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)

 

Environmental News Highlights – October 11, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Active Transportation Reshaping Communities -AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast



USDOT Equity Committee Working on Recommendations -AASHTO Journal



Senators Propose EV Fee for Highway Trust Fund -Transport Topics



USDOT Announces New Climate and Transportation Research Funding -USDOT (media release)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

NCDOT’s flood-warning system up for national award, $10K for charity -Port City Daily

Congestion Pricing: Current Status and Key Policy Choices -Regional Plan Association

In Santa Monica, Calif., officials will pay you not to drive your car -Los Angeles Times

Amtrak switching to fuel made from cooking oil for Pacific Surfliner service -KSWB-TV

MTA says New York’s mass transit is in dire need of climate resilience upgrades –Gothamist

The Quest for the Low-Budget Park –Bloomberg

AIR QUALITY

Texas sues EPA over emissions standards -Axios Texas

Virginia begins crafting new plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions -Virginia Mercury

How the Seattle Department of Transportation plans to reduce travel emissions -KING-TV

Proposed wildlife crossing in Southern Oregon seeks federal funding -Jefferson Public Radio

TxDOT urges drivers to be extra vigilant about protecting pedestrians -TxDOT (media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

US DOT Launches Awareness Campaign On Disabled Rights -Simply Flying

Iowa DOT changing restroom accessibility in state -WOI-TV

Potential for hazmat transport accidents higher in low income areas in Midwest -WYSO Radio

DEP Announces Public Comment Meetings Series for Interim Final PA Environmental Justice Policy -Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (media release)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Arizona DOT Hosts Highway Litter Cleanup Event -AASHTO Journal

They Dredged the Mississippi River for Trade. Now a Water Crisis Looms –CityLab

The costs of wildlife vehicle collisions in the West are astounding. These crossings could help -Deseret News

WYDOT to host ribbon cutting on Dry Piney wildlife crossing project -Oil City News

EPA Finalizes Cleanup Plan for Lehigh Valley Railroad Derailment Superfund Site in Genesee County, New York -EPA (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

US government agrees to help restore sacred Native American site destroyed for Oregon road project –AP

Seats are for butts not bags’: MTA’s cheeky message encourages subway ‘courtesy’ -WNBC-TV

Scenic Los Angeles Raises Concerns Over Metro’s Transportation Communication Network -City Watch

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Tampa Bay Area students skip the bus to pound the pavement on National Walk to School Day -WTVT-TV

Building a bike-friendly city -Smart Cities Dive

E-bike popularity is surging, creating regulatory challenges on U.S. roads -PBS News

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Collective and Individual Actions to Envision and Realize the Next Era of America’s Transportation Infrastructure: Phase 1 -AASHTO and NCHRP

Travel Time Reliability Reference GuideFHWA Office of Operations

Rebound effects undermine carbon footprint reduction potential of autonomous electric vehicles –Nature

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Request for Nominations for the Federal System Funding Alternative Advisory Board to the Federal Highway Administration -FHWA (Notice)

Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; New York; Emission Statement Program -EPA (Proposal rule)

Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) and Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) Meeting -EPA (Notice)

National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee; November 2023 Meetings -U.S. Coast Guard (Notice)

Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the December 2016 Record of Decision Entitled Glen Canyon Dam Long-Term Experimental and Management Plan -Bureau of Reclamation (Notice and request for comments)

Forest Service Proposed New Recreation Fee Sites -Forest Service (Notice)

Regional Meeting of the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico -Department of State (Notice)

Meeting of the Regional Energy Resource Council -Tennessee Valley Authority (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – October 4, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Buttigieg Reiterates USDOT Support for EVs at Hearing -AASHTO Journal

 

Several State DOTs Salute National Roundabouts Week -AASHTO Journal

Reconnecting Communities Summit Slated for October -AASHTO Journal

Gabe Klein, Executive Director, US Joint Office of Energy and Transportation: Moving Transportation Electrification Forward in the US -ITE Talks Transportation (podcast)

MapLab: The Secret History of GPS –Bloomberg

Environmental groups push to clamp down on coal dust from trains -Yahoo Finance

 

COVID-19

SEPTA CEO Leslie Richards on public transit, safety and how the pandemic altered travel -WPVI-TV’s Inside Story (video)

Not Just a Fad: Biking Activity Remains Strong Post-Pandemic -Government Technology

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

City of Phoenix has temporarily stopped installing Cool Pavement, here’s why -KTVK/KPHO-TV

New Minnesota task force to focus on infrastructure resiliency in face of more severe weather -WCCO-TV

