Environmental News Highlights – August 4, 2021

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Senate Moves $1.2T Infrastructure Package Forward – AASHTO Journal

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg On Wins, Losses, Future Of Infrastructure Deal – NPR’s All Things Considered


A Look at What the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Would Do – New York Times


Macroeconomic Consequences of the Infrastructure and Budget Reconciliation Plans – Moody’s Analytics (link to PDF)

COVID-19

Boston transportation leaders speak on sharing spaces, investing in communities post-COVID – Boston Herald


Public Transportation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and how it shapes transit’s future – Community Transportation Association of America (link to PDF)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

North Dakota uniquely positioned for emerging carbon capture infrastructure revolution KXMA/KXMB/KXMC/KXMD-TV

LaGuardia Airport Terminal First In The World To Achieve LEED v4 Gold Status – Environment and Energy Leader

 

AIR QUALITY

Hybrid Pioneer Toyota Pushes Congress To Slow Down Transition To Electric Cars – Forbes


EVs Growing in Rural Calif. Thanks to Local Partnership – Government Technology

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Building the future by recruiting a diverse workforce, developing talent – Michigan DOT’s Talking Michigan Transportation podcast

What It Looks Like to Reconnect Black Communities Torn Apart by Highways – CityLab

NATURAL RESOURCES

Sound Transit teams with regional agencies for ‘Trees for Rail’ – Progressive Railroading


Keep It Clean, UtahUtah DOT


Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals – AP

 

CULTURAL RESOURCES

More Art, Fewer Accidents? – The Philadelphia Citizen


National parks are so crowded that Congress is getting involved – Bloomberg

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Study Examines Links between Commuting, Air Pollution – AASHTO Journal


MnDOT, Tourism Center asking for input on teleworking project – Minnesota DOT



Moovit Integrates Lime Electric Scooters, Bikes, Mopeds Into Transit Planning App – TechCrunch

Senate’s E-BIKE Act could make electric bikes a lot cheaper – The Verge

Midland City Council approves updated U.S. bike route plan – Midland Daily News

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Racial Equity Addendum to Critical Issues in Transportation – TRB



Transporting New Energy Options Safely is Key for U.S. Economy – TRB


TRB Webinar: Road Passages and Barriers for Small Terrestrial WildlifeTRB


TRB Webinar: Roadsides as Transportation Assets – Georgia Case Study – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Port Access Route Study: The Pacific Coast From Washington to California – Coast Guard (Notification of study; request for comments)

National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; Monitoring Requirements for Use of Dispersants and Other ChemicalsEPA (Final rule)


Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program (Renewal) – EPA (Notice)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice; request for public comment)



Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory GroupFAA (Solicitation of applications)
Public Meeting/Notice of Availability for Proposed Air Tour Management Plans at Mount Rainier National Park; Death Valley National Park; Everglades National Park; and Olympic National ParkFAA (Public meeting/notice)

Notice of Availability of a Final General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System, Bakersfield to Palmdale Section – FRA (Notice)

Notice of Matching Fund Opportunity for Ocean and Coastal Mapping and Request for Partnership Proposals – NOAA (Announcement of matching fund program opportunity, request for proposals, and request for interest by October 29, 2021)


Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Offshore Morro Bay, California, East and West Extensions – Call for Information and Nominations Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice)


Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Kitty Hawk Offshore Wind Project Offshore North Carolina – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – July 28th, 2021

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Senate infrastructure bill ‘90%’ done, but hits new roadblock over transit funding – AP

Bipartisan infrastructure bill in the Senate is an island in a sea of partisanship – Washington Post

$47 billion for coastal resilience included in Senate infrastructure bill – WVEC-TV

Majority support key parts of sweeping new infrastructure bill: poll – The Hill

COVID-19

COVID-19 Affecting Transportation in Massachusetts – AASHTO Journal

House passes bill to require TSA plan on improving airport security screenings during pandemic – The Hill

Parking Startups Are Cashing In on America’s Traffic Surge – Businessweek

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Here Are People Not Blown Away by NJ’s Offshore Wind Power Plans – WCAU-TV

