Environmental News Highlights – January 3, 2024

FEDERAL ACTION

New Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices Issued -AASHTO Journal



On the Heels of New Industry Standard for EV Charging, FHWA Takes Key Step Toward Updating Federal Standards to Promote Innovation -FHWA (media release)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Overshadowed by electrification push, hydrogen gains steam in Nevada public transportation -Nevada Independent

 

Hydrogen Hubs Central to State Government Action in 2023 -Transport Topics

 

MassDOT Shifts Into High Gear for Statewide Network of EV Fast-Charging Stations –Hoodline

 

Plans to install EV charging stations are about to run into an ugly wall of permitting and utility delays -Route Fifty (Commentary)

 

AIR QUALITY

California Air Resources Board to Delay Enforcement of Registration Requirements -Transport Topics

Transit Agencies Lay Groundwork for Zero Emission Bus Fleet Overhaul –Metro

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

Podcast: Wrapping up the Transportation Equity Series -AASHTO Journal

 

A new tool designed to put environmental justice on the map in Colorado has faced a rocky rollout -Colorado Public Radio

NATURAL RESOURCES

States Will Need Millions to Protect Affected Wetlands –Governing

Arkansas DOT Releases Traffic Management Plan Ahead Of 2024 Total Solar Eclipse -Arkansas DOT (media release)


Popular Ice Control Products Used at Airports Can Increase Phosphorus in Nearby Waterways -US Geological Survey (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

How One Photographer’s Daily Obsession With the Golden Gate Bridge Saves Lives -San Francisco Standard

 

Native American Translations Being Added To More US Road Signs To Promote Language, Awareness –AP

 

Social media platform to reunite owners with stolen bicycles -Newry Democrat

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

E-scooter firms set out to revolutionize transportation. Instead, many are collapsing. –Marketplace

From Rails to Trails, with Peter Harnik -Resources Radio (link to podcast)

 

On-Demand Microtransit Can’t Escape This Big Problem –CityLab

 

Bicycles Still Not ‘Intended’ On Roads, Illinois Supreme Court Finds -Chicago Patch

 

What Will It Take To Create A Bicycle-Friendly Los Angeles? –CityWatch

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wheels Up! Alaska’s Rural Air Service –TRB

 

Framework for Implementing Constructability Throughout Project Development from NEPA to Final Design –NCHRP

Incorporating Nondestructive Testing in Quality Assurance of Highway Pavement Construction: Conduct of Research Report -NCHRP

Incorporating Nondestructive Testing in Quality Assurance of Highway Pavement Construction: Manual. –NCHRP

Challenges and Opportunities Toward a Just Transition and Sustainable Development: Proceedings of a Workshop – in Brief -National Academies

 

Governing urban regions with a network of plans –Cities

 

The potential of emerging bio-based products to reduce environmental impacts -Nature

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Standards for Traffic Control Devices; the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways; Revision -FHWA (Final rule)



Transforming Transportation Advisory Committee; Public Meeting -Office of the Secretary, USDOT (Notice of public meeting)

Transportation Services for Individuals With Disabilities: ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities -USDOT {Extension of comment period)

 

California State Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Standards; Advanced Clean Cars II Regulations; Request for Waiver of Preemption; Opportunity for Public Hearing and Public Comment -EPA (Notice)

 

Air Plan Approval; Georgia; Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program -EPA (Proposed rule)

 

Water Quality Standards To Protect Aquatic Life in the Delaware River -EPA (Proposed rule)

 

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Rubber Tire Manufacturing Amendments: Extension of Comment Period -EPA (Proposed rule)


Area Maritime Security Advisory Committee (AMSC), Eastern Great Lakes, Western New York Sub-Committee Vacancy -Coast Guard (Notice of availability of committee vacancy; solicitation for membership)

 

Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Meeting for the Pier Wind Terminal Development Project at the Port of Long Beach, City of Long Beach and County of Los Angeles, California (SPL–2023–00720) -U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

 

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Future Floating Wind Energy Development Related to 2023 Leased Areas Offshore California -Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Interior (Notice; request for comments)



Safety Zone; South Fork Wind Farm Project Area, Outer Continental Shelf, Lease OCS–A 0517, Offshore Rhode Island, Atlantic Ocean -Coast Guard (Temporary interim rule and request for comments)

 

Notice of Teleconference Meeting of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee -Office of the Secretary, Interior (Meeting notice)

 

Environmental News Highlights – December 20, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

USDOT Issues $645M in Rural Transportation Grants -AASHTO Journal

USDOT Issues ‘Safe Streets and Roads for All’ Grants -AASHTO Journal

Biden convenes national infrastructure advisory council as he looks to build resiliency -Spectrum News/AP

