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.

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...

Time for Autonomous Vehicles to Disrupt Transportation Planning

BY MARK McDOWELL Transportation Consultant Over the coming decades autonomous vehicles (AVs) will insinuate themselves into our...

Could Building a Canal In Nicaragua Be the Answer?

BY AARON J. GELLMAN Professor of Management and Strategy, Northwestern University In 2013, Chinese interests revealed their...

Myths Surrounding Devolution of Federal Transportation Programs

As the lame-duck session of Congress approaches, there is nascent optimism within the transportation community that perhaps this could...

The Case of the Neglected Transit Bus

Tomorrow Eno will release a new study looking at regional transit governance (Getting to the Route of It: The Role of Governance In...

A Lesson From Stockholm’s Sustainable Development: Identifying Crucial Tensions, Conflicts or Tradeoffs in Urban Sustainability Policies

BY AMY RADER OLSSON Director, KTH Center for a Sustainable Built Environment Urban challenges are indisputably complex—even...

Crude Oil by Rail: The Industry is Changing

BY STEVEN R. DITMEYER Adjunct Professor of Railway Management, Michigan State University An old adage says the railroad industry is...

Superstorm Sandy: Adaptation and Resilience in the Tolling Industry

BY PATRICK D. JONES Executive Director & CEO, International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association The International Bridge,...

Countdown to Mainstreaming of Self-Driving Vehicles

BY EVA LERNER-LAM President, Palisades Consulting Group, Inc. There is a lot of excitement today about the concept of so-called...

Federal Prohibitions on Toll Roads, How They Got There, and How the GROW AMERICA Act Proposes to Change Them

May 6, 2014 Let’s just say that Congress has been having this debate for a really long time. The first law providing federal...

Improving Transportation = Better Quality of Life for City Dwellers

BY RICHARD HARRIS Solution Director, Xerox Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) refers to a wide range of services that use...

Three Ideas for Big City Departments of Transportation

The United States is increasingly a metropolitan nation, with more of the population concentrating in urban areas. The largest of these...

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