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.

Webinar: Form and Function: The Role and Future of Complete Streets Post-COVID

"Complete streets" is a design approach intended to accommodate a variety of modes of transportation and has been shown to reduce motor...

When It Comes To Clean Energy, USPS Delivery Trucks Don’t Yet Answer The Mail

While the Postal Service moves slowly toward adopting electric vehicles, Robert Puentes says Biden is on the right track in pushing for...

Reconciliation Bill On Hold Pending Unemployment Insurance Agreement

The only thing more tedious than a Senate vote-a-rama is, apparently, a suspended vote-a-rama. The period of post-debate amendment...

House to Vote on $1.9 Trillion COVID Stimulus Tonight

The House of Representatives is expected to vote late tonight on the $1.9 trillion COVID aid and stimulus bill (H.R. 1319) being moved...

Webinar: Bus Electrification: The Role Agencies Can Play in Workforce Equity

Transit agencies around the country have been exploring ways to transition to zero-emission bus fleets, and that exploration is poised...

Long Road, Tough Choices Ahead for Biden Car-Charging Pledge

Robert Puentes discusses electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure expansion as a way reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Workshop: Everything You Need to Know About Surface Transportation Funding and Policy

This webinar was held live exclusively for members and alumni.  A new administration on the Hill means new staff, new priorities,...

House to Consider Budget Reconciliation Bill Next Week

The House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a budget reconciliation bill next week that provides up to $1.9 trillion in...

House Committees Approve Budget Reconciliation Bill with $57.5 Billion in Transportation Funding

House committees have completed action on most of the $1.9 trillion in COVID relief spending requested by President Biden this week,...

How the House Reconciliation Bill’s $30 Billion for Transit Will Be Distributed

The budget reconciliation legislation approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this week provides an...

First T&I Hearing of 2021 Looks at COVID and Transportation Workers

Among the various ways the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the nation is the health and safety of transportation workers and passengers,...

Democratic Leaders Intend $57.5 Billion for Transportation in New COVID-Stimulus Bill

Plans by Congressional Democratic leaders for new legislation providing $1.9 trillion in COVID-19 aid and economic stimulus call for...

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