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.

How Local Governments Should Plan for Driverless Cars

(Ed. Note: This post is based off of a TEDx talk that Lauren Isaac recently gave in Sacramento, CA. You can watch the full talk...

House T&I Approves Water Resources Bill by Voice Vote

May 26, 2016 The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on May 25 approved a bill authorizing more than $5 billion in new...

Senate Highway Rescission Could Have Diverse State, Program Effects

May 20, 2016 The just-passed Senate appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Transportation for fiscal year 2017 contains a...

Senate Continues FY17 USDOT Appropriations Debate

May 17, 2016 Debate on the Senate’s version of the fiscal 2017 Transportation-HUD appropriations bill (Senate amendment #3896 to...

Transportation Appropriations Action in Both Chambers This Week

May 16, 2016 Happy Infrastructure Week, people. In addition to a full calendar of I-Week events designed to help promote awareness...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of May 16, 2016

Tuesday, May 17 - House Transportation and Infrastructure - Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment - subcommittee hearing on...

Senate Finally Takes Up FY17 THUD Appropriations; House Markup Scheduled for May 18

May 12, 2016 After a two-week wait, the U.S. Senate at 3:10 p.m. today finally took up the annual appropriations bill funding the...

What Can DC Metro’s Past Tell Us About Its Future?

May 12, 2016 The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro By Zachary Schrag (2006, with a new paperback edition in...

Convergence: Where Do We Go From Here?

Transportation systems across the world are changing rapidly. Private sector innovation has upended many traditional transportation...

Infrastructure: Thinking Outside the Beltway

Infrastructure is critical to the health of the U.S. economy, and to its people. Though largely lost in the noisy national debate and...

London Rail: An International Success Story

(Editorial Note: This is an extract of the presentation made to the Eno Transit Executive Program, which took place between April 17-23...

Senate WRDA Bill Emphasizes EPA Programs, Creates New Trust Fund

May 5, 2016 Last week, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved, in record time, a bill authorizing new water...

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