Transportation Emissions

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Industry Leaders: Automakers Must Cut EV Battery Weight in Half

Experts call for lighter batteries, diversification of fuels, and a shift away from private cars and towrad public transit.

April 10, 2024 - Transport Topics

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Congress Hears Rural Transportation Challenges

A Congressional subcommittee heard testimony from rural transportation officials, transit providers, and lawmakers.

March 26, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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The Infrastructure Law Could Increase Transportation Emissions

With so much funding going to highway construction and expansion, the 2021 law could add 69 million metric tons of carbon to the atmosphere in the next two decades.

February 21, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Colorado Bill Would End Minimum Parking Requirements

Supporters of the bill say eliminating parking mandates would make housing more affordable and reduce carbon emissions.

February 19, 2024 - Fox 31

Freeway on-ramp sign for Interstate 15 in California.

California Commission Approves Freeway Expansion

The state Transportation Commission ultimately voted to move a controversial Inland Empire interstate project forward.

February 6, 2024 - Streetsblog California

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How Cities Are Tackling Delivery Emissions

As the popularity of delivery services grows, regulation and tech can address pollution challenges and limit congestion.

January 17, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Federal Government Awards $623 in EV Charging Grants

The grants will fund roughly 7,500 new chargers in neighborhoods and along key freeway corridors.

January 14, 2024 - Wired

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Lower Speed Limits as a Climate Action Tool

Slowing down traffic can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in addition to improving roadway safety.

January 10, 2024 - Policy Options

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Streetsblog’s Best and Worst of 2023 Transportation

While American roads didn’t get much safer by the numbers, new policies indicate a shift toward a more sustainable transportation future.

December 25, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

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10 Best, Worst States for Climate-Friendly, Equitable Transportation

California and Kentucky bookend a recent ranking of how well states are using federal infrastructure money to address climate change and racial inequities in their transportation networks.

December 12, 2023 - Route Fifty

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Opinion: California Must Walk the Walk on Transportation Emissions

While state leaders tout their climate goals at COP28, residents back home continue to fight highway expansion projects that induce traffic and increase emissions.

December 11, 2023 - Streetsblog California

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COP28: Will Developed Nations Reduce Emissions?

Tensions between developed and developing nations surfaced over emissions and energy, with the former focused on reducing fossil fuels and the latter pointing to unrealized emissions reductions from the nations most responsible for global warming.

December 6, 2023 - The Wall Street Journal

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Eugene Ends Parking Minimums

In a move that complies with a state law aimed at reducing transportation emissions, Eugene amended its parking rules to eliminate minimum requirements and set maximum parking lot sizes.

December 3, 2023 - NBC 16

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FHWA Issues Emissions Tracking Rule

The agency will require states to monitor transportation emissions and create plans to address air pollution.

November 28, 2023 - Route Fifty

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The ‘Three Pillars’ of Carbon Reduction, According to Caltrans

The California Department of Transportation released its draft carbon reduction strategy last month to apply for Carbon Reduction Program funds included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Road pricing plays a prominent role.

August 9, 2023 - CalTrans

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Google Maps Feature Identifies Most Fuel-Efficient Routes

A new feature highlights routes that use the least gas to help users make the most fuel-efficient driving decisions.

July 25, 2023 - The Verge

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Carzilla: How Huge SUVs and Trucks Hurt Pedestrians and Walkable Communities

Ever wonder where the supersizing of cars is going to end? Kaid Benfield dives deep into the subject and suggests five actions we can take to get to a safer spot in the road.

May 8, 2023 - PlaceShakers

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Proposed D.C. E-Bike Subsidy Packs an Economic Punch, Analysis Finds

A proposed rebate on electric bikes in the District would be more cost-effective in reducing gasoline miles driven than electric car subsidies thanks to the higher elasticity of e-bike demand.

January 31, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

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Federal Plan Takes Aim at Transportation Emissions

The U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization is designed to guide federal investment and regulations, focusing on electrification with a nod to transit investment and walkability.

January 10, 2023 - The Washington Post

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Comprehensive Transportation Emission Reduction Planning

Many jurisdictions have ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and are developing plans to achieve them. This column discusses the factors that should be considered in this planning process.

November 17, 2022 - Todd Litman

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