Environmental News Highlights – May 25, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION
Bipartisan group pushes Senate to confirm environmental prosecutor to key EPA post – NPR

The Department of Justice’s strategy to advance environmental justice – The Hill (Opinion)

An Effective Climate and Energy Security “Grand Bargain” Is Within Reach – U.S. Chamber of Commerce (Commentary)

White House Releases Technical Assistance Guide to Help Communities Unlock Resources From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – White House (Media Release)
COVID-19

A Fixed Route, Not Fixed Approach: Adapting Fixed-Route Transit for Optimal Accessibility & Equity in a Pandemic – Mineta Transportation Institute

MTA commuter railroads set pandemic-era ridership records Mass Transit

L.A. County extends mask mandate for public transit – KTLA-TV

NEPA

Four Orgs Sue FAA Over Rocket Launch Site Near National Seashore – Law Street

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Oregon DOT asks public where to put new electric vehicle chargers – Oregon Capital Chronicle

Urge Adoption of Coastal Resiliency Plan – East Hampton Star

The Unlikely Ascent of New York’s Compost Champion – New York Times

From alternative fuels to rationing trips: A guide to more sustainable flying – CNN

How to Make a City Safer for E-Bikes? Think Infrastructure – CityLab

Washington State Agencies Relate Successes, Challenges to VMT Reduction – Municipal Research and Services Center (Blog)

AIR QUALITY

Hydrogen and electric vehicles are future of transportation: expert – Rocky Mountain Outlook

Hawaii lawmakers pass bill to create zero-emission future for transportationKITV-TV

Local residents measure air quality for Monterey Bay Air District’s wildfire monitoring network – Mercury News

Port of Seattle wants world’s first cruise-led green corridor – The Center Square

Smart traffic management offers greater emissions control – Computer Weekly

Emissions admissions, train troubles and a surveillance network – More details emerge about Utah’s inland port – Salt Lake Tribune

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Push for environmental justice in underserved communities gains traction in Arizona – Arizona Republic

Wisconsin Makes New Commitment to Environmental Justice and Disaster Preparedness – Pew

NATURAL RESOURCES

How the National Park plans to improve traffic, safety on the Gatlinburg Spur while protecting wildlife – WATE-TV

EPA rejects Montana’s new water quality standards – Bitterroot Star

ExxonMobil sues Santa Barbara County over oil transportation denial – Cal Coast News

Careful landscape and lawn practices protect water quality – Holland Sentinel (Commentary)

High time for SCOTUS to clarify what constitutes ‘waters of the United States’ – Orange County Register (Opinion)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

State DOTs Supporting National Bike Month – AASHTO Journal

Maine group looking to convert old railroad tracks into trail – WCSH-TV

Texas tornado survivor joins TXDOT seatbelt campaign – KTAL-TV

E-bike injury rate increasing in some locations with scooter trauma expected to spike again this summer – San Diego Union-Tribune

Continuous hiking trail to stretch across major ridges in Washington’s Tri-Cities – KEPR-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Enhancing Public Health Equity through Transportation – TRB (Webinar)

Using E-Bike Purchase Incentive Programs to Expand the Market – Transportation Research and Education Center, Portland State University (Whitepaper)

Wildland Fires: Toward Improved Understanding and Forecasting of Air Quality Impacts – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Workshop proceedings)

NMDOT To Host Public Meeting Webinars On Building Out Electric Vehicle Charging InfrastructureNew Mexico DOT (Media release)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Proposed Revisions to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation ServiceNatural Resources Conservation Service (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Air Plan Approval; Missouri; St. Louis Area Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program – EPA (Proposed rule)

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

Notice of Meeting of the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group – FAA (Notice)

National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee; June 2022 Meetings – U.S. Coast Guard (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – May 18, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

State DOTs Say Local Partners Help Achieve Goals – AASHTO Journal

Seventeen states sue EPA for letting California set vehicle standards – The Hill

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects – States Newsroom

EPA blocks bid to review basis for climate regs – E&E News

MARAD Adds $234.3 Million to Bolster America’s Port Infrastructure – MARAD (Media release)

COVID-19

Airlines press U.S. to lift pre-departure testing requirements – Reuters

DC Metro exploring possibility of mask-only cars – WTOP Radio

NEPA

Panel moves bill to scrap NEPA study of Postal Service fleet – E&E News

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

NCDOT seeks grant to study moving Ocracoke ferry terminal – Coastal Review

Indiana Officials Ask Public to Weigh in on Electric-Vehicle Infrastructure – Public News Service