Disputed LaGuardia AirTrain Plan Gets Federal Approval – Patch

After Oregon’s Heat Wave, State’s Leading Environmental Groups Call for Transportation Overhaul – Willamette Week

Pittsburgh Airport’s Microgrid Is A Worthy But Tough To Duplicate Example Of Resiliency – Forbes

Colorado backs off plan to require large employers to encourage reduced car travel Colorado Newsline

Calif.’s Push Toward Electric Cars May Harm Planet Anyway – Los Angeles Times

Iowa has a big opportunity to pave the way for electric vehicles – Des Moines Register (Opinion)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

New actions report unveiled by California Transit Association to impact equity in transit arena – California Transit Association

Some In the Environmental Justice Movement Oppose A Carbon Tax. That’s A Problem For Democrats. – Forbes

How Va. pipeline ruling may reshape environmental justice – E&E News

Building a bridge to equity in transportation planning – Portland Business Journal

NATURAL RESOURCES

North Carolina Department of Transportation collects more than 8 million pounds of roadside litter – WXII-TV

How Cities Can Live Through Climate Change With ‘Managed Retreat’ – Honolulu Civil Beat

CULTURAL RESOURCES

How Philly transformed a trolley station into a garden – WHYY Radio

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

New study examines commuter characteristics and traffic pollution exposure among commuters George Mason University

N.H. DOT Targets $15 Million Annual Budget For Bike Lanes, Sidewalks And Other Active Transportation – New Hampshire Public Radio

Can Pittsburgh Make ‘Mobility as a Service’ Succeed? – CityLab

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Racial Equity Addendum to Critical Issues in Transportation – TRB

TRB Webinar: Road Passages and Barriers for Small Terrestrial Wildlife – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Port Access Route Study: Northern New York Bight; Correction – Coast Guard, (Notice; correction)

Ocean Dumping; Modification of an Ocean Dredged Material Disposal Site Offshore Port Everglades, Florida – EPA (Final rule)

Availability of Record of Decision for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Proposed LaGuardia Access Improvement Project at LaGuardia Airport (LGA), New York City, Queens County, New YorkFAA (Notice of availability for Record of Decision)

Notice of Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Project – FRA, FTA (Notice)

Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Ventilation Plans, Tests, and Examinations in Underground Coal Mines – Mine Safety and Health Administration (Request for public comments)

Proposed Extension of Information Collection; Mine Mapping and Records of Opening, Closing, and Reopening of Mines – Mine Safety and Health Administration (Request for public comments)

Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, CA – National Park Service (Notice)

 

Environmental News Highlights – July 21, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

House Appropriations Releases USDOT Funding Bill – AASHTO Journal

Transportation Stakeholders Renew Calls for Congressional Action – Transport Topics

Congress returns to face big to-do list – infrastructure, social spending, debt limit – MarketWatch

Senate Budget Has Funds To Ensure Infrastructure Works As The Climate Changes – NPR

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: Progressives May Sink Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Without Reconciliation Deal – Democracy Now

COVID-19

Transit systems dangle discounts, new tech as they try to turn the corner on the pandemic – NBC News

Clarence Thomas rejects appeal to halt federal mask mandate on public transportation – Fox News

CDC defends U.S. transit mask mandate as some call for scrapping – Reuters

Transportation Agencies Grapple With Lasting Effects of Telework – Route Fifty

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

New York Issues $110M to Support Local Transportation – AASHTO Journal

Identifying Communities ‘Most at Risk’ During Evacuations – AASHTO Journal

Senator Collins & Maine DOT Commissioner Van Note Survey Two Planned Infrastructure Projects in Searsport – Senator Susan Collins (Media release)

AIR QUALITY

USDOT, power sector seen as partners in creating infrastructure for net-zero economy – DailyEnergyInsider

“Ambitious” plan to reduce emissions at Pacific Northwest ports open for public comment – KING-TV

Transportation innovations could boost public health – Cornell University (Media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

How Local Governments Can Spend Their Federal Funds To Boost Equity – Route Fifty

Congressional plan would reconnect neighborhoods like Philly’s Chinatown, fractured by highwaysPhiladelphia Inquirer

Maine joins debate over how to define environmental justice – Energy News Network

