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.

“Green New Deal” Outline Introduced in House, Senate

February 8, 2019 Yesterday, progressive Members of Congress introduced a non-binding resolution calling on Congress to adopt a...

Capitol Hill Events – Week of February 4, 2019

Tuesday, February 5 – Senate Environment and Public Works – full committee business meeting to vote on pending business including...

Is the Federal-Aid Highway Program Compatible With the “Green New Deal?”

January 25, 2019 The Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives has energized progressives, and many are choosing to spend...

TRB Session Highlights Three Key Findings from Transportation Chapter of National Climate Assessment

January 18, 2019 Transportation infrastructure is at risk from severe weather events compounded by climate change, according to the...

Price of Emergency Relief Bill Increases by $4.3 Billion for Water Infrastructure, Nutrition

January 11, 2019 Next week, the House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a $12.1 billion package of emergency disaster...

Eno Staff to Participate in TRB Annual Meeting Sessions

Eno staff will participate in several sessions at the TRB Annual Meeting next week, presenting on topics ranging from transportation...

Overdue and Overlooked: Congestion Pricing

January 9, 2019 While no silver bullet will fix the woes of urban mobility and access, transportation economists believe that...

Op-Ed: Four Transportation Policy Predictions for 2019

Transportation in the United States is in the midst of major change. Last year brought a record number of airline passengers to...

Op-Ed: The Future of the Interstate Highway System

December 14, 2018 Few things are more American than the Interstate Highway System. Conceived to facilitate commerce across state...

Stakeholders Debate Future of Renewable Fuel Standard at House Hearing

December 13, 2018 A bill that would require new cars to operate using more efficient gasoline and sunset the Renewable Fuel Standard...

What Is the Future of the Interstate Highway System? TRB Consensus Study Released

December 6, 2018 Three years and two days after the enactment of the FAST Act, the Transportation Research Board of the National...

Op-Ed: Remembering George H.W. Bush and the ADA

December 5, 2018 As the nation paused for the funeral of President George Herbert Walker Bush, his lasting mark on our...

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