Who Will Manage the US Climate Retreat? –CityLab

An Answer to Our Transit Crisis -Philadelphia Citizen

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

A Historic Milestone: Ohio and New York Unveil First EV Charging Stations in U.S. -Motor Mouth

Researchers find SFO runways sinking faster compared to other coastal airports -KPIX-TV

FAA Addresses Resiliency in IIJA Aviation Programs but Lacks Data and a Framework for Prioritizing Climate Change Projects -USDOT Inspector General



General Motors and partners open first 17 locations of their national EV fast-charging network –Teslarati

Transportation, Infrastructure Move Toward Electrification -Government Technology

 

AIR QUALITY

Impact in More Electric Vehicles Improve Air Quality for Everyone but Have Less Polluted Areas –UCLA

How to slash emissions across the U.S. economy, according to experts -PBS NewsHour

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

King County Metro’s vision for a sustainable, inclusive and innovative commuting experience -Intelligent Transport

Greyhound bus stops are valuable assets. Here’s who’s cashing in on them –CNN

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Congressional Committees Eye Water Resources Act for 2024 -Transport Topics

For Cities, Going Green Is No Cure-All –CityLab

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Cayuga Nation sues New York state, claims Thruway on reservation land -Finger Lakes Times

An Underground Lunch Delivery Train Comes to the Atlanta Suburbs –CityLab

Tennessee, North Carolina DOTs Release Mountain Byways E-Guide -Tennessee DOT (media release)

ATU Receives $500K for Trail Management Institute -Arkansas Tech University (media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Why are so many American pedestrians dying at night? -New York Times

Bethlehem to receive $10 million to revitalize Broad Street from heavy traffic passageway to pedestrian, biking corridor -Morning Call

Warning Systems To Prevent Drivers From Dooring Cyclists Announced by Ford and Volkswagen –Bicycling

San Diego eyes parking districts as a solution for transportation woes -KPBS-TV

New E-Bike Training Resources Come Online –CalBike

Cambridge, Massachusetts Mandated Separated Bike Lanes on Every New Road. Here’s How It’s Going –Velo

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Elevating Equity in Transportation Decision Making: Recommendations for Federal Competitive Grant Programs -National Academies

TRB’s 4th International Conference on Access Management –TRB

How Highway Conversions Can Pave the Way for More Inclusive and Resilient Places -Urban Land Institute

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Federal Travel Regulation (FTR); Sustainable Transportation for Official Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel -GSA (Announcement)

Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE); Notice of Public Meeting -Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation (Notice)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; January 2024 Virtual Meeting -Coast Guard (Notice)

Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Ozark National Scenic Riverways; Motorized Vessels -National Park Service (Final rule)

Determination of Eligibility for Consideration as Wilderness Areas, Congaree National Park -National Park Service (Notice)

Atlantic Wind Lease Sale 10 for Commercial Leasing for Wind Power Development on the U.S. States Central Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf – Proposed Sale Notice -Bureau of Ocean Energy (Notice; request for comments)

Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for Sunrise Wind, LLC’s Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Offshore New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island -Bureau of Ocean Energy (Notice)


Policy Regarding Processing Land Use Changes on Federally Acquired or Federally Conveyed Airport Land -FAA (Notice of final policy)



Policy Regarding Processing Land Use Changes on Federally Acquired or Federally Conveyed Airport Land; Correction -FAA (Notification of final policy; Correction)

 

Environmental News Highlights – December 13, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Stop, Look, Listen: Engaging Communities to put Equity into Action -AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

FTA Offers $343M for Transit Accessibility Projects -AASHTO Journal

AASHTO Comments on FEMA Floodplain Rulemaking -AASHTO Journal

House Panel Advances PIPES Act, Targeting Pipeline Safety -Transport Topics

CEQ Announces New Net-Zero Government Initiative Countries Joining U.S. to Cut Climate Emissions from Government Operations -White House (media release)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Michigan governor directs state government vehicle fleet to go electric -Detroit News

Congress provided $7.5B for electric vehicle chargers. Built so far: Zero. -Politico

Massachusetts to Remove 8 Aging Dams for Water Quality, Flood Mitigation, Safety -AP

Virginia Approved Big Changes To Transportation Funding. Advocates Worry It’ll Hurt Transit And Bike Projects -DCist

Colorado Governor releases “Road Map to a Future Colorado 2026” focusing on housing, transportation -CBS News Colorado

New York MTA board approves congestion pricing plan -Spectrum News

As Hertz and Avis adopt EVs, airports like DFW race to expand electric grids -Fast Company

AIR QUALITY

Florida declines $320 million in federal money for emissions program, claims overstepping authority -WOKV Radio