PennDOT Releases Transportation Equity Report, Highlights Efforts to Dismantle Systemic Racism and Inequity in Transportation – PennDOT (Media release)

NATURAL RESOURCES

The Challenges with Enforcing the Clean Water Act and Monitoring Pollution – GAO (Podcast)

EU Plans to Plant Three Billion Trees Under Forestry StrategyBloomberg Green

Company, Wisconsin Airport at Odds Over Proposed Trash Facility; Birds, FAA Certificate Among Concerns – WXPR Radio

A concrete solution to fish passage barriers – WSDOT (Media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Ohio DOT Unveils Quaker Heritage Scenic Byway – AASHTO Journal

In Metcalfe Park, organizers use murals to build community — and slow traffic – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Pilot Seeks Better Micromobility Safety at Intersections – AASHTO Journal

Will Ohio DOT’s New Walking and Biking Plan Make a Difference? – Columbus Underground

After 5-year wait, bike racks finally being installed in Ventnor and Margate, New Jersey – Downbeach

Drivesmart column: Where do non-traditional ‘vehicles’ fit in on the roads? – Cowichan Valley Citizen (Opinion)

Union County, NJ to be Awarded Grant for Cranford-Elizabeth Rails to Trails Feasibility Study – County of Union (Media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Public Transit as a Climate Solution – TRB

Infrastructure for a Changing Climate – National Academies

Report Outlines How Public Transit Agencies Can Advance Equity – University of Texas at Austin

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Port Access Route Study: Northern New York Bight – Coast Guard (Notice of availability of draft report and public meeting; request for comments)

Removal of the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program From the Southern Maine Area – EPA (Notification of final action on petition)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment)

St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Bicycling – National Park Service (Proposed rule)

Environmental News Highlights – July 14, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Updates Key Surface Transportation Priorities – AASHTO Journal

Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus backs Senate infrastructure deal, calling for House vote – CBS News

Business groups, unions join together on infrastructure plan – AP

Senate eyes taking up bipartisan infrastructure deal as soon as July 19 – The Hill

The rocky road ahead for the House surface bill – Politico

PHMSA Seeks Ideas to Improve Safe Hazmat Transportation – Transport Topics

COVID-19

Sen. Rand Paul vows to repeal federal mask mandate for passengers on flights – WLKY-TV

NEPA

Tree Thinning, The Federal Government and NEPA – How It All Works – The Good Men Project

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Caltrans Awards Funds for Sustainable Transportation Projects – AASHTO Journal

Solar Is Dirt-Cheap and About to Get Even More Powerful – Bloomberg Green

Gov. Signs Climate Change Bill to Protect Coastal Communities – WVIT-TV

LAX, Van Nuys Airport To Eliminate Plastic Water Bottles By June 30, 2023 – KCAL-TV

Environmental group sues Gulf, Shell over New Haven oil terminal concerns – New Haven Register

AIR QUALITY

Battery-powered trains could be a climate game changer. Is everyone all aboard? – Los Angeles Times

County plans to lower emissions to comply with Clean Air Act – Austin Monitor

Gov. Burgum wants to get North Dakota carbon neutral by 2030. It’s a tall task. – Grand Forks Herald

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

ATCMTD Grants Include Racial Equity, Environmental Factors – AASHTO Journal

The Gender Divide in Transport Is Starting to Crumble – CityLab

Memphis pipeline canceled after environmental justice feud – E&E News

NATURAL RESOURCES

Some locals say a Bitcoin mining operation is ruining one of the Finger Lakes. Here’s how. – NBC News

California lawmakers approve more than $60 million budget to fund wildlife crossing projectsKGO

In Wildfire Country, It’s Time to Lay Off the Fireworks – CityLab

Hawaii DOT Outlines Actions Taken To Protect Endangered Seabirds At Airports, Harbors – Hawaii Governor’s Office (Media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Brad King: Tearing down some common myths about historic preservation – Muncie Star Press (Opinion)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

GTC announces online bicycling map – Livingston County News

How a trail in rural Oregon became a target of far-right extremism – High Country News

Can ride-sharing technology change local transit? Seattle-area county testing app-based bus system – GeekWire

