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.

2009 Oberstar Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill

Text of chairman Oberstar's draft surface transportation reauthorization bill dated June 22, 2009. This draft bill was approved by the...

2010 Draft Administration Surface Transportation Bill – Section-by-Section Summary

Undated section-by-section summary of a draft surface transportation reauthorization bill produced by the Department of Transportation...

2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act

Text of Public Law 112-95, the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

2003 Vision 100 – Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act

Text of Public Law 108-176, the Vision 100 - Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2003.

2000 Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21)

Text of Public Law 106-181, the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21).

1996 Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act

Text of Public Law 104-264, the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 1986.

1992 Airport and Airway Safety, Capacity, Noise Improvement, and Intermodal Transportation Act

Text of Public Law 102-581, the Airport and Airway Safety, Capacity, Noise Improvement, and Intermodal Transportation Act of 1982.

2014 Transportation Weekly Archive Index

2014 Transportation Weekly Archive Index   January 2014   January 13, 2014 update #1 January 13, 2014 update...

2015 DRIVE Act – EPW Committee Markup Manager’s Amendment

Inhofe-Boxer-Carper-Vitter manager's amendment to S. 1647, the DRIVE Act, offered in the Environment and Public Works Committee markup...

1991 ISTEA Summary Pamphlet From USDOT

The U.S. Department of Transportation prepared this 42-page pamphlet to explain the provisions of the 1991 Intermodal Surface...

1998 TEA21 Conference Agreement – Corrected Statement of Managers

The joint explanatory statement accompanying the conference report on the 1998 TEA21 bill contained multiple inaccuracies and omissions...

1998 TEA21 Law – As Amended Through February 2002

The TEA21 law was enacted on June 9, 1998 but was almost immediately altered by significant corrections and amendments enacted into law...

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