Watertown officials discuss report on hydroelectric plant – Watertown Daily Times

EV Infrastructure Vulnerabilities Put Cars, the Grid at Risk – Route Fifty

FAA tests airfield lighting with solar energy – Aviacionline

Delaware Extends Electric Vehicle Rebate Program – Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (Media Release)

AIR QUALITY

Colorado Moving Forward with Clean Truck Strategy – AASHTO’s Center for Environmental Excellence

Reducing harmful air pollution has led to a surprising effect – more hurricanes in the North Atlantic – CNN

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

EV Charging Station Map Highlights Infrastructure Disparities – Route Fifty

Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg Outlines Where Opportunities Meet For The Black Community And Biden’s $1.2 Trillion Infrastructure Law – BET

NATURAL RESOURCES

EPA, Corps Moving Forward on WOTUS Rules Update – ENR

Smart buoys return to Lake Erie to help monitor water quality and conditions – Cleveland.com

CULTURAL RESOURCES

NMDOT struggles to keep pace with illegal encampmentsAlbuquerque Journal

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

The Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America – Current Affairs

National Bike Month ride will bring Utahns from Ogden to Provo together in active transit -Standard-Examiner

Cincinnati officials are considering a ‘total ban’ on e-scooters, records show – WVXU Radio

City of Aspen moving toward mandatory e-bike education – Aspen Times

IndyGo Announces Wellness in Transit Pilot, Offering Free HealthcareIndianapolis Public Transportation Corp. (Media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Understanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Impaired Driving – TRB (Webinar)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice To Establish the Advisory Committee on Transportation EquityUSDOT, Office of the Secretary (Notice)

Solicitation of Nominations for Membership to the Advisory Committee on Transportation EquityUSDOT, Office of the Secretary (Notice)

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

Establishment of the Corridor Identification and Development Program – FRA (Notice of establishment; request for expressions of interest)

Early Scoping Notice for the Kitsap County Public Transportation Benefit Area Authority Proposed Seattle Fast Ferry Terminal Facility ProjectFTA (Early scoping notice)

Determination To Defer Sanctions; California; San Diego County Air Pollution Control District – EPA (Interim final determination)

Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: California; San Diego County Air Pollution Control District; Permits – EPA (Proposed rule)

Subsistence Management Regulations for Public Lands in Alaska – Applicability and Scope; Tongass National Forest Submerged Lands – Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service (Proposed rule)

Call for Nominations for the California Desert District Advisory Council and the Northern California District and Central California Resource Advisory Councils – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – May 11, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

Former USDOT Secretary Norm Mineta Dies – AASHTO Journal

DOJ and EPA Announce New Enforcement Strategy to Advance Environmental Justice – National Law Review

White House Wants to Ensure Good Stewardship of Infrastructure Funds – Government Executive

Senate committee advances package to fund recreation infrastructure, public lands access – Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Biden’s new environmental justice chief faces a tough task – Washington Post

COVID-19

CDC Reissues Mask Recommendation On Planes And Public Transportation Across America As Much Of The Northeast Moves Into “High Transmission” Category – Deadline

TSA Reports 50% Rise in COVID-19 Amongst Staffers in the Two Weeks Since the Mask Mandate Was Lifted – Your Own Kanoo

Unruly air passenger rates declined in the U.S. after mask mandates were suspended. – New York Times

NEPA

What is NEPA? – Utah Public Radio

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

White House to Help States Plan for National EV Charging Network – Transport Topics

Illinois to put remaining VW settlement money toward EV infrastructure – Mass Transit

Smart Pavement Powering EV Charging, In-road Traffic Sensors – Route Fifty

When it’s impossible to fight rising sea levels, should we move somewhere else? – San Francisco Examiner

How Houston Is Growing its Bike Infrastructure – Planetizen

AIR QUALITY

Alaska DOT&PF Part of Low Emission Ferry Project – AASHTO Journal

WYDOT Will Request Exemptions to Federal Electric Vehicle Charging Program – Cowboy State Daily

How Does Transit Help the Climate?The Equation (Blog)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Equity in Electric Vehicle Charging – AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