As infrastructure and transportation bills make their way through Congress, demand for e-bikes soar in the US – Greater Greater Washington

Love Them Or Hate Them, Fort Collins Is Going All-In On E-Scooters And Bikes – KUNC

Montgomery County Department of Transportation Commuter Services Participants Win Three Regional ‘Commuter Connections’ Awards – Montgomery County, MD (Media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

How Technology Can Create a More Sustainable and Resilient Transportation System – ITS America (Webinar announcement)

Webinar: The New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies – ENO Center for Transportation

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary Announcement of Public Meetings; Request for Public Comments – Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (Notice)

Frequently Asked Questions on 911 Notifications Following Possible Pipeline Ruptures – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice; draft frequently asked questions)

Environmental News Highlights – July 7, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

House Passes ‘INVEST in America’ Reauthorization Bill – AASHTO Journal

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $905.25 Million in Proposed Awards for the FY 2021 Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant Program – USDOT

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Secretary Buttigieg Speaks at NYC Penn Station on Infrastructure, Hudson Tunnels – USDOT

Maryland Awards Climate Resilience Grants to Seven Communities – Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Massachusetts Senate passes $300 million transportation infrastructure bill – Boston Herald

Will Miami’s Growth Be Cut Short by Sea-Level Rise? – CityLab

Infrastructure deal offers far-reaching ag benefits – Agri-Pulse

Infrastructure spending has always involved social engineering – The Conversation (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

Nine State DOTs Win ‘Low-No’ Emission Grants from FTA – AASHTO Journal

As car-centric Cape Cod tries to cut emissions, transportation is a challenge – Energy News Network

Tennessee Valley Authority Considers Replacing Coal With Gas – AP

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Flood relocation programs more disruptive to those who don’t live in white or affluent neighborhoods – Rice University

The U.S. Transportation Department’s Quest to Become a Driver of Justice – CityLab

Can public-private collaboration boost transport equity? – Cities Today

NATURAL RESOURCES

A watershed moment: How Boston’s Charles River went from polluted to pristine – Grist

L.A. Is Now a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Here’s Why It’s a Big Deal – Los Angeles Magazine

A wake-up call for water resilience in the West – The Hill (Opinion)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

National Parks Could Receive Billions For Repairs From Transportation Bill – National Parks Traveler

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Making the Route 1 Corridor More Walkable and Safer for Pedestrians, Bicyclists – Hyattsville Wire

GO Transit increases walking and cycling access to GO Stations – Metrolinx

Capital Bikeshare gears up for expansion as commuters resume pre-pandemic routines Washington Post

Paddle Safe Twin Ports: A data-based website keeping Lake Superior paddlers safe – KBJR-TV

Q&A: North Park’s bikeway project should be complete this month. How will it impact the community? – San Diego Union-Tribune

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

How We Move Matters: Exploring the Connections between New Transportation and Mobility Options and Environmental Health–A Workshop – TRB

TRB Webinar: Are We All in the Same Boat? Involving Communities in Coastal Resilience – TRB

TRB Webinar: Public Transit as a Climate Solution – TRB

Deploying Transportation Resilience Practices in State DOTs – NCHRP

TTI Publishes 2021 Urban Mobility Report – Texas A&M Transportation Institute

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification for a Virtual Public Meeting – EPA (Notification)

Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2015 Ozone, National Air Quality – EPA (Proposed rule)

Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York; 2011 Periodic Emission Inventory SIP for the Ozone Nonattainment Areas – EPA (Proposed rule)

Air Plan Approval; Michigan; Partial Approval and Partial Disapproval for Infrastructure SIP Requirements for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS – EPA (Proposed rule)

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC): Notice of Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Blue Valley Land Exchange, Grand and Summit Counties, CO – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore VirginiaBureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – June 30, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

White House, Senators Agree on Infrastructure Funding Proposal – AASHTO Journal

Infrastructure deal would boost investments in transportation, with infusions for rail and transit
Washington Post

Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal May Be A Tough Sell To The Rest Of Congress – NPR

Portman, Manchin Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill To Finish Appalachian Development Highway System – Senator Rob Portman (News release)


Factsheet: President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework – White House (News release)