World carbon dioxide emissions increase again, driven by China, India and aviation -AP

Tweed New Haven Airport Expansion Takes Heat From Top Federal Health Official -CT Examiner

2 decades of air quality gains in western U.S. wiped out by wildfires -Tucson Sentinel

Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Transportation and Transport Canada on the Nexus between Transportation and Climate Change -USDOT (media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

Center for Rural Pa. study shows issues getting transportation grants -The Bradford Era

Administration Unveils First-Ever Strategy to Advance Environmental Justice for Communities That Rely on the Ocean and Marine Resources -White House (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

What 400 years of Boston transit history tells us about the MBTA’s future -WGBH Radio

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

New underpass will allow bikers, pedestrians to safely cross popular Oconomowoc, Wisconsin highway -WDJT-TV

Proposal seeks to keep walkers moving, safe on Las Vegas Strip overpasses -Las Vegas Sun

Chicago Mayor, CDOT Cut Ribbon on Central Park Avenue Pedestrian and Bike Safety Improvement Project -City of Chicago

NYC approves new measure for citywide noise cameras to crackdown on loud cars -WABC-TV

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Resilience Research Becoming a Bigger Part of Transportation Planning -TRB

Limitations to sustainable renewable jet fuels production attributed to cost than energy-water-food resource availability -Nature Communications

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Travel Management; Administration of the Forest Transportation System; Post-decisional Administrative Review Process for Occupancy or Use of National Forest System Lands and Resources; Land Uses; Special Uses -Forest Service (Final rule)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC and Northern Natural Gas Company; Notice of Availability of the Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Pelto Area Abandonment ProjectFederal Energy Regulatory Commission (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – December 6, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Holds Winter Meeting on Public Transit Issues -AASHTO Journal

Tackling the Climate Crisis -Department of Interior

Transportation, Infrastructure Move Toward Electrification -Government Technology

Cities can achieve sustainability wins with micro transportation, green infrastructure and climate resilience planning -American City & County

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces New Thought Leadership Series “Up, Up, and Away: Innovations in Advanced Air Mobility -FAA (media release)

 

COVID-19

Has the pandemic forever changed our walking habits? -Talking Michigan Transportation podcast

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Hawaii DOT Helping with Emergency Stormwater Project -AASHTO Journal

Connecticut Moves To Soften EV Mandate –ClearTechnica


San Diegans love their cars. SANDAG wants employers to encourage a different way to commute –inewssource

Massachusetts launches ResilientCoast initiative -WCVB-TV

Detroit touts first wireless-charging public road for electric vehicles in US -Detroit Free Press

New York City redesigning thousands of intersections to make them safer for pedestrians -WCBS-TV

 

AIR QUALITY

Railroads take on EPA’s pollution-reporting proposal –Freightwaves

Air pollution from heavy traffic can raise blood pressure, researchers say -Medical News Today

Reaching for air: How a historic mistake led to Salt Lake City’s pollution nightmare -KUER Radio/Salt Lake Tribune

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

Republicans’ EJ battle plan –Axios

Where Is Noise Pollution The Worst? Redlined Neighborhoods –Grist

Braille signage installed on all 8,400+ bus stops in Metro Vancouver, BC -TransLink (blog)

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Continues to Accelerate Environmental Justice in Disadvantaged Communities through the President’s Investing in America Agenda -White House (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Florida’s coral reefs are recovering after record high ocean temperatures –NPR

Feds give grant to study wildlife crossings in Virginia -Cardinal News

CULTURAL RESOURCES

NCDOT Seeks Entries for Yearly Aviation Art Contest -AASHTO Journal

Crossing paths: New photography project takes aim at the impacts of transportation on wildlife -Canadian Geographic

America’s last lighthouse keeper is retiring. She, and her light, are ready. -Christian Science Monitor

Honoring Native American Heritage Month -Voices for Public Transportation (blog)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

DC could ban cars in 3 corridors and create pedestrian zones -WTOP Radio

Walkers and cyclists added to Nebraska’s road safety plan for the first time -Omaha World-Herald

Key stretch of Adirondack Rail Trail is complete between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid -Adirondack Explorer

Santa Barbara, California Public Library Helping People Try E-Bikes For Free -Yale Climate Connections


NTSB to Hold Summit on Pilot Mental Health -NTSB (media release)

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Exploring the Future of Public Transportation Research: A National Online Dialogue –FTA

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Fiscal Year 2024 Competitive Funding Opportunity: All Stations Accessibility Program -FTA (Notice of funding opportunity)

Notice of Availability and Extension of Comment Period for the Preliminary Designation of Certain Stormwater Discharges Within Two Watersheds in Los Angeles County, California Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water ActEPA (Notice)