San Francisco to keep cars off popular Golden Gate Park road – AP

NATURAL RESOURCES

UAS Improve Environmental Data Collection – FHWA Innovator

ADOT relies upon groups for trash clean up – Wickenburg Sun

Nonprofit report points to outdated Clean Water Act for the miles of polluted rivers across the U.S. – Great Lakes Now

The Fight Over Managed Retreat – Malibu Magazine

SpaceX Starbase expansion plans will harm endangered species, according to Fish and Wildlife Service – CNBC

Caltrans Spotlights Top Six Pollutants Degrading California’s Water Quality – Caltrans (Media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

What Historic Preservation Is Doing to American Cities – The Atlantic

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Report: Switch to EVs Could Deliver $1.2T in Health Benefits – AASHTO Journal

Colorado safety stop legislation expects to create ‘bicycle-friendly’ communities – Greeley Tribune

New Rules Could Drastically Impact Use of Motorized Scooters in San Diego – KNSD -TV

The E-Bike Effect Is Transforming New York City – CityLab

California Targets Loud Exhaust with Sound-Activated Camera Enforcement – Autoweek


Experts Point to Safe Spaces Away From Busy Streets, Like Trails, As Essential to Inspiring People to Be Active – Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Media Release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sustainability and Emerging Transportation Technology (SETT) Conference – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Bridge Inspection Standards – FHWA (Final rule)

Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles: Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards; Extension of Comment PeriodEPA (Notice; extension of public comment period)

Noise Exposure Maps Notice for Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, North Carolina – FAA (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights- May 4th, 2022

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION
State DOTs Participate in Earth Day Cleanup Efforts – AASHTO Journal


2022 Environmental Excellence Awards – EPA


US Senate Transportation Leader Touts Biden Emissions Program – Transport Topics|


Will the $6 billion pledge to make transportation more sustainable be enough? Experts weigh in. – ABC News

A top energy regulator is in turmoil over climate rules – Washington Post


GSA outlines vision for sustainable federal building portfolio – Federal News Network
COVID-19
Why Public Transit’s Pandemic Recovery Is ComplicatedNew York Times


D.C. region’s disability community pushes to keep masks aboard transit – Washington Post
NEPA
In fight against Biden’s conservation plan, opponents bet on NEPA – E&E News
INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY
Report Offers Location Planning for EV Chargers – AASHTO Journal


Environmentalists, 16 states sue USPS over delivery-vehicle plans – Reuters


Experts discuss possible environmental challenges, concerns with tunnels planned for Central Texas – KVUE-TV


Sea Change hydrogen ferry to launch in San Francisco Bay next month – Hydrogen Fuel News


North Dakota utilizes UAS network to assist storm recovery efforts with drones – North Dakota Governor’s Office (Media release)
AIR QUALITY
FAA, FRA Launch “Net-Zero Emission” Efforts – AASHTO Journal


Preventing pollution or creating more greenhouse gases? Missouri debates ‘advanced recycling’ – Missouri Independent


Nearly 9 Million More Americans Impacted by Deadly Particle Pollution – American Lung Association (Media release)
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Understanding The Link Between Racial Justice And The Fight Against Climate Change – NPR
NATURAL RESOURCES
New Jersey could be opening new front in war for clean water – Grist


How Cities Became Accidental Wildlife Havens – Bloomberg


Floating Wetlands Show Possibility of Inner Harbor Restoration – Baltimore Magazine


Port of Seattle and Seattle Aquarium Collaborate to Restore Kelp Forests in Elliott Bay – Port of Seattle
CULTURAL RESOURCES
The ridiculously simple way to make streets safer for pedestrians – Fast Company
HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION
Forest Service takes the lead in e-bike access – E&E News


Scientists sound alarm bells on noise pollution – Deutsche Welle


Lilly Endowment awards $25M for pedestrian, bicycle trails in Indiana – WISH-TV


New Sedona Shuttle service sees thousands of riders after just 2 weeks – KNAU Radio


City of San Diego apologizes to Rancho Penasquitos residents over controversial bike lanes – KFMB-TV


New I-74 bridge bike/pedestrian path now open KWQC-TV


Active Transportation Summit panel ponders ways to make micromobility more accessible – Bike Portland
TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS
TRB Webinar: Collaborating to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – TRB


Frameworks for Protecting Workers and the Public from Inhalation Hazards – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine


Beyond Skin Deep: The humble roadway is about more than asphalt and concrete. – Thinking Transportation (Podcast)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES
Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2024–2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks – NHTSA (Final rule)


