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.

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...

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.

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