COVID-19

Pandemic experiments morph into long-term solutions for SF transit agency – San Francisco Examiner

For Disabled Users, the ‘Open Streets’ of the Pandemic Remain Closed – CityLab

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

State DOTs Bracing for Highly Active Hurricane Season – AASHTO Journal

Some say “no climate, no deal” as EVs, green energy lose traction in infrastructure compromise – Green Car Reports

Plan to let many San Diego businesses eliminate parking spots clears key hurdle – San Diego Union-Tribune

Small Cities Can’t Manage the High Cost of Old Infrastructure – Governing

AIR QUALITY

Oregon lawmakers approve ambitious carbon-reduction goals for state energy grid – Oregon Public Broadcasting

Regional initiative to cut road emissions wins RI Senate approval – Providence Journal

Germany Confronts the Future of Short-Haul Flights – CityLab

Activists push back against rising air pollution from Sea-Tac Airport – KUOW Radio

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $182 Million in Grants to Expand Low or No Emission Transit Vehicles & Facilities Nationwide – FTA

DOE researchers examine biofuels for maritime shipping – US Department of Energy

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The White House Wants To Fight Climate Change And Help People. Cleveland Led The Way – NPR’s Morning Edition

EPA Creates $50 Million Fund For Environmental Justice Initiatives – Rolling Stone

How Climate-Proofing Mass Transit Can Make Cities More Equitable – Bloomberg Green

5 Ways to Shape a Greener, More Equitable Recovery Through Transport – TheCityFix

NATURAL RESOURCES

Tennessee Agencies Work Together to Support Pollinators – AASHTO Journal

New Yorkers fled to the Hamptons in 2020 – and sparked a major sewage crisis – The Guardian

Nationwide evaluation of tree cover shows huge opportunity to reduce heat exposure and boost air quality and employment – American Forests (News release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Lehigh Valley lands $1.4 million for bike trails, cycling organizations and pedestrian safety – Morning Call

State rules out I-90 pedestrian path despite feasibility study – Billings Gazette

A downtown Aspen without cars? Not so fast, council says – Aspen Times

How walkable Delaware beach towns are trying to prevent pedestrian and bike crashes this summer – Delaware News Journal

TransLink launches new on-demand bike lockers – South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (News release)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Official Trail Marker for the New England National Scenic Trail – National Park Service (Notice of designation)

Air Plan Approval; Nebraska; Revisions to Title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code; Chapter 39 Visible Emissions From Diesel-Powered Motor Vehicles – EPA (Final rule)

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New Jersey and New York; 1997 Ozone Attainment Demonstrations for the NY-NJ-CT Nonattainment Area – EPA (Proposed rule)

Request for Nominations of Candidates for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Particulate Matter (PM) Panel – EPA (Notice)

Petition for Approval: Alaska Railroad Corporation Approval Extension – FRA (Notice of conditional approval)

Alaska Region Supplement to Forest Service Manual 2720: Special Uses; Outfitting and Guiding Permit for Strictly Point-To-Point Commercial Transportation to, From, and Within the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Subunit of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area – Forest Service (Notice of availability for public comment)

Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary Designation; Final Regulations – NOAA (Final rule)

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Empire Offshore Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facilities Offshore New York – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement)

Environmental News Highlights – June 23, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

Senate Committee Leaves AV Bill out of Transportation Package – AASHTO Journal

AASHTO Co-Signs Letter Urging Action on Surface Reauthorization – AASHTO Journal

Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is ‘a strong, bold climate bill’ – The Hill

11 GOP senators back bipartisan infrastructure plan, boosting its chances of moving forward – CNBC

GOP, Democrats trade places on drivers paying for infrastructure – Bloomberg

What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal – Route Fifty

COVID-19

COVID-19: TSA Could Better Monitor Its Efforts to Reduce Infectious Disease Spread at Checkpoints – GAO

Research finds links between air quality and COVID vulnerability: UCLA – KTTV-TV

Alcohol-involved Utah traffic deaths doubled during pandemic – AP

Innovating airports for post pandemic resilience – Aerospace Manufacturing

NEPA

Analysis: Biden may hinder oil and gas drilling even after court loss – Reuters

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

A Little More Remote Work Could Change Rush Hour a Lot – New York Times

Louisiana steers federal money to infrastructure upgrades – AP

House passes bills to expedite airport upgrades, improve notams – AOPA

Reframing strategic, managed retreat for transformative climate adaptation – Science Magazine

