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.

TRB Summarizes “Critical Issues in Transportation” for 2018

December 7, 2018 The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has issued a new...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 10, 2018

Tuesday, December 11 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment – subcommittee hearing on the 21st Century...

Guest Op-Ed: New Mobility Advice for Cities

December 5, 2018 The rapid introduction of micromobility, such as dockless scooters and bikes, in US cities is showing incredible...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of December 3, 2018

POSTPONED Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – House Energy and Commerce – Subcommittee on Environment – subcommittee hearing on the...

Key Stakeholders Provide Comment on CAFE Standards Revision

November 2, 2018 In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)...

Agencies Issue Final Rule to Streamline Federal Permitting

November 2, 2018 The Department of Transportation and three federal agencies issued a final rule this week that changes agency...

Op-Ed: Addressing the Current and Future Challenges of Public Transit

October 25, 2018 Last week I was invited to speak at and participate in the Minnesota-Wisconsin Public Transportation Conference and...

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...

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