Notice of Funding Opportunity for America’s Marine Highway Projects Maritime Administration (Notice)


Draft General Conformity Determination for the California High-Speed Rail System San Francisco to San Jose – FRA (Notice; request for comment)

Environmental Highlights- April 27th, 2022

A roundup of headlines curated for state transportation environmental professionals

FEDERAL ACTION

Federal Agencies, Including USDOT, Issue Equity Plans – AASHTO Journal

New battery technology key to US electric vehicle push, experts say – The Hill

‘Tangled Web’ of Laws, Regulations Stifles Carbon Capture Push – Bloomberg Law

COVID-19

Letter Renews Call for COVID Funding Flexibility – AASHTO Journal

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

How To Equitably Distribute Green Infrastructure – Planetizen

Federal maritime agency OK’s major Port of Long Beach rail facility – Los Angeles Daily News

Why The Future Of Corporate Sustainability Starts With Transportation – Forbes (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

Can Portland Be a Climate Leader Without Reducing Driving? – New York Times

Texas A&M University develops mobile testing unit to detect air quality after disasters – KBTX-TV

Best Practices: Zero-emissions bus planning – how do we get it right? – Mass Transit

There Aren’t Enough Batteries in the World to Power Our Huge Cars – Vice

Free Public Transit Is Not a Climate Policy – CityLab (Opinion)

FTA Recognizes 10 Transit Agencies for Reducing their Environmental Footprint, Tackling Climate Change – FTA (Media Release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Evers creates new office of environmental justice – WEAU-TV

NATURAL RESOURCES

Wisconsin Study Supports Use of Liquid Brine – AASHTO Journal

New Mexico DOT begins roadside beautification program – KRQE-TV

DNR reinforces shoreline to improve Wisconsin River Watershed water quality – Wisconsin Rapids City Times

Denver has a new plan to catch up with the rest of the country on recycling and composting – Denverite

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Michigan DOT Plays Key Role in Park Mobility MOU – AASHTO Journal

To Preserve America’s Past, National Park Service Turns to Innovation – Pew

Saskatchewan offers look at design of Treaty boundary signs – CKOM Radio

FEMA Focuses on Environmental Preservation to Fight Climate Change – FEMA (Media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Seaside Heights, NJ Introduces Ban of Powered Bikes, Scooters on Boardwalk – Lavallette-Seaside Shorebeat

On-demand transit expands across Georgia, putting pitches and criticisms to the test – Saporta Report

Denver will issue residents rebates for e-bike purchases beginning Friday – Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

NPS wants input on plans to make bike, pedestrian lanes on Ohio Drive SW near Hains Point in DC – WJLA-TV

New state in the top spot of our Bicycle Friendly States rankings – League of American Bicyclists (Media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Understanding the Effects of COVID-19 on Impaired Driving – TRB (Webinar)

Upcoming Clean Water Lectures 2022 – Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Environmental Policy Act Implementing Regulations Revisions – Council on Environmental Quality (Final rule)

Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool Beta Version – Council on Environmental Quality (Notice of extension for request for information)

Renewal Package From the State of Utah to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State – FHWA (Notice of proposed MOU and request for comments.

Renewal Package From the State of Florida to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State – FHWA ( Notice of proposed MOU and request for comments)

Renewal Package From the State of California to the Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program and Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Environmental Responsibilities to the State – FHWA (Notice of proposed MOU and request for comments)

Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New Jersey; Removal of Excess Emissions Provision – EPA (Proposed rule)

Noise Exposure Map Notice; Tampa International Airport (TPA), Tampa, Florida – FAA (Notice)

Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting – Pipeline and Hazardous
Materials Safety Administration (Notice of public meeting)

Environmental News Highlights – April 20, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

White House, USDOT Tout Rural Infrastructure Funding – AASHTO Journal

Federal EV charging networks: $5B over 5 years, now states have to submit plans – Green Car Reports

The pandemic drove a sharp dip in greenhouse gas emissions, EPA says – The Hill

Biden waiving ethanol rule in bid to lower gasoline prices – AP

Why Recent Announcements By The White House Around Indoor Air Quality Matter – Forbes

COVID-19

When mask mandates end, advocate asks NJ Transit to have a face covering only car – NJ.com

How Did Public Transportation Affect COVID’s Spread? – Futurity

A very American road rage shooting crisis – NBC News THINK

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Louisiana DOTD Hosts Outdoor Electric Vehicle Expo – AASHTO Journal