Federal Land Managers’ Air Quality Related Values Work Group (FLAG); Draft Addendum to 2010 Phase 1 Report -Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service (Notice of availability)

Request for Information on the Coast Guard Implementation of a Western Alaska Oil Spill Planning Criteria Program -Coast Guard (Request for information)

Forest Service Manual 2000 National Forest Resource Management; Chapter 2040 National Forest System Monitoring -Forest Service (Notice of availability for public comment)

Notice of Availability of a Joint Record of Decision for the Proposed Empire Offshore Wind Projects -Bureau of Ocean Energy and National Marine Fisheries Service (Notice)



Decommissioning and Disposition of the National Historic Landmark Nuclear Ship Savannah; Notice of Site Visit -Maritime Administration (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – November 29, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

State DOTs Win Top Prizes in America’s Transportation Awards Competition -AASHTO Journal



Fifth National Climate Assessment -US Global Change Research Program

Biden administration proposes limiting environmental reviews to speed up renewables -The Hill

NYC Congestion Pricing Could Unleash a Transportation Revolution –CityLab

Most Americans still have to commute every day. Here’s how that experience has changed. -New York Times

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

How one city funds climate resilience, a dollar at a time -Route Fifty

Port of Seattle moves forward on electrification -National Fisherman

Retired Wind Turbine Blades Live on as Park Benches and Picnic Tables -Bloomberg Green

Minnesota’s Metro Transit Using Rainwater To Clean Buses At New Garage -KMSP-TV

 

AIR QUALITY

So Thieves Nabbed Your Catalytic Converter. Here’s Where It Ended Up. -New York Times

Researchers Explore Hydrogen Power for Railways -Oak Ridge National Laboratory Review (pdf)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

The best and worst states for green, equitable transportation -Route Fifty

L.A. Agencies Sign Equity in Infrastructure Project Pledge and Launch ‘California Plan’ -Los Angeles Sentinel

85% of Rural Residents Have Reasonable Access to Intercity Transportation; Lack of Reasonable Access Falls Disproportionately on Low-Income Households -Bureau of Transportation Statistics (media release)

FTA Announces Nearly $5 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Transit Access for Older Adults, People with Disabilities, and Low-Income Individuals -FTA (media release)

EPA Announces $2 Billion to Fund Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants as Part of Investing in America Agenda -EPA (media release)

 

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Truck hits Pennsylvania covered bridge that dates back to 1800s -WBAL-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

San Diego votes to advance rolling back scooter laws after Bird pulls from city –KSWB

Chattanooga is reducing traffic lanes and adding bike lanes to more city streets -Chattanooga Times Free Press

Fighting loneliness with free transportation in Saco, Maine -WCSH-TV

Interactive map shows crash data between motorists and pedestrians, cyclists in Providence -Providence Business Journal

Commuter Dividend: The Economic Value of Commuters for City and Suburbs in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut Region -Regional Plan Association

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Methods to Manage Tree Growth Near Airports –ACRP

How New Corporate Environmental Standards Will Impact Airports –ACRP

TRB’s involvement in research on Resilience from 2021-2023 -TRB (pdf)



TRB Webinar: Sustainable and Low-Carbon Solutions for Asphalt Pavements –NCHRP



TRB Webinar: Accessible Floating Bus Stops –TRB

TRB Webinar: Advancing Equity in Travel Experience – The Role of Gender and Identity –TRB

TRB Webinar: Climate Resilient Design for Culverts and Pavements –TRB

Navigating the 4-day Commute: Redesigning Employee Shuttle Programs -Association for Commuter Transportation (webinar)

Should Cities Tax Uber and Lyft? –SSRN

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Fiscal Year 2024 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility (ICAM) Pilot Program -FTA (Notice)

Safety Advisory 2023–07; Review and Implement New Predictive Weather Modeling and Proactive Safety Processes Across the National Rail Network To Prevent Weather-Related Accidents and Incidents -FRA (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement To Reconsider a Highway Right-of-Way Application and Associated Amendment of an Incidental Take Permit, Washington County, Utah -Fish and Wildlife Service (Notice of intent)


Adoption and Submittal of State Plans for Designated Facilities: Implementing Regulations Under Clean Air Act Section 111(d) -EPA (Final rule)



Release of Achieving Health and Environmental Protection Through EPA’s Meaningful Involvement Policy -EPA (Draft policy; Notice of availability)

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Public Meeting -EPA (Notice)

White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council; Notification of Virtual Public Meeting -EPA (Notice)

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

Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS); Meeting -EPA (Notification of public meeting)

Environmental Justice Scorecard -Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) (Request for information)

