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.

Flint Deal on House WRDA Bill May Help CR Pass Senate

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 9:50 a.m. A breakthrough in the House on addressing the Flint, Michigan drinking water issue in the...

WRDA 2016 – House Floor Amendment Log

Summaries, links to final amendment text, and disposition of all amendments made in order to H.R. 5303, the Water Resources Development...

CR to December 9 Offered in Senate

September 22, 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today called up legislation in the Senate that would provide...

House Consideration of WRDA Bill May Happen Next Week

September 22, 2016 Two days after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told a Bloomberg News reporter that the chamber would...

The Week Ahead on Capitol Hill – September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 9:30 a.m. Here is a brief synopsis of what we expect on Capitol Hill this week. Much more information...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 19, 2016

Thursday, September 22 - House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade and Subcommittee on Energy and...

Senate Passes WRDA Bill; CR Consideration Punted to Monday

September 15, 2016 - 12:12 p.m. The U.S. Senate has just passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (S. 2848) by a roll call...

Senate WRDA Bill Passes Penultimate Hurdle; Final Passage Vote Assured By Tomorrow Morning

September 14, 2016 The U.S. Senate has just voted, 94 to 3, to bring to an end debate on the Water Resources Development Act of...

FTA Gives Out $211M in Discretionary FY16 Bus Grants

September 14, 2016 The Federal Transit Administration on September 8 announced the recipients of $211 million in discretionary bus...

Collaborative Mobility: Democratizing Transit for the 21st Century

September 14, 2016 We have entered an era of unprecedented citizen participation in transportation planning. Officials at the USDOT...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 12, 2016

Wednesday, September 14 - House Transportation and Infrastructure - full committee business meeting to mark up bills and survey...

90 Senators Vote to Move WRDA Bill Along; 3-Month CR Up Next

September 13, 2016 WRDA. At 6:13 p.m. yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted 90 to 1 to take the first of several formal steps to bring...

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