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.

FAST Act Legislative Text

Text of the draft conference report legislative language on the FAST Act (the five-year surface transportation bill) presented to House...

USDOT Letter to DRIVE Act Conferees – Nov. 13, 2015

Letter sent on the evening of November 13, 2015 from Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the House and Senate conferees on the...

House Passes Highway Bill With Funding For All Six Years

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:49 p.m. The House of Representatives has completed action on the surface transportation...

House Rules Committee Report on First Rule for STRR Act Consideration

Report to accompany H. Res. 507, the House Rules Committee's first rule making in order the DRIVE Act in the House (with the STRR Act...

First Special Rule for House Consideration of the STRR Act

Text of H. Res. 507, the first special rule from the Rules Committee, for House consideration of H.R. 22, the DRIVE Act (with modified...

House Hearing Previews NHTSA Vehicle Safety Portions of Surface Reauthorization Bill

October 28, 2015 The House Energy and Commerce Committee (E&C) has released a discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the...

Summary of Amendments Adopted in House Markup of H.R. 3767

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee adopted twelve amendments to H.R. 3767 (the Surface Transportation...

House T&I Summary of the STRR Act

Section-by-section summary of H.R. 3763, the STRR Act, as introduced in the House on October 20 - prepared by the Transportation and...

Manager’s Amendment to STRR Act (HR 3763) Adopted in House T&I Oct 22 2015

Shuster (R-PA) manager's amendment to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, adopted during the...

USDOT Releases Draft of National Freight Strategic Plan

October 22, 2015 After much anticipation, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released the draft National Freight...

2014 National Freight Advisory Committee Recommendations

The National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC or Committee) appointed by the Secretary of Transportation, includes 47members...

H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015

Text of the bill H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, as introduced in the U.S. House of...

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