Multi-Year Certificate of Documentation for Recreational Vessel Owners -Coast Guard (Final rule)

Recreational Boating Safety Projects, Programs, and Activities Funded Under Provisions of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act; Fiscal Year 2023 -Coast Guard (Notice)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies -Coast Guard (Request for applications)



Black Hills National Forest Advisory Board -Forest Service (Notice of meeting)

 

Environmental News Highlights – November 15, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION


Longest Serving USDOT Deputy Secretary Passes Away -AASHTO Journal



White House, Lawmakers Evaluate IIJA on Second Anniversary -Transport Topics



White House Regulation Plan Sets Path for Tougher Climate Rules -Bloomberg Law



Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Urban Electric Mobility Infrastructure -U.S. Joint Office of Energy and Transportation (link to pdf)



Transit’s physical cliff: Climate change -Transportation for America (blog)

 

COVID-19

CDC expands testing of international air traveler samples to include flu, RSV, and other respiratory viruses -Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (media release)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Indiana DOT Issues $91M in Community Crossings Grants -AASHTO Journal

Maryland transportation panel considers whether to recommend new fees for electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as higher tolls -WUSA-TV

Cities Experiment With Pedal-Powered Delivery Policies -Government Technology

Bottles to bridges: Glass-based concrete makes for a greener crossing -New Atlas

Parking garages are a huge wasted heat source -Anthropocene

Can Solar Panels in Highway ROW Be the Next Big Step in Renewable Energy? -Thinking Transportation (podcast)

AIR QUALITY

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Transportation Planning -FHWA Innovator



Midwest pollution spiked dramatically this summer because of Canadian wildfires. Now officials may erase those days from the books. -Chicago Tribune



Texas could spend federal funds meant to cut carbon emissions on highway projects -Texas Tribune


START Lab expansion aims to make aviation greener -Penn State University

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

North Carolina DOT Official On Using AI And Cloud-Based Apps To Advance Transportation Equity -StateScoop

Illinois RTA provides 25,000 $20 transit passes to be distributed to survivors of domestic violence -Regional Transportation Authority (blog)

Apple And The EPA Take On The Future Of Environmental Policy -Forbes (contributed content)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Alaska Expands Reach of Unmanned Aerial systems in Remote Locations and Extreme Conditions -FHWA Innovator

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Historical Markers To Commemorate Saratoga Springs Cycling History -Saratoga Today



Want to save our cities? Look to San Francisco’s iconic survivor: the Ferry Building -Los Angeles Times



Forest County Potawatomi unveil dual language highway signs in Wisconsin -Wisconsin Law Journal



Does Anyone Know How to Behave on the Subway Anymore? -New York Times

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Officials seek feedback on plan to make Oklahoma streets more friendly for cyclists, walkers -Oklahoma Voice



Tensions Flare as Southern California Surf Communities Fight over E-Bikes –Surfer



Arroyofest returns to advocate active transportation -Talon Marks



Southmont, PA one of nine communities to win state’s ‘active transportation’ grant -Tribune-Democrat



Bike Utah: The e-bike revolution is here. That’s a good thing. -Salt Lake Tribune

 

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

What Do Americans Think About Federal Tax Options to Support Transportation? Results from Year Fourteen of a National Survey -Mineta Transportation Institute

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Locomotives and Locomotive Engines; Preemption of State and Local Regulations -EPA (Final rule)



Biannual Request for Information on the Status of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Industry -FHWA (Notice)



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



Hazardous Materials: Public Meeting Notice for the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Research, Development & Technology Virtual Forum -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice)



Request for Information: National Ocean Biodiversity Strategy -National Science Foundation (Notice)

 

Environmental News Highlights – November 8, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Port Infrastructure Projects Get $653M in Federal Funds -AASHTO Journal

A New Environmental Justice Playbook for Federal Agencies -The White House


U.S. cities consider banning “right on red” laws amid rise in pedestrian deaths -CBS News



Shipping industry could lose $10 billion a year battling climate change by 2050 –CNBC

An archeologist shortage could stifle the climate law -E&E News

Port Leaders Push Wind Power as Long-Term Solution -Transport Topics

 

COVID-19

Americans Are Walking 36% Less Since CovidCityLab

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

How the country’s largest ferry system is going green –Axios

Texas Wants to Know: How will the state’s transportation infrastructure handle its booming population? -KXAS-TV

Build the Bike Lanes and the Delivery Bikes Will Follow -Government Technology


NYC seeks suggestions for moving freight traffic off of roads onto the rivers -Daily News

How do you prevent New York City subway flooding in extreme rain? –Marketplace

 

AIR QUALITY

Colorado built a park over I-70 to contain pollution. Is the air safe to breathe? -Colorado Public Radio

