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.

TRB Summarizes “Critical Issues in Transportation” for 2018

December 7, 2018 The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has issued a new...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 10, 2018

Tuesday, December 11 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment – subcommittee hearing on the 21st Century...

Guest Op-Ed: New Mobility Advice for Cities

December 5, 2018 The rapid introduction of micromobility, such as dockless scooters and bikes, in US cities is showing incredible...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 3, 2018

POSTPONED Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment – subcommittee hearing on the...

Key Stakeholders Provide Comment on CAFE Standards Revision

November 2, 2018 In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Agencies Issue Final Rule to Streamline Federal Permitting

November 2, 2018 The Department of Transportation and three federal agencies issued a final rule this week that changes agency...

Not Your Run of the Millage: How Washington State’s Carbon Fee Ballot Proposal Addresses Transportation

October 23, 2018 Funding better transportation tends to be a winning proposition at the ballot box—with a success rate around 70...

Congress Again Examines Environmental Streamlining

September 13, 2018 Environmental regulation streamlining has been a hot topic on Capitol Hill recently as infrastructure projects...

“Pre-Conferenced” Water Resources Authorization Bill Passes House

September 13, 2018 (updated) The House of Representatives has approved the text of a "pre-conferenced" water resources bill...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 3, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Highways and Transit – subcommittee...

FTA Announces $84.4 Million in Low-No Emission Bus Grants

August 24, 2018 Today, the Federal Transit Administration announced the recipients of $84.4 million in grants to local transit...

Field Hearing on California HSR Addresses Management Controls, Continued Commitment

August 16, 2018 Last Thursday (August 9), the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials met in California...

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