AIR QUALITY

Vermont is in wait and see mode on the Transportation and Climate Initiative. Will it join in full? – Bennington Banner

Committee Moves Transportation Emissions, School Recycling and Environmental Justice Bills to Full Senate – ecoRI News

OCTA takes another step toward transitioning to zero-emission buses – Orange County Transportation Authority (Press release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Milwaukee Aims to Fight Disparities, Reduce Emissions With All-Electric Bus Line – Up North News

Bulldozed and bisected: Highway construction built a legacy of inequality – NBC News

Introducing the Transit Equity Dashboard – TransitCenter

NATURAL RESOURCES

Las Vegas pushes land swap to balance growth, conservation – AP

More than noise: Cicadas cause car trouble, AAA warns – WHBQ-TV

North Carolina set to exceed a record amount of roadside litter collection, NCDOT says – WXII-TV

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Improv theater training is helping a once-hidebound transit agency learn to work smarter. It’s a trend that’s catching on. – Philadelphia Inquirer

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Grand Rapids grows micromobility pilot with more e-scooters, bikes – Grand Rapids Business Journal

Burlington airport exhibit takes aim at stigma of mental illness – WVNY-TV

Former West Virginia railroad designated as national trail – AP

NY running campaign to promote pedestrian safety – WTEN-TV

City Seeks Input on Downtown “People Powered” Transportation – Fullerton Observer

Less driving = better lives – Commonwealth (Op-ed)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Annual Meeting Will Be an In-person Event in 2022 – TRB

TRB Webinar: Addressing Justice in Transportation – TRB

Building Socioeconomic Equity Through Transportation Research – TRB (Blog)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Hazardous Materials Route Registry – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Notice; revisions to the listing of designated and restricted routes for hazardous materials)

Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Relocation of the Port of Alaska’s South Floating Dock, Anchorage, Alaska – NOAA (Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments on proposed authorization and possible Renewal)

Environmental News Highlights – June 16, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

House T&I Approves 5-Year Surface Transportation Bill After Contentious 17-hour Mark Up – AASHTO Journal

Bipartisan group of U.S. senators says it has a deal on infrastructure framework – Reuters

$5.6B in Earmarks Included in Transportation Bill – Route Fifty

Rural Transit Gets Rare Bipartisan Backing for Infrastructure – Bloomberg Government

What Is Pete Buttigieg Doing? – The Atlantic

Why Infrastructure Spending Should Empower Megaregions – Governing (Commentary)

COVID-19

Requirement for Face Masks on Public Transportation Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs: Summary of Recent Changes – CDC

U.S. Department of Transportation Thanks Transit Agencies for Helping Americans Access COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Nationwide and Encourages More to Step up as Part of National Month of Action – USDOT

NEPA

U.S. Congresswoman Liz Cheney Introduces NEPA Reform Bill to Streamline Regulations and Empower State/Local Leaders – Sierra Sun Times

Infrastructure funding might throw environmental protections under the bus – The Hill (Opinion)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Climate emerges as infrastructure sticking point – The Hill

City earns Gold LEED-certification from U.S. Green Building Council – WCTV-TV

Oregon beefs up graffiti removal along Portland freeways but struggles to eradicate it – The Oregonian

Los Angeles will Use Data to Promote Sustainable Transportation: Here’s How

Environment + Energy Leader

AIR QUALITY

Connecticut DOT Climate Initiative Program and Partnership with Department of Environmental Protection – AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

U.S. EPA to re-examine health standards for harmful soot – Reuters

New Colorado Air Quality Plan Encourages Alternatives To Driving To Work – KCNC-TV

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

New data maps transit’s racial inequities – Journal of Oak Park and River Forest

Biden’s Energy Department Pick Seen As Staunch Environmental Justice Advocate – NPR