‘Investment in the future:’ NC Looks to electric transportation – WNCN-TV

Indiana to spend $100 million on electric vehicle charging stations – The Center Square

Maine DOT gets citizen help planning wind power port – WCSH-TV

Planning and the Complicated Causes and Effects of Congestion – Planetizen

AIR QUALITY

Port of San Diego Welcomes Electric Freight Trucks as it Works Towards Zero-Emission Technology – KNSD-TV

Green infrastructure helps cities with climate change. So why isn’t there more of it? – NPR

With new funding, Washington State Ferries ramps up electric ferry plans – KING-TV

California Proposes 68 Percent Zero-Emission Vehicle Sales By 2030 – Motor1.com

Metrolink becomes first U.S. passenger-rail agency to run on renewable fuel – Progressive Railroading

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Transportation Vote in Georgia Focuses on Neighborhoods, Equity – Flagpole

NATURAL RESOURCES

A Lake in Florida Suing to Protect Itself – The New Yorker

Herbicide spraying to begin along roadsides – Watertown Daily Times

EPA Announces Plan to Protect Endangered Species and Support Sustainable Agriculture EPA (Media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

How a Forgotten Bit of Infrastructure Became a Symbol of Civic Pride – The New Yorker

Why American License Plates Are Such A Mess – Cheddar (Video)

Saving the Legacy of Pittsburgh’s City Steps – Governing

Improvements coming to Jackson’s MLK Equality Trail – WSYM-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Bird pilot aims to give NYC wheelchair users reliable and fast transport options – Smart Cities Dive

Albany, Georgia commissioners to apply for federal grant for Rails to Trails – WALB -TV

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Standards Development for Bus Exportable Power Systems (BEPS)FTA (Notice of funding opportunity)

White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Virtual Public Meeting – EPA (Notification for a public meeting)

Charter Renewal of the Regional Resource Stewardship CouncilTennessee Valley Authority (Notice)

Public Meeting of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work GroupBureau of Reclamation (Notice of public meeting)

Noise Exposure Map Notice: Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for ReviewFAA (Notice)

Permanent Closure of the Public-Use of East Hampton Airport – FAA (Notice)

Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to BNSF Railway Bridge Heavy Maintenance Project in King County, Washington – NOAA (Notice; issuance of two incidental harassment authorization)

Environmental News Highlights – April 13, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

Biden administration holds EV industry meeting with Musk, Barra – CNBC

Supreme Court Revives Trump-Era Environmental Regulation – New York Times

Building a Better America Fact Sheet for Rural Communities – USDOT (Media release)

COVID-19

21 States Sue To Stop Covid-19 Face Mask Mandates On Airplanes, Public Transit – Forbes

Airlines that dropped mask requirements are now suffering staff shortages due to COVID-19 – CBS News

Ten thousand COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at TTC Clinics – Mass Transit

Washington ferries’ slow return to pre-pandemic service continues – KIRO Radio

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Interview with Joint Office of Energy and Transportation – AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

Tampa Bay mayors say transportation key to climate change plans – Tampa Bay Times

Flood sensor project will offer city real-time data as storms intensify – Spectrum News NY1

Three months after January snowstorm, VDOT still cleaning up ‘unprecedented amount of debris’ – WAVY-TV

Study: How California can Shift Away from Car-Oriented Development – Planetizen

Experts: Charging Options Key to Electric Vehicle Adoption – Government Technology

AIR QUALITY

New highways headed to Seattle area despite drive to fight climate change – KUOW Radio

Connecticut Truckers Face Bill to Lower Emissions – Transport Topics

New bill restricts PA’s entry into Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative – KTBS-TV

Free Fare February data shows UTA program’s success – Standard-Examiner

Louisiana Governor, DOTD Discuss Electric Vehicle InfrastructureLouisiana Governor’s Office (Media release)

100 Groups Demand EPA Set Protective Airplane-Pollution Limits – Center for Biological Diversity (Media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Navajo Nation Leader Meets With Federal Administration On Inter-Agency Agreement To Improve Roads – Navajo-Hopi Observer

Michigan wants your suggestions to improve a new online environmental justice mapping tool – Michigan Public Radio

Florida DOT Plans for ‘Transportation Equity’ – Tallahassee Reports

The little-known open-source community behind the government’s new environmental justice tool – Grist

