People & the Environment

Issues & Modes / People & the Environment

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.

White House Directs Agencies to Coordinate Permitting for More Infrastructure Projects

Earlier this week, the White House gave federal agencies new guidance directing all federal agencies to begin using a common website,...

2014 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2014 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2014   January 13, 2014 update #1 January 13, 2014 update...

Section-by-Section Summary of S. 1626. the Senate Passenger Rail Bill, As Introduced

Please see the amendments adopted in the Commerce Committee on June 25, summarized elsewhere in this issue, for changes to the...

Senate Commerce Panel Approves Passenger Rail Bill

June 25, 2015 In a mark-up session on June 25th, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee has approved S. 1626, a...

Senate Panel OK’s FY16 DOT Appropriations

June 25, 2015 The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill providing $55.6 billion in new discretionary spending for...

Section-by-Section Summary of the DRIVE Act (S. 1647) As Reported From the EPW Committee

TITLE I – FEDERAL-AID HIGHWAYS Subtitle A – Authorizations and Programs Sec. 1001. Authorization of appropriations. Authorizes...

Senate Public Works Panel Approves 6-Year, $278 Billion Highway Bill: Now They Wait For Someone Else To Fund It

June 25, 2015 The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee yesterday approved, by a unanimous vote of 20 to 0, a highway...

Senate Action on 2-Month Extension May Be Last Pre-Recess Business

May 21, 2015 Today is shaping up to be a very long day in the United States Senate, and passage of a two-month extension of Highway...

House Passes FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding

May 6, 2015 The House of Representatives passed the fiscal 2016 appropriations bill that funds the Army Corps of Engineers water...

House Debates, Amends FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding Bill

April 30, 2015 Last night, the House of Representatives debated and amended the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill that funds the...

Budget Deal Sets Rules For HTF Solvency

April 30, 2015 Congressional budget negotiators yesterday finalized and released the fiscal 2016 budget blueprint that will govern...

House Appropriations Approves FY16 Corps of Engineers Budget

April 22, 2015 The full House Appropriations Committee earlier today approved, by voice vote, a $35.4 billion appropriations bill...

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