Environmental News Highlights – November 18, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Transportation Policy Forum Maps out Post-Election Political Landscape – AASHTO Journal

USDOT Transition Team Unveiled by Incoming Biden-Harris Administration – AASHTO Journal

Infrastructure is key to Biden’s climate dreams – E&E News

Congressman Earl Blumenauer bullish on transportation under Biden – BikePortland

No One’s Riding Transit. So Why Did Voters Support It? – Wired (Commentary)

COVID-19

More Than Half of Americans Plan Thanksgiving Travel Despite Pandemic, TripAdvisor Says – WBTS-TV

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Regional initiative targets transportation, climate change in underserved rural communities – Daily Hampshire Gazette

Vermont groups urge state to join regional climate/transportation plan – Vermont Business

America’s Forgotten Marine Highway Network That Could Green Global Freight Transport – Forbes

The ‘order of planning’ determines transit priorities. What if we inverted it to prioritize people? – GreenBiz (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

Mapping air pollution at the neighborhood level – Axios

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Chicago’s Mayor Turns City’s Infrastructure Into Weapons Against Protesters – The Appeal (Commentary)

NATURAL RESOURCES

State shares framework for new surface water quality protections – Arizona Public Media

Toll-road plans fall short on wildlife protection, urban sprawl – Orlando Sentinel (Commentary)

Oil pipeline a step closer to approval in Minnesota – Courthouse News

Analysis: Mississippi pump proposal evokes strong reactions – Associated Press

CULTURAL RESOURCES

AASHTO Releases Historic Bridge Preservation Guide – AASHTO

Redesigning Slow Streets to reflect community & culture in East Oakland – Smart Growth America (Blog)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Transportation council considers signing on to national bicycle route – KWCC-TV

Cecil Township Taking Pa. Turnpike Commission, Construction Company To Court Over Noise Complaints – KDKA-TV

Can Times Square ever be completely car-free? – 6sqft

Escooter startup Voi uses AI to detect pedestrians and sidewalks – VentureBeat

Northern Kentucky foundation establishes $3M ‘active transportation’ fund – WCPO-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

State of the Industry Report on Air Quality Emissions from Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels – ACRP

2021 TRB Annual Meeting: Spotlight Sessions Include Coronavirus (COVID-19), Equity, and the Future of Transportation – TRB

Unfold Podcast, Episode 8: Transitioning to Low-Carbon TransportationUC Davis

[Webinar] The New NEPA Regulations: A Practical Guide to What You Need to KnowJD Supra

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for Modifications to Special Permit – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (List of applications for modification of special permits)

Hazardous Materials: Notice of Applications for New Special Permits – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice of actions on special permit applications)

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request; Survey of State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) EPA (Notice)

Forest Service Manual (FSM) 3800, Zero Code; State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Program – Forest Service (Notice of availability for public comment)

Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity Contracts for Federal-Aid Construction – FHWA (Interim Final Rule; request for comments)

Jurisdiction in Alaska – National Park Service (Final rule)

Hazardous Materials: Information Collection Activities – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice and request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – November 11, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Key House transportation figures win reelection – Trains

Biden to Move Fast to Strike Down Trump’s Environmental Agenda – Bloomberg Law

Public transit emerges a big winner in election – Marketplace

President Biden Promises To Boost Transit And Build For Bicyclists But Won’t Tackle Car DependencyForbes (Op-ed)

COVID-19

Supporting healthy urban transport and mobility in the context of COVID-19 – World Health Organization (Report)

Ontario allocates roughly $1 billion for COVID-19 resilience projects – REMI Network

NEPA

Video: How State DOTs Work to Ensure NEPA Compliance – AASHTO Journal

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast: Georgia DOT’s Innovative PEL Study – AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

USDOT loan to aid rural California infrastructure project – Transportation Today

Proposition B: Austin approves $460M in transportation infrastructure bonds – KVUE-TV

Unmanned Aerial Systems Support Flood Management Activities – Innovator (FHWA)

What we’re voting for: infrastructure – The Verge (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

Why IKEA is investing in sustainable mobility – GreenBiz

Port of L.A. seeks input on zero-emission technology from private companies – City News Service

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

How one San Diegan uses his bicycle obsession to make the sport more inclusive and accessible to others – San Diego Union-Tribune

Hurricane Relief Through Mutual Aid – Yes!