NATURAL RESOURCES

MoDOT encouraging drivers to help clean up litter along roadways – KCTV-TV

Aquatic drone measures water quality throughout river networks with precision and speed – Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“Managed Retreat” Is a Terrible Way to Talk About Responding to Climate Change – Slate

Crews to begin spraying invasive plants – WiscNews

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Researchers Analyze The Usage Patterns Of Bicycles In Four Large Cities In USA To Make Bicycle Sharing Systems More Efficient – Verve Times

Topeka City Council considering restricting bicycles, skateboards and scooters from NOTO area – KSNT-TV

Newark, DE considering ‘noise cameras’ to crack down on vehicles with loud exhaust systems – Newark Post

Reddy Bikeshare kicks off seventh season with upgraded technology – WKBW-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pedestrian Resources to Help Talk the Walk – NCHRP

TRB Webinar – Advancing Subnational Energy Transitions – TRB

Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Strategies for Future Success – NCHRP

A Full Assessment of the Effectiveness of Gulf Restoration Efforts Will Require Improved Analysis and Coordination, New Report Says – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (Media release)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Meeting of the Local Government Advisory Committee’s Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee – EPA (Notification of public meeting)

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

Notice of Competitive Offer and Notice of Segregation for Solar Energy Development on Public Land, Clark County, NevadaBureau of Land Management (Notice)

Next Era Energy Resources, LLC, Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement – Rural Utilities Service (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – April 6, 2022

 

FEDERAL ACTION

New vehicles must average 40 mpg by 2026, up from 28 mpg – AP

EPA resurrects plan to drop air pollution liability shield – E&E News

The infrastructure law’s untapped potential for promoting community safety – Brookings

Infrastructure funding is a chance to think beyond cars – The Hill (Opinion)

Fact Sheet: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Additional Infrastructure Funding for Ports and Waterways – The White House (Media release)

COVID-19

Letter Reinforces Need for COVID Funding Flexibility – AASHTO Journal

U.S. CDC scraps COVID warning for cruise travel after 2 years – Reuters

White House turns to air quality in latest effort to thwart coronavirus – Washington Post

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Solutionaries: EVs and Public transportation have never looked more attractive – KPRC-TV

Vermont House passes $870 million transportation package, investing heavily in electric vehicles – VTDigger

San Diego mayor’s office releases study on climate policy, job impact – KGTV-TV

Alaskans’ Input Sought on Transportation Needs – Transport Topics

Grand Rapids neighborhood pushes for less pollution, truck traffic from US-131 – MiBiz

AIR QUALITY

New Mexico needs electric vehicles to clean up air pollution, prevent deaths study says – Carlsbad Current-Argus

In the race for electric cars, biofuels hold Iowans back – KDSM-TV

Colorado’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule for Surface Transportation Offers a Model for Other States and the Nation – Center for American Progress (Commentary)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Feds Seek To Improve Airline Accessibility – Disability Scoop

George Mitchell Center hosts ‘Equity and Environmental Justice’ – Maine Campus

MTI Research Explores The Misuse of the ‘Equity’ Label – Metro

NATURAL RESOURCES

Bureau County farmer provides an example of what smart wetlands can offer water conservation efforts – Shaw Local News Network

Fickle Mississippi River Directs New Orleans Ferry Terminal Project – Engineering News-Record

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Should NH crack down on roadside memorials? Citizens Count

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

I-74 Bridge Path Will Soon Be Ready for Pedestrians & Bicyclists – WVIK Radio

12 miles of new trails coming to Salt Lake County, Utah – KTVX-TV

Pittsburgh is the latest city to gain a freeway capping park – The Architect’s Newspaper

How switching to EVs would improve health in the US – The Verge

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board Announces Retirement – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

TRB Webinar: Implementing and Evaluating Wildlife Crossings – TRB

Agricultural Operations on Airport Grounds – ACRP

Coordination of Public Transit Services and Investments with Affordable Housing Policies – TCRB

New Research Examines Infrastructure Needs of AVs – AASHTO Journal

Investing in Infrastructure for Healthy Communities – Regional Plan Association

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council – EPA (Notice of a public meeting)

Proposed Deletion From the National Priorities List – EPA (Proposed rule and withdrawal of proposed rule

COVID-19 Related Relief Concerning Operations at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport, New York LaGuardia Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National, and San Francisco International Airport for the Summer 2022 Scheduling SeasonFAA (Extension of limited, conditional waiver of the minimum slot usage requirement for international operations only)

