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.

EPA Says It Can Set Fuel Efficiency Standards for Aircraft but Manufacturers Wait for ICAO

August 24, 2016 On July 25, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), operating under authority given to the agency in the Clear...

Highway Stakeholder Comments on GHG Measurement in Highway Performance Rule

Written comments for the record from 23 highway stakeholder groups critical of the idea of including a greenhouse gas metric in the...

Point/Counterpoint: Should Greenhouse Gas Emissions Be Used to Measure Highway Performance?

August 18, 2016 In this week's edition of Point/Counterpoint, the chairman and ranking minority member of the Senate Environment and...

Guest Op-Ed: Congress Did Not Intend Greenhouse Gases to Be Measured for Highway Performance

Guest op-ed by Senator James M. Inhofe (R-OK), chairman, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works August 18, 2016 My...

FTA Requests Public Input for 5-Year Research Plan

August 18, 2016 As the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) develops its department-wide, five-year strategic research plan, the...

Maryland Purple Line Light Rail On Hold After Judge’s Ruling

August 18, 2016  How important are ridership forecasts to the environmental impact statements for a new fixed guideway rail system,...

New Fuel Economy Rules for Trucks Will Affect HTF Finances

August 18, 2016 This week, the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration jointly...

Mapping the Digital City

“Why don’t you stop and ask for directions?” For decades, the now-anachronistic question encapsulated American identity,...

EPW Republican Letter to FHWA on GHG Measurement in Performance Rule

Letter signed by Senate Environment and Public Works chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) and five other Republican Senators filing public...

Guest Op-Ed: Greenhouse Emissions Must Be Measured for Highway System Performance

Guest op-ed by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), ranking minority member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. August 18,...

California Town Builds Wide Coalition to Win Rural TIGER Grant

August 10, 2016 Of the nine rural TIGER grants awarded at the end of last month, a streetscape project in the City of Live Oak,...

Autonomous Vehicles: Can They Improve Safety and Accelerate Environmental Progress?

Are autonomous vehicles the “next big thing” to transform our transportation system? If so, how soon, and what are the consequences...

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