National E-Mobility Equity Virtual Conference – Forth Mobility Fund (Blog)

NATURAL RESOURCES

If Florida takes over permitting, its life-giving wetlands will be lost to development – Miami Herald (Opinion)

It’s not too late to protect Northern New Mexico – Santa Fe New Mexican (Op-ed)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Parks Canada to create expert panel to advise on a long-term framework for how visitors will get around the Bow Valley and experience Banff National Park in the future – Parks Canada (Press release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

State DOTs Issue Transportation Alternatives & Trail Grants – AASHTO Journal

The Capital of Sprawl Gets a Radically Car-Free Neighborhood – New York Times

Bike Shortages Will Likely Last Until Next Year, and Possibly into 2022 – Bicycling

Boulder talks transportation: Future of bike share, which wheels go where – Boulder Beat (Blog)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

(Date Correction) TRB Webinar: Planning an Effective Airport Deicing Runoff Management Program – TRB

Improving Mid-Term, Intermediate, and Long-Range Cost Forecasting for State Transportation Agencies – NCHRP

Improving Mid-Term, Intermediate, and Long-Range Cost Forecasting: Guidebook for State Transportation Agencies – NCHRP

TRB Webinar: Rail in the Time of Coronavirus – Planning, Operating, & Constructing Rail – TRB

TRB Webinar: Cross-Cutting Issues in Urban Congestion Pricing – TRB

Webinar – Protecting Traffic Infrastructure with Weigh In Motion (WIM) – CS2SMART (Link to registration)

2020 Moving Together Conference – UMass Transportation Center

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Deepwater Port License Application: Blue Marlin Offshore Port, LLC (BMOP) – Maritime Administration (Notice of intent; Notice of virtual public meeting; Request for comments)

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore; Snowmobiles – National Park Service (Proposed rule)

Environmental News Highlights – November 4, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

The gas tax was already broken. The pandemic could end it. – Smart Cities Dive

What a Senate flip means for transportation – Politico

One-on-one with U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao – WAOW-TV

Republicans ready to restart critical infrastructure initiative in 2021 – The Hill (Commentary)

Climate Policymaking in the Shadow of the Supreme Court – Resources Magazine

Lawmakers say infrastructure efforts are falling victim to deepening partisan divide – The Hill

COVID-19

COVID-19 Creating Winter Challenges for State DOTs – AASHTO Journal

Two Reports Offer COVID-19 Transit Recovery Advice – AASHTO Journal

How COVID is paving the way for participatory transit planning – Grist (Commentary)

Economic Consequences of Proposed Pandemic-Related Cutbacks in MTA Transportation Services and Capital Spending – NYU Rudin Center for Transportation

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

What has four years of President Donald Trump meant for Florida’s environment? – Tampa Bay Times

Former Walmart exec brings ride-share technology to fresh produce transport – Green Biz

Eyes Will Be on Biden to Act Fast on Resilience for NYC – City Limits

Amsterdam will use flowers to keep its bridges clear of locked bicycles – Lonely Planet

Virginia breaks ground on largest infrastructure project in state history – InsideNoVa

Will ‘game-changing’ new runway quiet O’Hare jet noise conundrum? – Daily Herald

AIR QUALITY

GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago – E&E News

Trump administration funds projects to more efficiently charge and deploy electric buses – Utility Dive

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

How infrastructure improvements can aid inclusive revival – CT Mirror

NATURAL RESOURCES

Clean Water Act rollbacks hurt rivers and drinking water – Baltimore Sun (Commentary)

Moose deaths don’t sway WYDOT on 390 speed – Jackson Hole News & Guide

City plans to reduce sewage discharges into region’s rivers. – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Oregon DOT begins cleanup from wildfires along state highways and private properties – KTVL-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

What’s behind Virginia’s increasing pedestrian death toll and how to reverse the trend – Virginia Mercury

More streets added to Montgomery County’s ‘Shared Street’ program for pedestrians – WDVM-TV

California Gets an A Grade in Surfrider’s Annual Beach Report – San Clemente Times

