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.

Emission-Reducing Aviation Technologies Presented at House Hearing

This week, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Aviation met to discuss different aviation...

Senate Fails to Advance Bill Containing Extra $2B for Intercity Bus COVID Relief

The U.S. Senate earlier today failed to muster the 60 votes necessary to bring up a $48 billion bill providing additional COVID relief,...

FHWA Releases $1.2 Billion in Carbon Reduction Program FY22 Funding for Use

This week, the Federal Highway Administration released the guidance document that allows states to begin using the $1.2 billion in...

Tackling Governance in Transit Megaprojects – Key Lessons from Eno’s Examination of Transit Governance in Austin

Over two dozen new rail transit projects are set to open for service across the United States by 2030. There will likely be even more...

Guest Op-Ed: Reclaiming the National Narrative on Transit Safety

In our daily lives, we often take for granted the numerous protections in place to ensure we arrive safely at our destinations. The now...

Florida Court Lifts Mask Mandate in Transportation; DOJ to Appeal

A federal judge in Tampa, Florida on April 18 overturned the Centers for Disease Control's mandate that everyone using airline,...

Webinar: Transit Strategies to Meet Climate Goals

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, which account for 29 percent of total emissions in the United States, is going to...

Transportation Department Outlines $20B for Transit Available This Year Through Infrastructure Law

Even with this large amount of federal funds, current practices could eat up too much time and money. The Eno Center for...

DOT Releases Updated CAFE Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released a new set of automotive fuel efficiency standards for model years 2024 through...

Here’s What Biden’s Budget Would Do, and Not Do, for Climate Change

The largest chunk of the $142 billion for transportation would be used to fix roads and bridges — or perhaps build new...

Guest Op-Ed: America Needs to Invest in Universal Road User Education

As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and over 800,000 lives lost in the U.S., the number of road user deaths could...

Why does transit infrastructure cost so much in the U.S.?

“We do spend a lot more money here in this country, and it seems to be particularly acute in New York. But the kind of a cost...

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