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.

Let’s Be Real About Transportation and Technology

January 18, 2017 Over the past few weeks, the transportation industry has seen a flurry of activity. The Consumer Electronics Show...

Final Performance Measure Rule Issued With Other “Midnight Rules”

January 18, 2017 The Federal Highway Administration published its final rule on the national performance measures for highways in...

Creating the World’s First Sustainable Highway

A 16-mile stretch of highway in southwest Georgia is beginning to earn a reputation as the one of the most sustainable roads in the...

The Trump Infrastructure Agenda – What Would “Buy American, Hire American” Really Entail?

January 18, 2017 As Washington, DC largely shuts down to make way for the inaugural ceremonies of Donald J. Trump (and the related...

Bridging the Gap: Secretary Foxx’s Legacy of Choice

January 5, 2017 A key theme throughout Anthony Foxx’s tenure as USDOT Secretary has been expanding options and opportunities in...

ISTEA Reference Page

(Anyone wanting a complete history of ISTEA would be well advised to read this article by Richard Weingroff from Public Roads magazine...

Eno CEO Robert Puentes To Serve As Member of Federal Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity

The Eno Center for Transportation is pleased to announce that President and CEO Robert Puentes has been elected to serve as a member of...

Moving America: New Directions, New Opportunities – Vol. 1 – Building the National Transportation Policy

Volume 1 of the George H.W. Bush Administration's National Transportation Policy process, this July 1989 report from the U.S....

Rethinking the Swamp: Capital Convergence 2017

This year, Washington, DC’s image took a political hit in the national debate as a “swamp that needs draining.” For years it has...

Water Resources Authorization Bill Finalized but Faces Uncertain Fate

December 7, 2016 After weeks of behind-the-scenes negotiations, compromise text of a water resources authorization bill was unveiled...

CR Through April 28 Finalized

December 6, 2016 (Updated December 7) The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee introduced new legislation on December 6...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 5, 2016

Tuesday, December 6 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations – subcommittee hearing on the...

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