Can the Bike Boom Keep Going? – CityLab

Gov. Justice awards over $1.6 million in Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program grants benefitting Metro Valley region – WV Office of the Governor (Press release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Transportation Research Record (TRR) Special Issue on COVID-19: Deadline October 31 – TRB

TRB Webinar: Celebrating TRB’s Centennial by Exploring the Future of Transportation Research – TRB

TRB Webinar: Planning an Effective Airport Deicing Runoff Management Program – TRB

AASHTO to Examine Election Impact on Transportation at Annual Meeting – AASHTO Journal

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Information Collection: Interagency Generic Clearance for Federal Land Management Agencies Collaborative Visitor Feedback Surveys on Recreation and Transportation Related Programs and Systems – Forest Service (Notice; request for comment)

NPDES Electronic Reporting Rule— Phase 2 Extension – EPA (Final Rule)

National Wildlife Refuge System; Use of Electric Bicycles – Fish and Wildlife Service (Final rule)

Environmental News Highlights – October 28, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO to Examine Election Impact on Transportation at Annual Meeting – AASHTO Journal

Congressional Policymakers Propose Infrastructure Resilience Review Board – Transport Topics

Alan S. Boyd, Nation’s First Transportation Chief, Dies at 98 – New York Times

House Transportation leader in the race of his life – Politico

On Infrastructure, Trump Touts Regulatory Streamlining, Biden Eyes Clean Energy – Transport Topics

Biden says he would if elected mandate masks in interstate transportation – Reuters

COVID-19

Emissions Exposure May Increase COVID-19 Mortality – Stateline

The Pandemic Kick-Started an Urban Motorcycle Boom. Are Cities Ready? – CityLab

Interim Guidance: Wearing of face masks while on public conveyances and at stations, ports, and similar transportation hubs – Centers for Disease Control

NEPA

The Supreme Court’s Environmental Legacy Was Tarnished Even Before Barrett – Jewish Journal (Commentary)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

A Green Way Forward: Can we lead with nature in addressing NYC’s climate crisis? – Regional Plan Association (Webinar)

Interacting Infrastructure Disruptions Due to Environmental Events and Long‐Term Climate Change – Earth’s Focus

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signs $1.9 billion public works bill – Star Tribune

Virginia releases sweeping plan to prepare for sea level rise, increased flooding – Virginian-Pilot

Wildfire shuts down major US transportation corridor, signaling yet more climate disruption – PRI’s Living on Earth

AIR QUALITY

Prosecutions under the Clean Air and Water acts dropped in half after Trump took office – Popular Science

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Climate policy, environmental justice, and local air pollution – Brookings Institution

NATURAL RESOURCES

Caltrans Resumes Litter Cleanup on California Highways – Caltrans (Press release)

Iowa finds new tools to control stormwater erosion and sediment at construction sites – Iowa DOT (Blog)

HDOT Harbors Division Announces Award for Critical Improvements Project – Hawaii Department of Transportation (News release)

Georgia Department of Transportation Aims to Combat Litter Statewide with Launch of Keep It Clean Georgia – Georgia DOT (Press release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Process to regulate electric bikes, scooters underway in Colorado Springs – KRDO-TV

Tahoe transportation plan means more trails over 25 years – KCRA-TV

Research Report 669 Transport impacts on wellbeing and liveability – NZ Transport Agency

Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled, Encouraging Walk Trips, and Facilitating Efficient Trip Chains Through Polycentric Development – University of Utah (Registration required)

Fun, safe transportation: Artist creates active transportation toolkit for WCI – Fergus Falls Daily Journal

Expanded pedestrian area around Town Square to be removed – Jackson Hole News & Guide

CVAG approves nearly $53 million for CV Link construction – KESQ-TV (Coachella Valley)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Flight Plan to Recovery: Preparing Airports for the Return of the Traveling Public – TRB (Report)

TRB Offers a Running Start to Transportation’s Next Generation – TRB (Press release)

TRB Webinar: Keep on Truckin’- Using Simulators for CDL Testing During COVID-19 – TRB

Comparing the Promise and Reality of E-Scooters: A Critical Assessment of Equity Improvements and Mode-Shift – Portland State University

