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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.

House T&I Examines Private Sector Role in Addressing Climate

On March 17, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing titled “The Business Case for Climate...

Next on Democrats’ agenda, a “holistic” infrastructure bill

“Infrastructure is more of a long-term economic stimulus than a short-term economic stimulus, because capital programs like building...

When It Comes To Clean Energy, USPS Delivery Trucks Don’t Yet Answer The Mail

While the Postal Service moves slowly toward adopting electric vehicles, Robert Puentes says Biden is on the right track in pushing for...

Long Road, Tough Choices Ahead for Biden Car-Charging Pledge

Robert Puentes discusses electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure expansion as a way reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

New Biden Order Creates Federal Climate-Focused Policy Coordination

President Biden signed a new executive order on January 27 adopting new policies and policymaking structure regarding climate change...

How Could USDOT Organize Around Climate Under Biden?

President-elect Joe Biden has indicated that climate change will be one of the biggest, if not the absolute biggest, focus of his...

Webinar: Environmental (in)Justice During COVID-19

In this webinar, we will address the harm inflicted upon minorities, low-income, rural, and tribal populations through disproportionate...

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...

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