People & the Environment

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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.

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...

Roundtable Roundup: Adopting a Common Data Language to Enhance Mobility

On Wednesday, November 20, 2019 AARP, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC), and the Transportation Research...

House Subcommittee Considers Environmental, Economic Effects and Industry Involvement in CAFE Standards

On October 29, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Environment held a hearing, “Trump’s Wrong Turn on Clean Cars: The...

USDOT Hosts Summit on Access and Mobility for Disabled or Rural Individuals

On Tuesday, October 29, The USDOT hosted a Summit for Access and Mobility for All. Speeches and panel discussions focused on the need...

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...

EPA Threatens to Make California Transfer Highway Funding to Mass Transit Projects

The Environmental Protection Agency on September 23 threatened to start enforcing long-dormant Clean Air Act provisions that would...

Navigating the Transportation Industry Workforce Shortage and Leadership Gap – The Solution is Hiding in Plain Sight.

Transformation is imminent in the transportation industry due to a combination of issues that headline our collective consciousness....

A Resilient Transportation System Needs a Resilient Workforce

The transport systems that move both people and goods are, for better or for worse, a reflection of the nation as a whole. Economists...

Parking Reform Picks up Steam in 2019

The United States is estimated to have anywhere from 722 million to 2 billion parking spaces, and many U.S. cities are commonly...

Fuel Efficiency Standards – California vs. the Feds (How We Got Here, and What Comes Next)

California and four major automakers (BMW, VW, Ford, and Honda) signed a voluntary agreement that appears to preempt the Trump...

House Panel Probes Proposed Bills in Car Safety Hearing

With over 40,000 deaths attributed to on and off-road related vehicle incidents in 2017 and 2018, vehicle-related fatalities have made...

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:...

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