EPA grant will encourage small California airports, pilots to switch from leaded to unleaded fuel -KNTV-TV

California may require railroads to eliminate pollution, EPA rules -Nation World

Los Angeles aiming for vast greenhouse gas reductions before 2028 Olympics with new plan -Inside the Games

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

Flying Is Becoming More Accessible For Passengers With Disabilities –Forbes

New Mississippi program to transport patients to appointments -WJTV-TV


Metrolinx is joining the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower program -Metrolinx (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Tennessee DOT’s ‘No Trash November’ aims to remove 50,000 pounds of litter from roadways -WATE-TV

 

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Why is Houston so car centric? -EnergyPortal.eu

Young Photographer Gives New View Of Planes -ABC News (link to video)

MTA, New York Comedy Festival Team Up to Bring Top Comedic Voices to the Subway System -Metropolitan Transportation Authority (media release)

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Questions remain as Richmond-San Rafael bike lane pilot program ends -KPIX-TV

Drivers make noise about Chicago proposal targeting and fining loud cars -WBBM-TV

Abandoned hire bikes and e-scooters in London can now be reported via FixMyStreet -Highway News

FDOT, Partners Celebrate Eighth Annual Mobility Week -Florida DOT (media release)

Kansas Mobility Week encourages multimodal transportation choices -Kansas DOT (media release)

 

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Webinar: Let’s Catch a Bus – Understanding Health Impacts and Public Transit Equity –TRB

Paths to Biking, Walking Improvements Supported by Wealth of Research –NCHRP



Assessing the Impacts of Right-Turn Lanes on Rural and Suburban Highways –NCHRP

Accessing America’s Great Outdoors: Forecasting Recreational Travel Demand –NCHRP


Communicating Safe Behavior Practices to Vulnerable Road Users -Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

UVA and VDOT celebrate 75th anniversary of state transportation research council -Augusta Free Press

Exploring decarbonization pathways for USA passenger and freight mobility -Nature Communications

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Transportation Services for Individuals With Disabilities: ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities -USDOT (Request for information on accessibility improvements for transportation facilities)

Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE); Notice of Public Meeting -Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation (Notice)



Determination To Defer Sanctions; California; California Air Resources Board -EPA (Interim final determination)

Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Vehicle Miles Traveled Emissions Offset Demonstrations for the 2015 Ozone Standards; California -EPA (Final rule)

Notice of Availability of Preliminary Designation of Certain Stormwater Discharges Within Two Watersheds in Los Angeles County, California Under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System of the Clean Water Act -EPA (Notice of availability)

Notice of Availability of Consultation Documents for Public Comment Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act -FAA (Notice)

Notice of Proposed Methodology for the 2024 Delaware River and Bay Water Quality Assessment Report -Delaware River Basin Commission (Notice)

John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System; Florida, Georgia,Louisiana, Maine, and New York; Draft 5-Year Review Boundaries -Fish and Wildlife Service (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Land Uses; Special Uses; Carbon Capture and Storage Exemption -Forest Service (Proposed rule; request for public comment)

Notice of Availability of a Joint Record of Decision for the Proposed Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Commercial Project -Bureau of Ocean Energy and National Marine Fisheries Service (Notice)

 

Environmental News Highlights – November 1, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Backs Preserving State/Local Authority on AVs -AASHTO Journal



Big federal dollars for small state projects aim to get more cars off the roads -Missouri Independent



Legacy programs stymie Biden’s efforts to boost equity in infrastructure spending -Route Fifty



Q&A with Susan Handy, Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at UC Davis –Sactown



Readout of the Environmental Permitting Technology and Data Summit -White House (media release)


National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Progress UpdateJoint Office of Energy and Transportation (media release)

COVID-19

The work commute changed after the pandemic, new data shows -State Smart Transportation Initiative

 

NEPA

Unlocking New Mexico’s energy potential: The imperative of NEPA reform -Las Cruces Sun News (opinion)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Rubber hits the road at tire recycling event -Jefferson City News Tribune



Geothermal technology is now being used at Louisville Airport -WLKY-TV



How to Prevent Forest Fires by Building Cities With More Wood –Bloomberg



White House opens $45 billion in federal funds to developers to covert offices to homes -Dow Jones



AIR QUALITY

EPA to Increase Air Monitoring at Marine Ports -National Law Review (contributed content)



California meets its target for zero-emissions truck sales two years ahead of schedule -California Air Resources Board (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Nevada shows commitment to getting desert wildlife across the road safely -Las Vegas Sun



How New York City Turned the World’s Biggest Garbage Dump Into a Park –Bloomberg



Humans mimicking beavers to combat wildfires and restore wetlands -Wildfire Today



