Sustainable Transportation

Aerial view of downtown Denver, Colorado with freeway in foreground

Colorado Emissions Reduction Plan Ties Sustainable Transportation to State Funding

The state’s Greenhouse Gas Planning Standard uses tangible financial penalties to prioritize transportation projects that reduce emissions.

February 6, 2023 - TransitCenter

Chicago Transit Authority Green Line Train at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT

Chicago Updating its Climate Action Plan for 2022

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Earth Day announced the forthcoming release of a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the effects of climate change.

April 28, 2022 - Streetsblog Chicago

A group of cyclists rides on a green painted bike line on the Embarcadero in Sa Francisco.

Report: Sustainable Transportation Proposals Face Costly, ‘Time-Consuming’ Environmental Studies

In another blow to California’s Environmental Quality Act, a new analysis shows that many green transportation projects are delayed or halted by an expensive, onerous review process and the threat of lawsuits.

April 14, 2022 - San Francisco Examiner

I-84 to I-5 Interstate Freeway in Portland Oregon with Long Exposure Vehicle Traffic Motion

Oregon Youth Activists Protest Highway Expansion

A group of young climate activists are demanding an end to traffic-inducing road expansion projects and a renewed commitment to sustainable, transit-oriented transportation.

January 27, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab


'15-Minute City' To Be Built in Utah

A community that focuses on reducing the need for car ownership and providing effective multimodal transportation and diverse land uses will be built from scratch on the site of the decommissioned Utah State Prison.

January 19, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Electric Cars

'Green Raiteros' Bring EV Transport to Farm Worker Community

An innovative electric car program in a small Central Valley town provides much-needed rides to low-income migrant workers.

January 16, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Highway Construction

Federal Memo 'Gently' Discourages Highway Construction

The Federal Highway Administration is urging states to prioritize climate-friendly projects and put federal funds toward repairs and active transportation infrastructure.

December 21, 2021 - Wired

Train crossing the Trisanna Bridge in Tobadill, Austria

'Klimaticket' Provides Seamless Travel Across Austria For $3.50 Per Day

A newly launched annual train pass is geared toward reducing private car trips and simplifying travel across all of Austria's public transport systems.

November 3, 2021 - CNN

Racing Cars

Partisan Splits for Transportation Politics

Researchers found that while left-leaning respondents were more likely to favor transportation reform and sustainable modes, conservatives are not as far behind as we think.

October 11, 2021 - Streetsblog USA

Snow Removal

Keeping Sidewalks Clear of Snow Should Not Be a Last Priority

When snow is not cleared from sidewalks, pedestrians face significant hazards and they are less inclined to walk.

March 15, 2020 - Slate

CTA Chicago

Making Climate Change a Priority for Transportation Planning

The threat of climate change has not guided transportation planning in Chicago, and the city and region could be doing much more to promote sustainable transportation, according to the article.

December 15, 2019 - Streetsblog Chicago

Metro Bikes

California Adds Bikeshare and E-Bikes to its List of Dirty, Old Car Replacement Options

The Clean Cars 4 All program provides incentives for low-income Californians to replace old, polluting cars with an electric car or a transit pass. Now residents can also choose electric-assist bikes and bikeshare as a mobility option.

September 12, 2019 - California Bicycle Coalition

Bus Stop and Bike Lane

The Varied Career of a Transit Service Planner

The career of Emily Yasukochi, senior associate at Nelson\Nygaard, has offered an incredible variety of experience and institutions considering it's all been centered around transit and sustainable transportation.

September 12, 2019 - James Brasuell

Copenhagen Train Station

Copenhagen Strives to Be Carbon Neutral by 2025

The Danish capital has an ambitious goal to be the world’s greenest and most bike-friendly city, and it is taking big steps to make that happen soon.

August 28, 2019 - Fast Company

Bird Scooter

Bird Lays Out Sustainability Goals for Scooters

The scooters contribute to a more diverse mobility landscape, but the environmental impacts of producing and maintaining them need to be reduced.

April 26, 2019 - Fast Company


The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Sustainable Transportation

How to design a transit system that is safe, green, and beautiful.

August 24, 2018 - ASLA The Dirt

Renewable Energy

How We Can Better Integrate the Energy Industry into Eco-Friendly Planning

There are plenty of opportunities to green the world's energy production and consumption infrastructure, but it will take good planning.

February 27, 2018 - Kayla Matthews

Boris Johnson's Last Act in Office: Opening New Cycle Superhighways

Last Friday, before leaving his office as Mayor of London, Boris Johnson opened London’s new "Crossrail" Cycle Superhighways, as the new Mayor Sadiq Khan was declared that evening.

May 13, 2016 - Cities of the Future

Bicycle Infrastructure Fail(s)

An op-ed by Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize Design Company.

May 6, 2016 - Cities of the Future

Urban Mobility Plans Key To More Efficient and Integrated Planning

"Urban Mobility Plans – National Approaches and Local Practice," a new guidebook by the Sustainable Urban Transportation Project, describes specific policies and planning practices to maximize urban transport system efficiency.

December 16, 2014 - Urban Mobility Plans – National Approaches and Local Practice

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