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Off-Road Vehicle Use – Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation (Final rule)

Anchorage Grounds; Atlantic Ocean, Jacksonville, FL – Coast Guard (Final rule)

Agency Information Collection Activities; The National Map Corps (TNMCorps)—Volunteered Geographic Information Project – Geological Survey (Notice of information collection; request for comment)

Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce; Notice of Opportunity To Apply for Training and Education Designation – Maritime Administration (Notice)

Vessel Incidental Discharge National Standards of Performance – EPA (Proposed rule)

Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees; Compliance Dates; Amendment – TSA (Final rule)

Environmental News Highlights – October 21, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Rep. Rodney Davis Introduces Highway Funding Measure – Transport Topics

A Regulatory Rush by Federal Agencies to Secure Trump’s Legacy – New York Times

Administration wants to exclude ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ from coronavirus safety grant – Washington Post

COVID-19

FTA COVID-19 Recovery Listening Sessions – FTA

Gov. Baker says public transit safe to ride amid pandemic: ‘People have done a lot of work to make it safe.’ – Boston Globe

Fear of Crowds May End Up Haunting U.S. Transit Agencies – CityLab

Defense Department study finds low risk of coronavirus infection through air on a packed airline flight – The Washington Post

Metro-North Railroad tests new air filtration to combat coronavirus – Stamford Advocate

NEPA

Graves’ bill delivers solutions to rural communities and the environment – Livingston Parish News (Opinion)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Mayor Baraka Launches Planning Process For Newark’s Port-Industrial District – City of Newark (Press release)

New solar parking canopy at EVV complete, will produce half of terminal’s power – Courier & Press

Geolocation Data Could Help Planners Design Communities that Require Less Driving – Route Fifty

Port of San Francisco study warns of $30 billion damage from earthquake & sea level rise – American Journal of Transportation

Minnesota Senate passes $1.9 billion infrastructure bill loaded with local projects – Pioneer Press

AIR QUALITY

Vermont leadership releases bold proposal to reduce carbon emissions from the largest source: transportation – Mountain Times

Funds to aid Kentucky transportation initiatives – Transportation Today

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

EPA awards $200,000 grant to DHEC for environmental justice in North Charleston – WCIV -TV

The Equity Case For Caltrain’s Measure RR – San Jose Inside (Op-ed)

Why highways were designed to run through Black communities. SC faces historic dilemma again. – Post and Courier

The road to transportation equity – Roads and Bridges (Commentary)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Report: Animal-Vehicle Crashes Jump in North Carolina – AASHTO Journal

Pitkin County’s highway pot signs serve cleaner purpose; sponsorship helps one of Colorado’s dirtiest sections of road – Aspen Times

Refining Right-of-Way Management with IVM – North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

Swatting litterbugs: North Carolina lets people report trash tossers caught in the act – Citizen-Times

Mn/DOT abruptly pulls no-spray signs – Winona Post

Boston seeks partners for $500,000 ‘urban forest’ plan – Cities Today

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

IIHS Report Focuses on E-Scooter Safety Issues – AASHTO Journal

Washington law allows bikes to use stop signs as yield signs – Associated Press

Caltrans Highlights Efforts to Reduce Pedestrian Injury and Death – Caltrans (Press release)

UDOT touts biking and walking to improve family well-being, relieve traffic congestion – KSL-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Protection Detection – Making Roads Safe for Drivers and Wildlife – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Release of Waybill Data – Surface Transportation Board (Notice)

EPA Guidance; Administrative Procedures for Issuance and Public Petitions – EPA (Final rule)

Environmental Protection Agency Acquisition Regulation (EPAAR); Scientific Integrity – EPA (Final rule)

Environmental News Highlights – October 14, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Elaine Chao: Long-Term Plan Needed for US Infrastructure – Transport Topics

White House Blocked C.D.C. From Requiring Masks on Public Transportation – New York Times

New York Transit Authority Taps Into Federal Reserve Borrowing Program – Pew

Where the 2020 Election Is a Referendum on Public Transit – CityLab

EPA Authority Over Power Sector’s Climate Impacts Heads to Court – Bloomberg Law

COVID-19

Mobility Analytics in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic – AASHTO Journal

