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.

Guest Op-Ed: It’s Time to Do Away with the E’s and Embrace the Public Health Approach in Transportation Safety

Much of the focus on the intersection of public health and transportation is on the health outcomes related to our current...

Congress Embarks on Quasi-Recess As COVID Aid Talks Stall

Last night, the Senate joined the House of Representatives in leaving town for the August recess – unless and until negotiators...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Rebalancing the Load: How Road User Charging Can Influence Traveler Behavior

Congestion pricing can be a valuable tool for regions to address congestion and meet goals for sustainability and equity. Intelligent...

Coronavirus Aid Talks Drag On

The extra $600 per week federal unemployment insurance benefit for the coronavirus crisis will expire today, and the eviction...

Guest Op-Ed: The Role of Transportation in Improving America’s Health

The Eno Center for Transportation’s publication of my white paper, Increasing Access to Essential Health Functions: The Role of...

Op-Ed: From the Americans with Disabilities Act to Universal Design

July 26, 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the signing of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Since then, huge strides...

Labor Unions Ask USDOT for Mandated Passenger Face Masks

On July 27, Larry Willis, the President of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO (TTD), sent a letter on behalf of TTD’s 33...

Road to Recovery Webinar: Double the Trouble: Evacuations During COVID-19

In this webinar, join a discussion about ongoing research and efforts to address evacuations from disasters and emergencies amidst the...

The Role of Transportation in Improving America’s Health

Transportation access is one of the fundamental objectives of the public sector as a means to provide access to jobs, services,...

Internal GOP Haggling Delays Coronavirus Aid Bill to Next Week

Protracted internal negotiations between the White House and Congressional Republicans have delayed the scheduled release of the GOP's...

Another Coronavirus Response Bill Expected in Senate Next Week

The U.S. Senate returns to Washington next week for what is scheduled to be a three-week period leading up to a six-week...

Administration Issues Final Changes to NEPA Implementing Regulations

The Trump Administration has issued the final rule updating the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)...

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