Notice of Public Meetings for the Western Oregon Resource Advisory Council – Bureau of Land Management (Notice of public meetings)

Notice of Final Agency Actions on Proposed Railroad Project in California on Behalf of the California High Speed Rail Authority – FRA (Notice)

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

Environmental News Highlights – March 30, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

Obituary: Alaska Rep. Don Young, 88, Was Long-Time Infrastructure Leader – ENR

Biden wants to spend infrastructure billions on climate and equity initiatives. But it’s not his call. – Politico

Funding America’s Inland Waterway System During the Green Transition – Maritime Executive

US Deputy Secretary of Transportation Polly Trottenberg – National Roadway Safety Strategy, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, and More – ITE Talks Transportation (Podcast)

COVID-19

COVID-19 Recovery: Riders are Coming Back but Where are the Drivers? – Mass Transit

Arlington County, Virginia To Promote Transit Use In Post-COVID Marketing Push – ARLnow

Washington Ferries struggling with mask compliance – KGMI Radio

NEPA

Many BLM grazing permits renewed without NEPA review, group says – E&E News

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

AASHTO Helps Launch EV States Clearinghouse – AASHTO Journal

New Guidebook Helps New Jersey Municipalities Prepare for More Electric Vehicles – SandPaper

New study points to key role of ports in future fuel infrastructure. – Lloyd’s Register

The neighbourhood leading a green energy revolution – BBC

Utah’s Walkable ‘15-Minute City’ Could Still Leave Lots of Room for Cars – CityLab

AIR QUALITY

Colorado Welcomes Arrival of New Zero-Emissions Big RigsColorado DOT

There’s a Push to Get More Electric School Buses on the Streets – Moms Are Driving It – Route Fifty

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Massachusetts program funds strategies pairing equity and clean transportation – Energy News Network

D.C. to prioritize equity in preparations for $3 billion in federal infrastructure funds – Washington Post

Two bills aim to make NJ transportation more accessible for people with disabilities The Record

A Black Vision for Development, in the Birthplace of Urban Renewal – CityLab

NATURAL RESOURCES

Tennessee DOT Deploying ‘Seabins’ for River Cleanup – AASHTO Journal

‘Canopy Clearing’ Helping Improve Roadway Safety – AASHTO Journal

Environmental group sues over new water quality law – Montana Free Press

Hydropower eyes bigger energy role, less environmental harm – AP

New ways to improve urban wetlands – Science Daily

CULTURAL RESOURCE

Utah launches ‘Pledge to Protect the Past’ campaign to stop archaeological vandalism – KSL-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Are Mobility Hubs the Future of Urban Transportation? – Government Technology

DC Offers $200 Towards Bikes For School Staff – DCist

Henderson, Nevada opens 12-mile bicycle trail – KLAS-TV

Calls to end Potomac swim ban as DC celebrates Clean Water Act anniversary – WTOP Radio

New Trail In Burke Provides Direct Connection to VRE Station – Burke Patch

SDOT Starts Citywide Stop-For-Pedestrians Campaign With Signage In West SeattleWest Seattle Blog

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Methods for State DOTs to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Transportation Sector – TRB

Primer and Framework for Considering an Airport Noise and Operations Monitoring System – TRB

TRB ACRP Insight Event – Systemic Inequality in the Airport Industry: Exploring the Racial Divide – ACRP

Mobility Equity Research Spans Diverse Needs of Underserved Communities – National Renewable Energy Laboratory

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Project Discretionary Grant Opportunity – USDOT, Office of the Secretary of Transportation (Notice)

Notice of Solicitation of Applications for Stakeholder Representative Members of the Committee on Levee Safety – Army Corps of Engineers (Notice; extension of application period)

National Priorities List DeletionEPA (Final rule)

Clean Water Act Hazardous Substance Worst Case Discharge Planning Regulations – EPA (Proposed rule)

Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles: Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards – EPA (Proposed rule)

Great Lakes Advisory Board Notice for Virtual Meeting – EPA (Notice)

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

Hazardous Materials: Frequently Asked Questions – Applicability of the Hazardous Material RegulationsPipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice; request for comments)

Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Indian Creek, Miami Beach, FL – Coast Guard, DHS (Final rule)

Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of North Carolina Including Offshore Approaches to the Cape Fear River and Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina – Coast Guard (Notice of availability of draft report; request for comments)