Study: COVID-19 Changing Commuter Traffic Patterns – AASHTO Journal

Covid, science and urban legend – an interview with Greg Winfree – Traffic Technology International (Podcast)

Second phase of VDOT commuter survey open to help gauge coronavirus impact on travels – WAVY-TV

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Philadelphia’s traffic congestion was bad before the pandemic. It could get worse. – Philadelphia Inquirer

Washington DC airport operator unveils new sustainability plan – Airport World

Amazon to deploy 10K electric last-mile vans en route to net-zero carbon – Retail Dive

AIR QUALITY

Studies Examine Benefits, Hurdles of ‘Decarbonization’ Strategies – AASHTO Journal

San Diego Utility Company Launches Program to Build Charging Infrastructure – Transport Topics

Why Is the EPA Really Repealing Methane Emissions Regulations? – Sierra

Exxon’s Plan for Surging Carbon Emissions Revealed in Leaked Documents – Bloomberg Green

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

On equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in transportation – Roads & Bridges (Column)

For Some Near the Cross Bronx Expressway, COVID-19 is an Environmental Justice Issue, Too – The City

NJDEP Issues Environmental Justice Guidance for Entire New Jersey Executive Branch – Lexology

NATURAL RESOURCES

Cargill salt ponds subject to Clean Water Act protections, judge rules. – Climate Online

USDA Seeks New Partnerships to Safeguard, Restore Wetland Ecosystems – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

70th Annual Washington State Weed and Invasive Species Conference Going Virtual on November 3-6 – Big Country News

When it comes to our water quality ‘challenge the messenger’ – News-Press (Opinion)

Homes complicate Arizona wildfire response – Arizona Public Media

CULTURAL RESOURCES

After 25 years, Houston’s historic preservation law faces Supreme Court test Community Impact Newspaper

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

New TRECH Project Research Update on Health Benefits of TCI Policy Scenarios – Harvard University

Missoula planners consider road safety improvements for bicycles, pedestrians – NBC Montana

Women have been biking in record numbers during the pandemic. As traffic returns, will they keep riding? – New York Times

Lime adds Wheels shared e-bikes to its app as it seeks to become a one-stop shop for mobility – The Verge

Bicycles And Buses Will Be Future’s Dominant Modes Of Urban Mobility, Predict 346 Transport Experts – Forbes

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Transportation’s Roles in Equitable Vaccine Allocation – TRB

TRB Webinar: Make it Count–Estimating Market Values for Small Airports – TRB

TRB Webinar: Wetland Mitigation at Airports – TRB

TRB Webinar: Finding the Path–Messaging Before, During, and After Weather Events – TRB

TRB Webinar: Advancing Innovative Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility Research – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Competitive Funding Opportunity: Public Transportation COVID–19 Research Demonstration Grant Program – FTA (Notice of funding opportunity)

Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of New Jersey Including Offshore Approaches to the Delaware Bay, Delaware – Coast Guard

Request for Comment; Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Ocean Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone – NOAA (Notice of public comment)

Request for Information; Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone – NOAA (Notice of public comment)

Environmental News Highlights – October 7, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

CR Secures Federal Funding, Extends FAST Act for One Year – AASHTO Journal

FHWA Issuing $574M in Emergency Funds For a Variety of Disasters – AASHTO Journal

Water case offers a window into Barrett’s jurisprudence – E&E News

New Bill Aims to Make Communities and Infrastructure More Flood-Ready – Pew

DOT’s Transportation Self-Governance Program for Tribes Takes Effect – Transport Topics

Supreme Court to Hear Energy Companies’ Appeal in City Climate Change Lawsuit – Route Fifty

Infrastructure investment is the best idea that never happens: Could 2021 be different? – Roll Call (Opinion)

COVID-19

Study: No Direct Correlation Between COVID-19, Transit System Use – AASHTO Journal

Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program – FTA

Gas Tax Spikes in N.J. Because of Pandemic’s Impact – New York Times

How COVID-19 repurposed city streets – Marketplace

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

FAA funds to aid airport safety, infrastructure – Transportation Today

Indiana Seeking to ‘Future-Proof’ Infrastructure Investments – Inside INdiana Business

Public transit agencies can skip long environmental reviews under bill signed by Newsom – San Francisco Chronicle

