased demand for trucking and air travel have contributed toward emissions. Proposals for achieving transportation emissions reduction goals at all levels of government include electrification, increased investment in active and shared transportation, and improved land use.

In the Trump Era, Transportation Funding Is Simple: Build Roads

Eno Center's Jeff Davis weighs in on how the modal section of Build grants favor roads. The past three years of discretionary grants...

CBO Releases Budget Score of Senate Highway Bill

On the evening of November 12, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its official cost estimate of the bill S. 2302, the...

USDOT Announces $883M in FY19 BUILD Grant Recipients

Today, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that 55 projects in 35 states will be receiving grants under the fiscal year...

BUILD-TIGER Grant Historical Statistics – FY 2009 Through FY 2019

This is a three-page PDF document with three tables: State-by-state dollar amounts of total capital grants for each year of the...

FY 2019 BUILD Grants: Meeting the Terms of the FY 2019 DOT Appropriations Act

Here are the terms written into the text of the fiscal 2019 Department of Transportation Appropriations Act (Title I of Division G of...

U.S. Transportation Labor Force Grew to 14.5 Million in 2018

New data released last week by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics estimated that the number of Americans employed in the...

USDOT to Announce FY19 BUILD Grants on Monday

The U.S. Department of Transportation is expected to announce the recipients of $883.5 million in fiscal 2019 grant funding under the...

Transit and Road Measures Fare Well, but State Revenue Collection Takes a Hit: Takeaways from Election Night

Throughout 2019, voters in 31 states decided on over 200 transportation-related ballot measures totaling nearly $19 billion in...

New Eno Report: Transportation Workforce Planning and Development Strategies

Federal and state transportation workforce shortages are widely considered a problem, presenting “a present and growing need” for...

Introducing Carmen Bianco, Transit Senior Executive’s New Moderator

Carmen Bianco is a classic American success story, rising through the ranks from his start as an hourly worker on the tracks to...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of November 11, 2019

Wednesday, November 13 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials –...

Senate Panel to Vote on Nominations, TOD Bill Next Week

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee has scheduled a November 13 markup session (10:00 a.m., G-50 Dirksen) with a...

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