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.

Lawmakers vow action after Ida floods Gulf Coast, Northeast

But the bipartisan bill will be valuable in providing major investments in “future-proofing” infrastructure against climate...

DeFazio looks to try again on his progressive transportation agenda

But Jeff Davis of the Eno Center said the Byrd rule will also require that every dime of the committee’s $60 billion be spent by...

The perverse reason it’s easier to build new highways than new subways

“A transit agency is designed to operate transit, not build transit projects,” said Paul Lewis, the Eno Center’s director of...

Federal program to cut bus emissions gets a Senate mandate: Some buses must pollute

Still, the five-year total of nearly $107 billion for transit was about 65% above what was expected if spending remained flat in...

Biden Issues Executive Order Advancing Clean Car Goals

Last Thursday, August 5, the Biden administration issued an executive order with new rules aimed at reducing automobile emissions. The...

Op-Ed: Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Could Be a Win for Climate, If it Can Be Leveraged to Those Ends

The newest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released this week, was depressing. Not that it...

Op-Ed: Incorporating Sustainability in Airport Planning

Airports are a critical part of the U.S. transportation infrastructure as they play a key role in the economy and in connecting...

Critics: ‘big and bold’ infrastructure bill falls short on helping states fight climate change

It also includes $107 billion for transit, a 65% boost, according to an analysis by Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the nonpartisan...

House T&I Looks Back at Oversight of COVID Relief

On July 29, the House Transportation and Infrastructure full committee held a hearing, “Assessing the Federal Government’s COVID-19...

Where does the infrastructure compromise deal leave EV charging?

“If a reconciliation bill emerges with 10 digits of guaranteed EV rebate money, that will go a long way towards reassuring...

Infrastructure bill’s climate-change features face tricky path over money for electric cars

“If a reconciliation bill emerges with 10 digits of guaranteed EV rebate money, that will go a long way towards reassuring...

Eno Releases Major Report on U.S. Transit Costs and Project Delivery

Cities, states, and metropolitan areas across the United States are investing in a range of public transit projects in order to connect...

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