NATURAL RESOURCES

Arizona DOT Continues Work to Preserve Rare Cactus – AASHTO Journal

Illinois DOT Mowing Program also Protects Pollinator Habitat – AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence

Biden pushes protection for more streams and wetlands, targeting a major Trump rollback – Washington Post

NDOT Encourages Nevadans to Use Best Practices in Landscaping to Protect Stormwater Runoff – Nevada Department of Transportation (News release)

Vital clean-water protections are under legislative threat in Ohio: George A. Elmaraghy – Cleveland Plain Dealer (Opinion)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

RIDOT: Plan to make East Bay Bike Path detour safer in the works – WPRI-TV

St. Louis using zebra-style delineators to help separate car and bike traffic – KTVI-TV

What Will It Take to Finish This Bike Trail Across the U.S.? – CityLab

Railroad track removal underway for Parkline Trail – Daily Inter Lake

Dover Community Trail celebrates grand opening of latest expansion – Foster’s Daily Democrat

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Compost It! Environmental Benefits of Compost in Highway Roadsides – TRB

AASHTO Executive Institute Now Taking Applications – AASHTO Journal

The Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Mental Health Outcomes – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Division on Earth and Life Studies

Inaugural Trails and Greenways Summit Announced for September 2021 – New Jersey DOT

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Pipeline Safety: Statutory Mandate To Update Inspection and Maintenance Plans To Address Eliminating Hazardous Leaks and Minimizing Releases of Natural Gas From Pipeline Facilities Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice; issuance of advisory bulletin)

Public Meeting of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee – U.S. Geological Survey (Notice of public meeting)

Forest Service Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Advisory Committee – Forest Service, USDA. (Notice of meeting)

Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 8 (ATLW-8) for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the New York Bight – Proposed Sale Notice – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, (Proposed sale notice; request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – June 9, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

House T&I Committee Unveils $547B Surface Transportation Bill – AASHTO Journal

Proposed House Surface Transportation Bill Provides Step Toward Reauthorization – AASHTO

USDOT Seeks Transportation Equity Assessment Input – AASHTO Journal

How both Democrats and Republicans alike traded away their principles for bipartisanship in the Senate’s transportation proposal – Transportation for America (Blog)

COVID-19

KYTC Focused on Infrastructure Work as Pandemic Recedes – AASHTO Journal

Buttigieg defends mask mandates on public transportation as a matter of ‘safety’ and ‘respect’ – Business Insider

NEPA

Death by a thousand cuts”: How Congress continues to whittle away at a critical environmental policy – Grist

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Wyoming’s infrastructure wishlist – WyoFile

Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities? – New York Times

Utah’s ‘road usage charge’ gives a road map for future tax on green drivers – Deseret News

State looks to build on Kern’s success employing homeless people in highway cleanup work – Bakersfield American

As storms become more frequent and volatile, some ports plan for the risk – but most do not – Supply Chain Dive

How Boeing and Alaska Airlines are Tackling Sustainability in Aviation – Environment + Energy Leader

AIR QUALITY

U.S. cities hire specialists to counter climate change as impacts worsen – Reuters

Democrats Punt on Carbon Caps as Republicans Claim Victory on Taxes – Connecticut Examiner

Wildfires Are Getting Worse, So Why Is the U.S. Still Building Homes With Wood? – Time

Google Street View data pinpoints Copenhagen’s traffic pollution hotspots – Cities Today

As electric vehicle sales surge, discussions are now turning to noise and safety – CNBC

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

End Of The Road? A highway expansion project in Houston is the site of a battle over environmental justice – The Architect’s Newspaper

NATURAL RESOURCES

Biden administration suspends oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge – Anchorage Daily News

Why we should look to nature for climate crisis solutions – Canada’s National Observer

Transportation crews to set Asian giant hornet traps – AP

Old farmland evolves into wetlands forest project near Frankford – Coastal Point

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Fort Worth bike rentals are booming, and electric ebikes are providing the jolt Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Hartford’s LINK Scooters top over 17,000 rides within first month since its introduction to the capital cityHartford Courant

Amazon’s Cost Saving Routing Algorithm Makes Drivers Walk Into TrafficVice

New trail segment will complete 5-mile pedestrian and bicycle loop in south FayettevilleFayetteville Flyer