Montana Selling Bonds As Part Of Infrastructure Funding Package – Montana Public Radio

Paradise Is Going Underwater. What Can We do? – Honolulu Civil Beat (Opinion)

Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities – Stateline

AIR QUALITY

Pennsylvania Joins 6 States in Commitment to Plan for CO2 Transport Infrastructure – Pennsylvania Governor’s Office (Press release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

How EPA rollbacks evade 1994 environmental justice order – E&E News

Dickinson College to host virtual panel on environmental justice in Pa. – Patriot-News

Yale Experts Explain Environmental Justice – Yale University

Why environmental justice needs to be on the docket in the presidential debates – Union of Concerned Scientists (Blog)

NATURAL RESOURCES

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality file a lawsuit against the City of Corpus Christi – KIII-TV

Butterflies are free: Illinois Monarch Action Plan takes flight – The Telegraph

Judge to Decide If San Francisco Bay Salt Ponds Are Protected US Waters – Courthouse News Service

Vermont seeks public input on clean water budget priorities by Oct 30 – Vermont Business Magazine

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Historic Preservation Is Great, Except When It Isn’t – Governing (Opinion)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Caltrans’ Director Talks Active TransportationAASHTO ETAP Podcast

The Murky Case for Mass Telecommuting – CityLab

Safer with sharrows? – World Highways

Imagine a statewide network of NC greenway trails. Officials want your ideas. – The News & Observer

Santa Maria releases plan for biking, pedestrian infrastructure, seeks public feedback – Santa Maria Times

U.S. Department of Transportation Designates October as National Pedestrian Safety Month NHTSA

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

AASHTO Virtual Annual Meeting Registration Now Open – AASHTO Journal

Airport Renewable Energy Projects Inventory and Case Examples – TRB/ACRP (Report)

Transportation Resilience 2019: 2nd International Conference on Resilience to Natural Hazards and Extreme Weather – TRB (Circular)

TR News: Integrating Stormwater Infrastructure into State Department of Transportation Processes – TRB

2020 Virtual Forum on Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (part 1) TRB

Good to Go? Assessing the Environmental Performance of New Mobility – International Transportation Forum (link to pdf)

Webinar: Telework During COVID and Beyond: Leveraging Behavioral Science to Improve Virtual Work and the Future of Commuting – Eno Center for Transportation

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Competitive Funding Opportunity: Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning – FTA (Notice of Funding Opportunity)

Deprecation of the United States Survey Foot – Department of Commerce (Notice; final determination)

Environmental News Highlights – September 30, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

House’s Continuing Resolution Would Extend FAST Act – AASHTO Journal

Ginsburg left a long environmental legacy – Politico

At a glance: enforcement of environmental law in USA – Lexology

COVID-19

Pandemic not leading to overflow of medical waste, says waste management company – KMOX

What We Actually Know About How Americans Are Moving During Covid – CityLab

NEPA

House Republicans Unveil NEPA Reform Bill – Transport Topics

Ugly founding of Shenandoah National Park helps explain NEPA’s importance – Daily Sentinel (Op-Ed)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Study: State DOTs Could Gain Revenue from Solar Arrays – AASHTO Journal

Chattanooga to trial energy-saving adaptive traffic control systems – CitiesToday


CU Denver Researcher Analyzes the Use of Solar Energy at U.S. Airports – University of Colorado Denver

Commentary: A strategy for tactics? – Freight Waves

Miami has resilience plans in place. Now it’s time to put them into action – Miami Herald (Op-Ed)

Electrifying California Cars Could Crush the Grid, or Save It – Bloomberg Green

AIR QUALITY

EPA to Defend Clean Air Rule as Compliant With Ozone Limits – Bloomberg Law

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles – AP

Walmart Aims to End Emissions From Global Operations by 2040 – Bloomberg Green

Energy Transitions, Carbon Reduction and Climate Change: Diesel Technology’s Role in the Future – Diesel Technology Forum (Press release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Transportation linked to push for equity in San Antonio – KSAT-TV

A sustainable new normal doesn’t have to cost the earth – Environment Journal

NATURAL RESOURCES

Social scientists study visitation patterns in Glacier National Park to mitigate environmental damage – KPAX-TV