Idaho Adopt-A-Highway Removes 3 Million Pounds Of Litter, Saves $25 Million In Labor -Idaho Transportation Department (media release)

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

How Transportation Improves Quality of Life -Talking Michigan Transportation (podcast)



Delmont, PA council approves transportation plan aimed at improving pedestrian, bike infrastructure -Murrysville Star



Multiple Bay Area Programs Aim to Expand Access to E-Bikes -Government Technology



How a century-old rail agreement slowed a Seattle bike lane project -Seattle Times



As e-bikes grow in popularity, so do calls for safety certification –Grist



Need to find a bike rack in Atlanta? There’s an app for that -WAGA-TV



Boulder installs protected bike lane infrastructure new to the US -City of Boulder (media release)

 

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Webinar: Accommodating Utilities in Highway and Freeway Right-of-Way -AASHTO and NCHRP



Webinar: Mitigating Air Pollution Exposures from Transportation –TRB



Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States –TRB



Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Performance Functions –TCHRP



Is Federal Infrastructure Investment Advancing Equity Goals? -Urban Institute

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Transportation and Climate Division (TCD) Grant Program Reporting Templates: Supplemental Project Application Template and Project Reporting Templates for Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA), Clean School Bus (CSB), Clean Heavy Duty (CHD), and Clean Ports Grant Programs; EPA ICR No. 2793.01, OMB Control No. 2060–NEW -EPA (Notice)



Revising Scope of the Mining Sector of Projects That Are Eligible for Coverage Under Title 41 of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act -Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (Extension of comment period)



Federal Management Regulation; Designation of Authority and Sustainable Siting –GSA



Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal -FRA (Announcement)



Public Meeting of the Scientific Earthquake Studies Advisory Committee -Geological Survey (Notice)

 

Environmental News Highlights – October 25, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

USDOT Forms Climate and Transportation Research Group -AASHTO Journal

EPA takes step toward regulating lead in fuel for small planes -The Hill

States pitch mileage tax to bridge gap in federal highway funding -Route Fifty

Longer Commutes, Shorter Lives: The Costs of Not Investing in America -New York Times Magazine

I-95 is going to become an electric truck charging corridor –Electrek

 

NEPA

Wyoming officials slam proposed changes to NEPA -Sundance Times

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Trucking Stakeholders Tackle EV Challenges -Transport Topics



Current Climate: Federal Government Projects A Surge In Renewable Energy In The Coming Decade –Forbes

MTI report outlines economic and environmental benefits of high-speed rail in U.S. -Mass Transit



What are those glass balls in the road? INDOT experts shed light on reflective technology -WTHR-TV

Can California continue to fight the ocean? A new book argues for new approaches -Lookout Santa Cruz

Metrolink utilizes first-in-nation earthquake safety technology to conduct on-board drill for Great California ShakeOut -Metrolink (media release)

AIR QUALITY

Revealed: how a little-known pollution rule keeps the air dirty for millions of Americans -The Guardian

New California rules to reduce vessel emissions at ports get federal OK -Long Beach Post

California Trucking Association Sues to Block CARB RuleTransport Topics

Airlines say they’ve found a route to climate-friendly flying –Vox

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE/EQUITY

Making transportation more accessible around Lake Tahoe -Tahoe Daily Tribune

Reducing Negative Health Impacts from Transportation on Communities of Color -Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Historic low water levels on Mississippi River stymie commercial barge traffic in Arkansas -Talk Business & Politics

EPA selects six communities to improve stormwater management and advance environmental justice -EPA Region 1 (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Utah governor says future Olympics could bring transportation improvements, trains -KPCW Radio

New York Subway Stations, Through the Eyes of an Architect –CityLab

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Look at highway work zones from my perspective -PhillyVoice (contributed content

)

New Bicycle Path Improvements Change the Face of Downtown Santa Barbara -Santa Barbara Independent

Brownsville, Texas makes mobility plan public -Brownsville Herald

Houston Bike-Share Is Struggling. Public Transit Is Stepping In. –Governing

Greenacres ‘Dillman Trail’ providing safe alternative transportation for locals and students in Florida -WPBF-TV

 

TRB RESOURCES/RESEARCH/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clearing the Skies with Research on Electric Vehicles –TRB

TRB Webinar: Demonstrated Performance of Buried Bridges –TRB

Nighttime Visibility for Safety -FHWA Center of Accelerating Innovation

Series Finale: Commemorating the Second Anniversary of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) -USDOT Volpe Center (link to webinar registration)

Co-Cities: Innovative Transitions toward Just and Self-Sustaining Communities -Carnegie Mellon University (webinar)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity (ACTE); Notice of Public Meeting -Office of the Secretary, Department of Transportation (Notice)

