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.

1998 TEA21 Law – As Amended Through July 1998.

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

1964 Urban Mass Transportation Act – Enrolled Bill Memo

Memorandum from the Bureau of the Budget to President Johnson dated July 8, 1964 coordinating the views of White House staff and...

2005 (Jun. 7) Letter From Sec. Mineta to SAFETEA Conferees

Letter from Secretary Mineta to House and Senate conferees on the SAFETEA surface transportation reauthorization bill defining the...

Comparison of Highway Provisions – Administration-Senate-House – May 20, 2005

Federal Highway Administration document providing a side-by-side comparison of the highway provisions of the Administration's SAFETEA...

2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21)

Text of Public Law 112-141, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21.

2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU)

Text of Public Law 109-58, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act - A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU),...

1998 TEA21 Restoration Act

Text of Public Law 105-206. Title IX of this unrelated IRS reform bill contained the TEA21 Restoration Act, making many technical...

1998 Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21)

Text of Public Law 105-178, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA21), enacted in 2008.

1995 National Highway System Designation Act

Text of Public Law 104-59, the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995.

1991 Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA)

Text of Public Law 102-240, the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) of 1991.

1965 Highway Beautification Act

Text of Public Law 89-285, the Highway Beautification Act of 1965.

1964 Federal-Aid Highway Act

Text of Public Law 88-364, the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1964.

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