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.

McConnell Substitute Changes EPW, Commerce Bill Provisions

July 22, 2015 Here are what appear to be the main changes in the EPW and Commerce portions of the bill from the time that the...

Homeland Funding Drama Ends with House Accepting Clean Year-Long Appropriations Bill

March 5, 2015 The long, slow-motion crisis over federal Homeland Security funding for fiscal year 2015 is over, as the House...

Highlights of Mass Transit Policy Changes in the DRIVE Act

July 22, 2015 Division B of the new McConnell substitute amendment for the DRIVE Act contains previously unseen provisions...

Tension Between Administration and Congress Over Corps of Engineers Water Project Funding Continues

February 19, 2015 At a matched pair of hearings on February 11, members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees once again...

Senate Deciding Whether To Take Up Highway Bill

July 22, 2015 At this hour (late Wednesday afternoon), the Senate is waiting to hold a “re-vote” on a procedural motion to take...

CBO Baseline For Overall Transportation Spending

January 28, 2015 The primary users of the baseline data from this week’s Congressional Budget Office baseline are the House and...

Would the DRIVE Act Spend Federal Funds More Effectively?

It has been six years since the transportation community had the opportunity to mull over a six-year transportation bill written by a...

State of the Union, Other Announcements Preview Admin. Transportation Agenda Including New Bonds

January 21, 2015 President Obama gave his annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress last night and once again...

FY19 HTF Shutdown Fits In Well With Tradition of HTF Bill “Triggers”

July 22, 2015 The new version of the Senate DRIVE Act provides $343 billion in Highway Trust Fund contract authority over the...

EPW Committee Approves DRIVE Act

June 24, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved S. 1647, a six-year highway funding authorization bill,...

Virginia’s Commitment to Transit Funding Creates a Wealth of New Projects Benefiting the Commonwealth

Virginia has a long history of commitment to mass transit. The Washington, D.C. region's Metro system, the result of a 1967 interstate...

Houston has a shiny, new bus network

Over the past decade, Houston has invested a significant amount of resources in public transit. Most notably a new 12.8-mile light rail...

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