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.

Op-Ed: Four Transportation Policy Predictions for 2019

January 3, 2018 Transportation in the United States is in the midst of major change. Last year brought a record number of airline...

Op-Ed: The Future of the Interstate Highway System

December 14, 2018 Few things are more American than the Interstate Highway System. Conceived to facilitate commerce across state...

Stakeholders Debate Future of Renewable Fuel Standard at House Hearing

December 13, 2018 A bill that would require new cars to operate using more efficient gasoline and sunset the Renewable Fuel Standard...

What Is the Future of the Interstate Highway System? TRB Consensus Study Released

December 6, 2018 Three years and two days after the enactment of the FAST Act, the Transportation Research Board of the National...

Op-Ed: Remembering George H.W. Bush and the ADA

December 5, 2018 As the nation paused for the funeral of President George Herbert Walker Bush, his lasting mark on our...

TRB Summarizes “Critical Issues in Transportation” for 2018

December 7, 2018 The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has issued a new...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 10, 2018

Tuesday, December 11 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment – subcommittee hearing on the 21st Century...

Guest Op-Ed: New Mobility Advice for Cities

December 5, 2018 The rapid introduction of micromobility, such as dockless scooters and bikes, in US cities is showing incredible...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 3, 2018

POSTPONED Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment – subcommittee hearing on the...

Key Stakeholders Provide Comment on CAFE Standards Revision

November 2, 2018 In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Agencies Issue Final Rule to Streamline Federal Permitting

November 2, 2018 The Department of Transportation and three federal agencies issued a final rule this week that changes agency...

Op-Ed: Addressing the Current and Future Challenges of Public Transit

October 25, 2018 Last week I was invited to speak at and participate in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Public Transportation Conference and...

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