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.

Senate Action on 2-Month Extension May Be Last Pre-Recess Business

May 21, 2015 Today is shaping up to be a very long day in the United States Senate, and passage of a two-month extension of Highway...

House Passes FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding

May 6, 2015 The House of Representatives passed the fiscal 2016 appropriations bill that funds the Army Corps of Engineers water...

House Debates, Amends FY16 Corps of Engineers Funding Bill

April 30, 2015 Last night, the House of Representatives debated and amended the fiscal year 2016 appropriations bill that funds the...

Budget Deal Sets Rules For HTF Solvency

April 30, 2015 Congressional budget negotiators yesterday finalized and released the fiscal 2016 budget blueprint that will govern...

House Appropriations Approves FY16 Corps of Engineers Budget

April 22, 2015 The full House Appropriations Committee earlier today approved, by voice vote, a $35.4 billion appropriations bill...

House Subcommittee OK’s FY16 Corps of Engineers Water Project Budget

April 16, 2015 Earlier today, a House subcommittee approved a bill providing $5.6 billion in appropriations for the water resources...

House-Senate FY16 Budget Talks Begin

April 16, 2015 House-Senate negotiations on the fiscal 2016 budget blueprint have begun in earnest, with the House appointing a team...

Senate Passes FY16 Budget After 16-Hour “Vote-a-Rama” Session

April 2, 2015 The Senate passed its fiscal 2016 budget plan (S. Con. Res. 11) in the wee hours of Friday morning, March 27, after a...

House Passes FY16 Budget; Senate Still Debating

March 26, 2015 It’s budget week on Capitol Hill - the House and Senate are considering the annual budget blueprints on the floors...

McConnell Substitute Changes EPW, Commerce Bill Provisions

July 22, 2015 Here are what appear to be the main changes in the EPW and Commerce portions of the bill from the time that the...

Homeland Funding Drama Ends with House Accepting Clean Year-Long Appropriations Bill

March 5, 2015 The long, slow-motion crisis over federal Homeland Security funding for fiscal year 2015 is over, as the House...

Lessons Learned From the Utah Transit Authority System Expansion

The paper, Lessons Learned From the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) System Expansion, details UTA’s journey from a single-mode mass...

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