People & the Environment

Issues & Modes / People & the Environment

For decades, transportation policies focused on the efficient movement of vehicles and goods without always considering the underlying economic, environmental, and social impacts. Just as important is the accessibility the system provides for people; whether it’s getting to a job, or school, shopping, entertainment, or recreation. At the same time, transportation remains the largest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions and while automobiles have become more efficient over time, these improvements are offset by an overall increase in driving, trucking, and air travel. Proposals for reducing emissions include electrification, increased investment in active and shared transportation, and improved land use.

Webinar: Lessons Learned from the Mobility on Demand Pilots in the Los Angeles and Puget Sound Regions

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, King County Metro, and Sound Transit have been piloting mobility on demand...

Webinar: Improving Access for All: Bringing On-Demand Technology to Paratransit

Paratransit has been a staple of public transportation since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990. For people with...

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...

Biden Signs $1.9T COVID/Stimulus Bill Into Law

President Biden signed into law yesterday the latest $1.9 trillion COVID relief and economic stimulus bill (H.R. 1319), now called the...

Webinar: Form and Function: The Role and Future of Complete Streets Post-COVID

"Complete streets" is a design approach intended to accommodate a variety of modes of transportation and has been shown to reduce motor...

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...

Reconciliation Bill On Hold Pending Unemployment Insurance Agreement

The only thing more tedious than a Senate vote-a-rama is, apparently, a suspended vote-a-rama. The period of post-debate amendment...

House to Vote on $1.9 Trillion COVID Stimulus Tonight

The House of Representatives is expected to vote late tonight on the $1.9 trillion COVID aid and stimulus bill (H.R. 1319) being moved...

Webinar: Bus Electrification: The Role Agencies Can Play in Workforce Equity

Transit agencies around the country have been exploring ways to transition to zero-emission bus fleets, and that exploration is poised...

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.

Workshop: Everything You Need to Know About Surface Transportation Funding and Policy

This webinar was held live exclusively for members and alumni.  A new administration on the Hill means new staff, new priorities,...

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