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.

Transportation Department Outlines $20B for Transit Available This Year Through Infrastructure Law

Even with this large amount of federal funds, current practices could eat up too much time and money. The Eno Center for...

DOT Releases Updated CAFE Standards

The U.S. Department of Transportation today released a new set of automotive fuel efficiency standards for model years 2024 through...

Here’s What Biden’s Budget Would Do, and Not Do, for Climate Change

The largest chunk of the $142 billion for transportation would be used to fix roads and bridges — or perhaps build new...

Guest Op-Ed: America Needs to Invest in Universal Road User Education

As we continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and over 800,000 lives lost in the U.S., the number of road user deaths could...

Why does transit infrastructure cost so much in the U.S.?

“We do spend a lot more money here in this country, and it seems to be particularly acute in New York. But the kind of a cost...

Senate Votes to Lift Mask Mandate in Transportation, but House Unlikely to Act

On March 15, the U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan 57-40 vote, approved legislation (S. J. Res. 37) that would force the Biden...

Appeals Court Lifts Injunction, Allowing Interim Social Cost of Carbon Standard to Be Used in Rules, EIS

On March 16, a federal appeals court removed an injunction that was blocking the ability of federal agencies, including the Department...

Guest Op-Ed: The Rise of Delivery as a Service

Everyday life entirely changed for most when the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 to be a global pandemic on March 11, 2020....

Guest Op-Ed: Alternative Traffic Enforcement to Re-Center Road Safety

Transportation has become the most policed aspect of daily life in the United States. The most frequent interactions between police and...

For Pete’s Sake! Sec. Buttigieg Won’t Push Back on States that Ignore Equity, Climate Guidelines

The Federal Highway Administration guidelines are, in fact, advisories that are not legally binding, as Jeff Davis of the Eno...

Federal Court Suspends “Social Cost of Carbon” Standard

A federal judge in Louisiana on February 11 issued an injunction halting the use of the interim “social cost of carbon” metric...

Guest Op-Ed: Reimagining Communal Growth After COVID-19

The United States was built upon a foundation of social and economic inequalities whose echoes are still felt nationwide to this day....

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