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.

Webinar: From Yellow to Green: Reducing School Transportation’s Impact on the Environment

The primary goal of every school transportation system is getting students to school safely and on time each day. To do so, America’s...

House Climate Panel Debates Technology Investments in the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Sector

July 19, 2019 On July 16,  the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis held a hearing entitled “Solving the climate crisis:...

House Subcommittees Look at Trump CAFE Rollback

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittees on Environment and Climate Change, and on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a joint...

PHMSA Faces Pressure From Congress to Implement Pipeline Safety Mandates

The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials met April 2, 2019, for a hearing entitled “Pipeline Safety:...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of April 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 2 - House Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials -...

Two Wheels. Environment. People.

“Well, I've been 'fraid of changin' 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder” – “Landslide”  by...

Speeding Up Electric Vehicle Adoption in the US

March 28, 2019 The transportation sector is the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S.,...

FY20 Budget Again Calls to Cut Water Infrastructure Funding by One-Third

March 14, 2019 The few documents made available this week describing President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2020 (tens of...

Senate to Take Up Green New Deal, Disaster Relief Appropriations After Recess Week

March 15, 2019 The U.S. Senate (like the House) will be in recess next week. But while the House schedule for the week after recess...

DeFazio Introduces $24 Billion Clean Water SRF Reauthorization Bill

March 7, 2019 This week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Water Resources and...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled "Looking...

Infrastructure and Climate Change – Balancing Government Dollars vs Market-Based Solutions

March 1, 2019 On February 26, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining How...

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