Port Access Route Study: Seacoast of New Jersey Including Offshore Approaches to the Delaware Bay, DelawareCoast Guard (Notice of availability)

Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 9 for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Carolina Long Bay Area – Final Sale NoticeBureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – March 23, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Names PennDOT’s Gramian as CES Chair – AASHTO Journal

FTA Awards $409M in Transit Bus Grants – AASHTO Journal

House Lawmakers Pitch Water Infrastructure Projects – Transport Topics

SEC plans to force public companies to disclose greenhouse gas emissions – Washington Post

FHWA Announces First Availability of National Scenic Byways Program Funding Since 2012 – FHWA (Media release)

COVID-19

Portland Transportation Leaders Move to Make COVID-Era Street Seating Permanent – Portland Mercury

How did COVID-19 impact mass, micro-transit options? – KXAN-TV

CDC lowers COVID-19 warning on cruise ships from ‘high’ to ‘moderate’ – The Hill

NEPA

Utah Lake Restoration Project must complete Environmental Impact Statement – Daily Herald

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Colorado is about to rapidly expand its transmission network. Should it double as a bike highway system? – Colorado Public Radio

Pittsburgh City Council proposal would turn to nonprofits for infrastructure funding – Tribune-Review

It’s Time to Treat E-Bikes Like Vehicles – CityLab

Major New Roads In England May Have Funding Pulled If They Increase Carbon Emissions Or Don’t Boost Active Travel – Forbes

AIR QUALITY

AVTA now operates North America’s first fully zero-emissions fleet – Mass Transit

EPA plan would limit downwind pollution from power plants – Los Angeles Times

The promises – and limits – of electric vehicles – WDET Radio

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Pennsylvania is revising its environmental justice policy. Here’s what’s changing – Allegheny Front

Even many decades later, redlined areas see higher levels of air pollution – WBEZ Radio

Clean water is key to conservation equity – The Hill (Opinion)

Biden’s push for an infrastructure presidency risks sacrificing Black communities – Washington Post (Commentary)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Claim your roadkill with 511 app – GCN

No Kidding: Goats as Vegetation Management in Bedford? – Katonah Lewisboro Times

Climate-driven water woes spark Colorado rush to conserve ‘liquid gold’ – Reuters

Report: Clean Water Act Falls Short – Progressive Farmer

Corps releases West Shore Lake Pontchartrain environmental documents for review – Army Corps of Engineers (Media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Manhattan’s Chinese Street Signs Are Disappearing – New York Times

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

State of Michigan Announces Grants for Electrified Mobility Projects – Autobody News

Brightline launches bike-share program, ‘BrightBike,’ to encourage more eco-friendly transportation – WPBF-TV

Gov. Justice approves pedestrian improvements in Morgantown – WBOY-TV

Chicago Facing Class Action Suit Over Lack Of Accessible Signals For Blind PedestriansWTTW-TV

New York City DOT To Install 500 Accessible Pedestrian Signals At Intersections Next Year – Gothamist

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clearing the Skies with Research on Electric Vehicles – TRB

TRB Webinar: Creating Inclusive Mobility – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Availability of Initial Guidance Proposals for the Capital Investment Grants Program – FTA (Notice)

Air Travel by Persons Who Use Wheelchairs; Notice of Public MeetingUSDOT, Office of the Secretary (Notice)

Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration GuidanceCouncil on Environmental
Quality (Notice of availability; request for comments; extension of comment period)

Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting – Surface Transportation Board (Notice of meeting)

National Priorities List – EPA (Proposed rule; withdrawal of proposed rule)

Approval of Arizona Air Plan Revisions, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Maricopa County Air Quality Department – EPA (Final rule)

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

Proposed Settlement Agreement, Clean Water Act – EPA (Notice of proposed settlement agreement; request for public comment)

Notification of a Public Meeting of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) Lead Review Panel – EPA (Notice)

National and Governmental Advisory Committees to the U.S. Representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) – EPA (Notice of meeting)

Inland Waterways Users Board Meeting Notice – Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Notice of Availability of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #8: Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats – National Marine Fisheries Service (Notice of availability; request for comments)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: Public Meeting – NOAA (Notice)

Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Waterways Commerce Cutter Acquisition ProgramCoast Guard (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Reconciliation of Derogatory Geographic Names Tribal Consultation; Correction – U.S. Geological Survey (Notice; correction)