E-Scooter Proposal Raises Liability Concerns in Iowa CityGovernment Technology

“Bicycles are making our cities better, but what about our suburbs?”Dezeen (Commentary)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Deploying Connected and Automated Infrastructure – TRB

Multiple Modes of Transportation, Shared Rides Are the Future of Mobility – Northwestern University (Video)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement, Port Authority Bus Terminal Replacement Project, City of New York, New York County, New York – FTA (Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement)

Notice of Intention To Reconsider and Revise the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification Rule – EPA (Notice of intent)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment)

Delegation of Authority to the Commonwealth of Virginia To Implement and Enforce Additional or Revised National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and New Source Performance Standards – EPA (Notice of delegation of authority)


Environmental News Highlights – June 2, 2021

FEDERAL ACTION

Center for Environmental Excellence Unveils New Website Packed with Resources – AASHTO News

Senate Democrats prepare to work on Biden infrastructure plan ‘with or without’ Republicans – CNBC

Senate Republicans Release $928 Billion Infrastructure Counteroffer – NPR

Climate resilience is the new sustainability – The Hill (Opinion)

COVID-19

Empty airports and full delivery trucks: Covid’s toll on infrastructure, by the numbers – Politico

NEPA

Environmental Justice Advocates Seek Changes to Permitting Law – Bloomberg Law

To Fight Climate Change, President Biden Needs to Retire NEPA – RealClear Energy (Opinion)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

What Jacksonville Can Learn From Nashville About Fighting Climate Change – WUSF

Infrastructure plan calls for fixing the nation’s existing roads. Some states are still focused on expansion – Washington Post

New Study Reveals Impact of Flooding on Maryland’s Transportation Infrastructure – Pew

Photovoltaic roof for highways – pv magazine

How to Fix America – CityLab

It’s time to get imaginative about Washington transportation – Chinook Observer (Editorial)

AIR QUALITY

Why Republicans won’t fund EVs – E&E News

Million-dollar battery could help charge Casco Bay hybrid ferry – Mass Transit

How the US Can Cut Carbon Emissions in Half by 2030, with or without Congress – Boston University

Albertsons marks milestone with 100% zero-emission truck delivery – Supermarket News

A Big Climate Problem With Few Easy Solutions: Planes – New York Times

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

The Inequality of American Parks – Bloomberg CityLab

NATURAL RESOURCES

Putting nature’s infrastructure to work for North Carolina – WRAL (Opinion)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

FDOT investigating erased veteran and Black cemeteries under I-175 ahead of possible project – WTSP-TV

TxDOT looks to Texas rapper Chamillionaire for inspiration on new highway sign – Laredo Morning Times

Goodbye to a Yankee Farmer, the Ghost of Exit 8 – New York Times

Biden Purges Trump Appointees from D.C. Design Commission – CityLab

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Creative methods making better Miami mobility possible – Miami Today

NOACA seeks public input on transportation connections for bikes, pedestrians, transit riders and drivers in downtown Cleveland – Plain Dealer

Elected officials weigh in on noise at Brightridge-linked Bitcoin ‘mine’ – WJHL-TV

Sidewalks, bike lanes and trails are essential transportation infrastructure – The Hill (Opinion)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

An Update on Public Transportation’s Impacts on Greenhouse Gas Emissions – TRB

Seeking Panel Members for FY 2022 Projects in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP): Nominations due June 30 – TRB

Seeking Panel Nominations for FY 2022 National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis Topics: Nominations due June 30 – TRB

FAA Seeks Applications for Grants to Reduce Airports’ Environmental Impacts – FAA

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices: Looking Back, Looking Forward with Jeff Lindley, PE, ITE Chief Technical Officer – ITE Talks Transportation (Podcast)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Air Plan Approval; Texas; Revisions to the Texas Diesel Emissions Reduction Incentive Program – EPA (Final rule)

Information Collection; Application for Permit for Use of Roads, Trails, or Areas Restricted by Regulation or OrderForest Service (Notice; request for comment)

Agency Information Collection Activities; National Digital Trails Project – Trails Data Portal – Geological Survey (Notice of information collection; request for comment)