A new decision support tool for collaborative adaptive vegetation management in northern Great Plains national parks – UC Berkeley

Trump Administration Releases Plan to Open Tongass Forest to Logging – New York Times

Clean Water Act rewrite may leave popular lakes vulnerable to pollution – Detroit News

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Discover America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2020 – National Trust for Historic Preservation

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Living Sustainably: Green commuting encourages healthier community – Holland Sentinel

State of Oregon to consider new carfree bridge near Willamette Falls in Oregon City – BikePortland

Fine for hitting cyclists while opening car door has quadrupled – Daily Hive Vancouver

Spin app goes live with bike and micromobility lane route optimization – Intelligent Transport

D.C. Council unanimously approves Vision Zero bill aimed at reducing traffic fatalities – Washington Post

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Critical Issues in Transportation 2019 – TRB (Report Announcement)

TRB Webinar: Balancing the Scales–Equity Analysis in Transportation Planning – TRB

TRB Webinar: Weathering the Storm – Climate Resilience at Airports – TRB

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $320.6 Million for Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements – USDOT (Press release)

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $460,000 for Emergency Repairs to Infrastructure Destroyed by Wildfires in Washington State – USDOT (Press release)

Federal Transit Administration Announces $6.2 Million for Transit Planning in Communities Nationwide – FTA (Press release)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Guidance Procedures – Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Final rule)

Environmental News Highlights – September 23, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Congressional Transportation Leaders Back One-Year Extension of FAST Act – Transport Topics

Groups to Congress: extend surface transportation funding, add emergency funds for states – Transportation Today

House Republicans issue post-election infrastructure plan – American Shipper

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces $1 Billion to Upgrade American Infrastructure – USDOT (Press release)

Space weather bill passed by US Congress to improve forecasting, mitigation – GPS World

Trump Administration’s New Natural Gas Transportation Rule Sparks Safety Concerns – NPR’s Morning Edition

COVID-19

Report: Full return to on-site work in DC area could be a year away – WTOP

Covid-19 could reverse much of the D.C.’s region’s progress on transportation funding, Bowser, Hogan and Northam warn – Washington Business Journal

NEPA

The New NEPA Regulations Were a “Political Act.” Is That Enough to Invalidate Them? – JD Supra (Opinion)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

ASCE: Civil Engineers give Wisconsin’s infrastructure a “C” – WisBusiness

Effects Of Climate Change On Transportation Are Not Always Obvious, Immediate – NPR

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.3 Million for Emergency Repairs to Infrastructure Destroyed by Wildfires in Lassen National Forest – FHWA (Press release)

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $5 Million in Emergency Relief for Roads and Bridges Damaged by Wildfires in Oregon – FHWA (Press release)

Central Florida Leaders Say Transportation Was Hard Hit By Coronavirus, But Expansion Still Possible By 2030 – WMFE

AIR QUALITY

Metrolink Tier 4 locomotive project receives environmental certification – MetroLink (Press release)

New York State Agencies and Authorities Launch “Car Free for Climate” Campaign – New York State

US reaches $1.5B settlement with Daimler AG over emissions cheating in Mercedes-Benz diesels; civil penalty of $875M – Green Car Congress

Environmental Groups Sue Los Angeles Over Rollback of Port Pollution Rules – Courthouse News Service

Clean truck partnership targets last-mile transportation – DC Velocity

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

EPA postpones environmental justice training after White House memo – The Hill

California water company withdraws desalination proposal as battle over environmental justice heats up – Los Angeles Times

N.J. Gov. Murphy signs environmental justice law designed to protect minority communities – Philadelphia Inquirer

A Just Transition: Energy Equity – Regional Plan Association (Webinar announcement)

NATURAL RESOURCES

EPA proposes 2020 Financial Capability Assessment for the Clean Water Act – WaterWorld

Can a floating island in the Charles River rescue its water quality? – WFXT-TV

The world is burning and drowning. We have to vote for the planet’s future. – The Washington Post (Editorial)

Fish Exposed to Noise Pollution Likely to Die Early: Study – Courthouse News Service

