People & the Environment

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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.

Not Your Run of the Millage: How Washington State’s Carbon Fee Ballot Proposal Addresses Transportation

October 23, 2018 Funding better transportation tends to be a winning proposition at the ballot box—with a success rate around 70...

Guest Op-Ed: Autonomous, Electric and Shared – One of These Is Not Like the Others

October 10, 2018 One of the most popular terms in the autonomous vehicle world is the belief—or goal—that vehicles in the future...

President Signs 5-Year FAA Reauthorization Bill into Law

October 5, 2018 - 4:30 p.m. President Trump has signed the new Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill (H.R. 302) into...

Debate on Transit Subsidies Prompts More Agreement than Expected

October 5, 2018 New technologies are emerging that have the potential to change Americans’ travel patterns. On October 2, the Cato...

Congress Again Examines Environmental Streamlining

September 13, 2018 Environmental regulation streamlining has been a hot topic on Capitol Hill recently as infrastructure projects...

“Pre-Conferenced” Water Resources Authorization Bill Passes House

September 13, 2018 (updated) The House of Representatives has approved the text of a "pre-conferenced" water resources bill...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of September 3, 2018

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 – House Transportation and Infrastructure – Subcommittee on Highways and Transit – subcommittee...

Op-Ed: NYC Passes Legislation to Improve For-Hire Vehicle Driver Conditions and Increase Service Equity

August 24, 2018 This month, the New York City Council voted on a number of amendments pertaining to for-hire vehicles (FHVs) and...

FTA Announces $84.4 Million in Low-No Emission Bus Grants

August 24, 2018 Today, the Federal Transit Administration announced the recipients of $84.4 million in grants to local transit...

Field Hearing on California HSR Addresses Management Controls, Continued Commitment

August 16, 2018 Last Thursday (August 9), the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials met in California...

Guest Op-Ed: Usage Time (UT) – A Road Pricing Concept Overlooked?

On July 23, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) submitted a legislative proposal toward a...

NHTSA and EPA Propose CAFE Update to Freeze Mileage Standards

August 3, 2018 Yesterday, the Trump Administration issued a 978-page proposed rule that would freeze corporate average fuel economy...

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