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4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19
4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected almost all aspects of transportation. For the public sector, economic shutdowns have gutted the tax revenue needed to buy and maintain government vehicle fleets. Perhaps no municipal entity has been hit harder than public transit agencies, which ...
Special Correspondent: IBM Works to Enhance Public Transport in Nigeria
Special Correspondent: IBM Works to Enhance Public Transport in Nigeria
It’s 4:00 p.m. on a Wednesday and I am sitting shirtless at a hotel in southeastern Nigeria.  I am not at the office because electricity from the grid was no longer and there was no diesel for the generator.  My ...
Fuel Tax Increase Necessary to Cut Transportation Emissions
Fuel Tax Increase Necessary to Cut Transportation Emissions
Raising the price of gas to $7 per gallon may be necessary to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2020 targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 14 percent, says a new report from Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and ...
Transportation in Jobs Bill: Chance to Act on Lessons Learned
Transportation in Jobs Bill: Chance to Act on Lessons Learned
Last week, the Senate passed its jobs legislation, which would send $19.5 billion to the highway trust fund and extend the 2005 transportation law (SAFETEA-LU). The House will act on jobs legislation this week. Among other things, the Senate bill ...
D.C. Council Evaluates Aftermath of Snowstorms
D.C. Council Evaluates Aftermath of Snowstorms
More questions were asked than answered at this morning’s public oversight hearing on the District’s response to the recent “snow events” (i.e. back-to-back blizzards in February.) The hearing, held in the John A. Wilson Building, was led by Councilmember Jim ...
Voinovich and Other Lawmakers: Let’s Get to Work on Reauthorization
Voinovich and Other Lawmakers: Let’s Get to Work on Reauthorization
On the heels of Senator George Voinovich’s announcement earlier this week that the Senate will take up the long-term reauthorization of the U.S. transportation bill this year, Voinovich (R-OH) and several colleagues gathered at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, ...
Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Highlights Transit, Livability
Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Highlights Transit, Livability
Today’s National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) meeting was evidence of a region ready to embrace sustainable planning, enhance its transit offerings, and improve its environment. The TPB is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the D.C. ...
For Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" Campaign, Don’t Forget Planning and Design
For Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move" Campaign, Don’t Forget Planning and Design
Yesterday, Michelle Obama rolled out her campaign against childhood obesity, dubbed “Let’s Move.” Along with the First Lady’s influential leadership, the project is backed by some significant resources, including as much as $1 billion a year in federal funds for ...
Food Trucks: Tasty, But Tricky
Food Trucks: Tasty, But Tricky
Yesterday morning, Prince of Petworth pointed out the opening of DC’s newest food truck, Sauca.  You can track its location here. Sauca is the latest addition to our local food cart explosion, joining the likes of the Fojol Brothers, SweetFlow ...
Where's Low Carbon Transport in Post-Copenhagen Pledges?
Where's Low Carbon Transport in Post-Copenhagen Pledges?
The first major piece of follow-up to the Copenhagen Accord took place Monday: the countries responsible for the bulk of climate-altering pollution formally submitted emission reduction plans, meeting the agreement’s Jan. 31 deadline. Fifty-five developed and developing countries submitted plans ...
State of the Union: Billions of Dollars for High-Speed Rail, But What About Other Modes of Transport?
State of the Union: Billions of Dollars for High-Speed Rail, But What About Other Modes of Transport?
Last night, President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address, announcing that Florida will receive $1 billion for a high-speed rail line (running between Tampa and Orlando.) In total, 13 major corridors will receive $8 billion in stimulus ...
U.S. Stimulus “Jobs Bill” Signals Major Opportunity to Improve Safety and Save Money
U.S. Stimulus “Jobs Bill” Signals Major Opportunity to Improve Safety and Save Money
By mandating or incentivizing Fix it First and transit projects, the Jobs Bill can create more jobs, save lives and alleviate fiscal constraints on communities
Blogging from TRB: More Prep for a Performance-Based Reauthorization
Blogging from TRB: More Prep for a Performance-Based Reauthorization
Talk of the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill, and how to prepare for it, permeated this year’s Transportation Research Board meeting. (See what we’ve wrote about it before here.)  As a follow-up to a session on visions for performance-based ...
Blogging from TRB: Introducing the USDOT Leadership
Blogging from TRB: Introducing the USDOT Leadership
Last Thursday, attendees of the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting had the unique opportunity to “meet the USDOT leadership.” A panel of administrators and deputy administrators of DOT’s various sub-agencies presented their priorities and plans for the coming years.  Speakers ...
Blogging from TRB: Performance-Based Funding Systems in the United States
Blogging from TRB: Performance-Based Funding Systems in the United States
A highlight of yesterday’s TRB sessions was a panel discussion on the performance-based funding system that is widely expected to be included in reauthorization of the federal transportation bill. There is a growing consensus that in order to justify higher ...
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