Finding That Lead Emissions From Aircraft Engines That Operate on Leaded Fuel Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution That May Reasonably Be Anticipated To Endanger Public Health and Welfare -EPA (Final action)

Science Advisory Board Environmental Justice Science and Analysis Review Panel; Nominations Request -EPA (Notice)

California State Nonroad Engine Pollution Control Standards; Ocean- Going Vessels At-Berth; Notice of Decision -EPA (Notice of decision)

Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council -Forest Service, Agriculture (Notice of meeting)

National Maritime Security Advisory Committee; December 2023 Virtual Meeting -U.S. Coast Guard (Notice of Federal advisory committee virtual meeting)

Cape Hatteras National Seashore; Bicycling -National Park Service (Proposed rule)

Environmental News Highlights – October 18, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

State DOTs Support National Pedestrian Safety Month -AASHTO Journal



USDOT Equity Committee Working on Recommendations -AASHTO Journal



Why Transportation Planners Should Prioritize the ‘Silently Suffering’Governing



Human Environment Digest –FHWA

 

NEPA

AASHTO Comments on CEQ’s Proposed NEPA Revisions -AASHTO Journal

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

New York Offers $165M for Community-Based Projects -AASHTO Journal



Why Tugboats Are Key to the $19 Billion Overhaul of Kennedy Airport -New York Times



AI for good: Google unveils raft of new tech schemes for sustainability –edie



Port of Savannah Seeks to Deepen Shipping Lane Again – Atlanta Journal-Constitution



Decarbonizing the Transportation Sector: How Transportation Demand Management Can Untangle the Nation’s Mobility Crisis Through Efficiency -Association for Commuter Transportation



Charging up EVs: Bridging the apartment gap -Transportation for America (commentary)

 

AIR QUALITY

Stockholm Bans Diesel, Petrol Cars in City Center From 2025 –CityLab



Ford’s Patent Tracks How Much Your Car is Polluting -Daily Upside



DOJ sues eBay for selling ‘rolling coal’ devices; fines could hit $2 billion –CNBC



First Intercity Zero-Emission, Hydrogen Passenger Trains in North America Coming to California –Caltrans (media release)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

California Governor Signs Bill Creating ‘Ebony Alerts’ For Missing Black Women, Children -KABC-TV



Equity Moves to the Center of Transportation Planning in Austin -Government Technology



ZIP code discrimination, pollution top concerns at DEP meeting on environmental justice policyPennsylvania Capital-Star



A new U-Md. research center will study fairer, greener transportation networks -Washington Post



LADOT Launches Universal Basic Mobility Pilot -LA Department of Transportation (blog)



DOL Scales Program to Expand Equal Opportunity, Diversity In Construction Trades for Jobs On Large Infrastructure Projects -U.S. Department of Labor (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Iowa DOT Experimenting With Road Salt Application -KSOM Radio



Arkansas DOT preparing for heavy traffic during the 2024 total solar eclipse -KHBS/KHOG-TV



When It Comes to Urban Trees, More Isn’t Always Better –CityLab

 

CULTURAL RESOURCES

150-year-old Florida Keys lighthouse illuminated for first time in a decade –AP



Cambridge to install street signs in American Indian language -WGBH Radio

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Ohio DOT Helps Equip Rest Areas with Naloxone Kits -AASHTO Journal



RIDOT Helps Support ‘Gotham Greens’ Path Project -AASHTO Journal



Iowa DOT approves $1.5 million funding for 3 trail projects -KCCI-TV



ADOT recommends improvements to reopen 5 miles of Apache Trail -Queen Creek Sun Times



Truesdale, MO approves active transportation plan -Warren County Record



Chico, CA Active Transportation Plan ready for fresh input -Enterprise-Record



Raleigh’s investment in cycling infrastructure paying off in big way, data shows -WRAL-TV



New York City Mayor Promises 40-Mile Greenway Expansion, Mostly Along Waterfronts –Gothamist

 

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Small Group Discussions and Community Listening Session to Inform the Public Health Research and Surveillance Priorities from the East Palestine, Ohio Train Derailment: A Workshop –TRB



Transportation for People with Disabilities and Older Adults During COVID-19: Lessons for Emergency Response –TCRP



Webinar: Carpool-based Parking Assignment Policy -National Institute for Congestion Reduction



Gender roles and identities influence transportation needs and experiences, new equity-focused research finds -University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Reformulated Gasoline Covered Areas -EPA (Final rule)



Revisions to the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements -EPA (Proposed rule; extension of comment period)



Women of Trucking Advisory Board (WOTAB); Notice of Public Meeting -Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Notice of public meeting)