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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.

Increased Focus on Environmental Justice in Federal Transportation Policy Proposals

All federal agencies, including the USDOT, have had a mandate to incorporate environmental justice into their missions since 1994. The...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Rebalancing the Load: How Road User Charging Can Influence Traveler Behavior

Congestion pricing can be a valuable tool for regions to address congestion and meet goals for sustainability and equity. Intelligent...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Double the Trouble: Evacuations During COVID-19

In this webinar, join a discussion about ongoing research and efforts to address evacuations from disasters and emergencies amidst the...

Administration Issues Final Changes to NEPA Implementing Regulations

The Trump Administration has issued the final rule updating the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)...

Op-Ed: Now is The Right Moment to Address Transportation-Related Air Quality Concerns

Vehicle miles traveled have plummeted across the country with many pre-COVID drivers now working from home (see FHWA’s April 2020...

Webinar: Congestion Pricing in the United States

This webinar summarizes Eno's latest research report titled Congestion Pricing in the United States: Principles for Developing a Viable...

Op-Ed: Trump Emissions Rule Will Accelerate Climate Change

Despite the current public health and economic emergency, the Trump Administration issued its final rule on vehicle fuel efficiency and...

DOT and EPA Roll Back Obama-Era Automobile Fuel Efficiency Standards

On March 31, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the...

White House Releases Overhaul of NEPA Implementing Regulations

On December 9, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released a proposed rule to overhaul the enforcement of National...

Building Environmental Collaborations While Funding Highways: An Innovation in Transportation Governance

Transportation agencies have been trying for generations to fulfill their missions while doing as little environmental harm as...

Reducing Transportation Emissions, Improving Air Quality Recurring Themes at Global Cities Climate Summit

On October 10 and 11, nearly 2,000 global city leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark, for...

Webinar: Reforming America’s Transportation System

Transportation governance is a growing issue for modern transportation. State departments of transportation, transit agencies,...

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