CULTURAL RESOURCES

How Cities Can Reclaim Their Streets From SUVs – CityLab

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Maryland gears up for first-ever ‘Walktober’ – NottinghamMD.com

Why San Francisco International Airport is turning off the loudspeaker – CNN

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Modeling Long-Distance Intercity Travel for Sustainable Global Travel – TRB

18th Biennial National Harbor Safety Committee Conference – TRB

Attitudes and behaviors related to cycling – Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University

What are the barriers to and motivators for walking? – New Zealand Transport Agency

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Reconsideration – EPA (Final rule)

Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program; Utah Department of Transportation Audit Report – FHWA (Notice; Request for comment)

Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Link Union Station Project, Los Angeles, CA – FRA (Notice)

Florida’s Request To Assume Administration of a Clean Water Act Section 404 Program – EPA (Notice and request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – September 16, 2020

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Letter Calls on Congress to Make ‘Turn-Key’ Transportation Deal – AASHTO Journal

Congress Returns for Fall Legislative Sprint – CitiesSpeak

Maryland, Chesapeake Bay Foundation sue EPA, claiming failure to enforce cleanup plan – Baltimore Sun

Highlights Of Joe Biden’s Energy Plan – Forbes

House Lawmakers to Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Advance Agencies’ Use of Electric Vehicles – Route Fifty

House Transportation Leaders Call for Investigation Into EPA – Transport Topics

EPA’s birthday gift to America: More pollution – The Hill (Opinion)

COVID-19

COVID-19 Could Slow City’s Efforts to Curb Water Pollution – City Limits

COVID-19 disrupts local-level efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay – Bay Journal

Hazardous Air Pollutant Exposure Linked as Contributing Factor to COVID-19 Mortality in the United States – SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

NEPA

White House Environmental Review Rule Survives Legal Test – Bloomberg Law

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

FHWA Issues Emergency Funds to Louisiana for Storm Recovery – AASHTO Journal

Uber Pledges to Go All-Electric, but It Doesn’t Own the Cars – Wired

How states can finance coastal resilience before the next disaster – Environmental Defense Fund (Blog)

Leading political environmental organization opposes NJ Transit “Transitgrid” microgrid project – Insider NJ (Press release)

AIR QUALITY

How to read and understand air quality numbers and maps – Los Angeles Times

A misguided strategy – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Editorial)

The Struggle to Crack Down on a Cottage Industry Sabotaging Vehicle Pollution Controls – FairWarning

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

WITF’s ‘Toward Racial Justice’ panel links environmental justice with health, human rights and self-determination – StateImpact Pennsylvania

How NC can tackle the climate crisis and address environmental justice – NC Policy Watch

NATURAL RESOURCES

EPA funding impacting Twin Ports research projects – KBJR-TV

Why We Still Can’t Stop Oil Spills From Damaging the Environment – Bloomberg Green

New Mexico Environment Department Works To Combat Wetland Loss – KRWG

Why some in Nevada see Utah pipeline plan as ‘first salvo in coming water wars’ – Las Vegas Sun

Kentucky Officials Award Funds to Freight-Moving River Ports – Transport Topics

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

How micromobility has transformed the transportation industry – Governors’ Highway Safety Association

Revel Moped Representatives To Meet With NYC DOT Over Safety Concerns – WCBS-TV

San Jose revised bike plan aims to tackle city’s traffic-related accidents, make roads safer – KRON-TV

Appeals Filed Against SFMTA and SF Planning Department Put Roadblocks in Front of City’s Slow Streets Program – SFist

From free electric bikes to new infrastructure, the fabric of our cities is changing – CNBC

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

AASHTO re:source Launches Podcast – AASHTO Journal

National Competition Will Select America’s Two Best Transportation Projects – AASHTO Journal

TRB Webinar: A Resilient Path Forward for the Marine Transportation System – TRB

TRB Webinar: Advancing Transportation Equity – TRB

TRB Webinar: Determining Social and Economic Qualifications in the DBE Program – TRB

Cost, Congestion, and Emissions Benefits of Centralized Freight Routing and Efficiencies in Alternative Fuel Freight Modes – National Center for Sustainable Transportation

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources Review – EPA (Final rule)

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notice of Charter Renewal – EPA (Notice of charter renewal)