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.

Insights from the National Shared Mobility Summit

March 8, 2019 This week, professionals in transit, micromobility, carsharing, and ride-hailing gathered together in Chicago for the...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 11, 2019

Tuesday, March 12 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Aviation – subcommittee hearing entitled "Looking...

Infrastructure and Climate Change – Balancing Government Dollars vs Market-Based Solutions

March 1, 2019 On February 26, the full House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing entitled, “Examining How...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of March 4, 2019

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation –...

Guest Op-Ed: Disruption in Mass Transit Calls for Disruption in Public Policy

February 22, 2019 The world of mass transit is currently in a state of disruption. Nationally, transit ridership is declining as...

Sidewalk Stakeholder Engagement and Underlying Equity Concerns

State DOTs, MPOs, and cities across the country have good examples of robust asset management systems and project prioritization...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of February 25, 2019

Tuesday, February 26 – House Homeland Security – Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security – subcommittee hearing on...

House T&I Kicks Off 2019 With Infrastructure Hearing

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee of the 116thCongress formally kicked off its work yesterday with a marathon...

“Green New Deal” Outline Introduced in House, Senate

February 8, 2019 Yesterday, progressive Members of Congress introduced a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to adopt a...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of February 4, 2019

Tuesday, February 5 – Senate Environment and Public Works – full committee business meeting to vote on pending business including...

Is the Federal-Aid Highway Program Compatible With the “Green New Deal?”

January 25, 2019 The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives has energized progressives, and many are choosing to spend...

TRB Session Highlights Three Key Findings from Transportation Chapter of National Climate Assessment

January 18, 2019 Transportation infrastructure is at risk from severe weather events compounded by climate change, according to the...

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