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.

Albuquerque’s bus system starts zero-fare experiment for 2022

More American cities are thinking about their transit systems that way, according to Robert Puentes, who heads up the ENO Center for...

EPW Panel Releases Revised Text of Its Budget Reconciliation Title

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee today released its title of the "Build Back Better" budget reconciliation bill today,...

Putting Climate into the Infrastructure Law

Its single biggest investment category, however, is roads and bridges. Jeff Davis of the Eno Center for Transportation broke this...

Why U.S. Infrastructure Costs So Much

Romic Aevaz, a policy analyst at the Eno Center for Transportation who led another recent study on transit construction costs,...

How the House spending bill funds additional infrastructure

The five years of funding in the infrastructure law, as tallied by Jeff Davis, would flow to states and be shaped by local needs,...

Infrastructure Act Focus Shifts to Rolling Out the Funds

Jeff Davis, Eno Center for Transportation senior fellow, says that $59 billion in apportioned 2022 highway funding—up $13.8 billion,...

Infrastructure measure includes fund to ensure nation’s transit stations are accessible

Lawmakers have tucked a dozen or so similar funds into the package, according to an analysis by Jeff Davis, a senior fellow at the Eno...

Northstar rail runs into trouble in Anoka County

"A lot of regions are grappling with some of the same challenges," said Paul Lewis, policy director at the Eno Center for...

Senate Passes Bill Freeing Up $123 Billion in COVID Aid for Infrastructure

Quietly and with no debate, the U.S. Senate on October 19 passed legislation freeing up almost $123 billion of the $350 billion state...

White House Issues First Round of NEPA Regulation Re-Rewrites

This week, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued the first of multiple forthcoming rules undoing changes made by the Trump...

The Case for Better Rail Transit Routing to Maximize Public Benefits

This article is focused on aspects of Eno’s latest report: Saving Time and Making Cents: A Blueprint for Building Transit...

The High Cost of Over-Customized Transit Stations

Public transit stations are an important part of the communities they serve. Good design can have a positive impact on riders and help...

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