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.

PHMSA Faces Pressure From Congress to Implement Pipeline Safety Mandates

The House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials met April 2, 2019, for a hearing entitled “Pipeline Safety:...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of April 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 2 - House Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials -...

Women Leaders: “Better the Balance, Better the World”

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Better the Balance, Better the World”,  carried a message about the value...

Two Wheels. Environment. People.

“Well, I've been 'fraid of changin' 'Cause I've built my life around you But time makes you bolder” – “Landslide”  by...

Speeding Up Electric Vehicle Adoption in the US

March 28, 2019 The transportation sector is the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the U.S.,...

FY20 Budget Again Calls to Cut Water Infrastructure Funding by One-Third

March 14, 2019 The few documents made available this week describing President Trump's budget request for fiscal year 2020 (tens of...

Senate to Take Up Green New Deal, Disaster Relief Appropriations After Recess Week

March 15, 2019 The U.S. Senate (like the House) will be in recess next week. But while the House schedule for the week after recess...

DeFazio Introduces $24 Billion Clean Water SRF Reauthorization Bill

March 7, 2019 This week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Water Resources and...

Insights from the National Shared Mobility Summit

March 8, 2019 This week, professionals in transit, micromobility, carsharing, and ride-hailing gathered together in Chicago for the...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled "Looking...

Infrastructure and Climate Change – Balancing Government Dollars vs Market-Based Solutions

March 1, 2019 On February 26, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining How...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 4, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation –...

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