MORPC wants to hear from public on sustainability and the environment –WSYX-TV

Streetlights Are Mysteriously Turning Purple. Here’s Why -Scientific American

New Mexico plans to expand electric vehicle infrastructure -KOB-TV

Sensor And Drone Technologies Help Maintain Minnesota’s Aging Bridge InfrastructureUniversity of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies

EV chargers will return to the Mass. Pike after months with no juice -Telegram & Gazette

EV Charging Is Coming to Truck Stops and Curbsides -Government Technology

 

AIR QUALITY

FAA Announces Nearly $300 Million for Projects to Reduce Carbon Pollution from Aviation as Part of Investing in America Agenda -FAA (media release)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Environmental justice’ rules may hurt Wyoming’s bid for federal support -Wyofile.com

USDOT Announces that United Airlines Will Implement Industry-Leading Improvements for Passengers Using Wheelchairs -USDOT (media release)

EPA and U.S. Senator Tom Carper Announce Historic Investments Advancing Environmental Justice for Underserved Communities -EPA (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Native Florida plants could be part of the solution to state’s flooding and water quality problems –WMFE

BLM welcomes public input on draft management plan for northwest California public lands -Ukiah Daily Journal

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Welcome to Route 20: America’s longest road stretches from Boston to Oregon –WBUR

Truck Stops Upgrade to Recharge Electric Vehicles (and Their Drivers) -New York Times

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

TxDOT launches pedestrian safety campaign for month of October -Fort Bend Herald

Bikeshare Pittsburgh To Add New, Adaptive Bicycles Around City -KDKA-TV

US Bike Trips Have Soared Since 2019CityLab

Pedesting app aims to open Calgary to people with mobility challenges -LiveWire Calgary

City of Rochester, NY on new ‘Active Transportation Plan’ -WROC-TV

UNLV to Launch Tourist Safety Institute Within Greenspun College of Urban Affairs -UNLV (media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Pop-Up Power – Research and Practice on Quick-Build Bike Facilities –TRB

TRB Webinar: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety in BRT and High-Priority Bus Corridors –TRB

TRB Minority Student Fellows Program Strengthens the Transportation Community –TRB

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Proposed Second Renewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assigning Certain Federal Environmental Responsibilities to the State of Arizona, Including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Authority for Certain Categorical Exclusions (CEs) -FHWA (Notice of proposed MOU, request for comments)

Designation of Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary; Delay of Effectiveness -NOAA (Final rule; delay of effectiveness)

Petroleum-Equivalent Fuel Economy Calculation -DOE (Notification of ex parte communication; request for comment)

Air Plan Approval; Washington; Southwest Clean Air Agency; Emission Standards and Controls for Sources Emitting Gasoline Vapors -EPA (Final rule)

Air Plan Approval; Washington; Southwest Clean Air Agency, General Air Quality Regulations -EPA (Final rule)

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Review Document for Amended Arrival Routes at Los Angeles International Airport -FAA (Public comment period for the FAA’s draft environmental review document)

Restoring Healthy and Abundant Salmon, Steelhead, and Other Native Fish Populations in the Columbia River Basin -White House (Administrative Order)

Public Meeting of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Advisory Council -Bureau of Reclamation (Notice of public meeting)

 

Environmental News Highlights – September 27, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Administration Announces New Actions to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Combat the Climate Crisis -White House (fact sheet)



PHMSA Invests Nearly $15 Million to Improve Pipeline Safety -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (media release)

 

COVID-19

Transit Agencies Rethink Schedules for Fewer CommutersGoverning

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

San Francisco considers lifting the Ferry Building by 7 feet to save it from the sea -NPR/WNYC

Can more canal trails connect Utah’s transportation and water needs? –KSL

Miami-Dade again floats using its waters to curb traffic -Florida Politics


Mississippi DOT Promotes National Roundabouts Week 2023
-Mississippi DOT (media release)

New infrastructure strategy meets climate change head-on -Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (media release)

 

AIR QUALITY

EPA approval for Denver smog-reduction plan partially tossed by US appeals court –Reuters

Wildfires are destroying decades of clean air efforts in the U.S. -NBC News

Sustainable aviation fuel: agriculture’s ticket to redemption? -S&P Global

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Chicago takes on new approach to fight pollution problems, focusing on environmental justice -WLS-TV

To Achieve Justice and Climate Outcomes, Fund These Transit Capital Projects –TransitCenter

Pa.’s expanded environmental justice policy goes into effect this month –WHYY

Chesapeake Bay Trust establishes $17M environmental justice participatory fund -Maryland Daily Record

Four Decades of Work on Environmental Justice at Duke -Duke University (media release)

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Florida looks to increase number of wetland mitigation banks, credits available to developers -Florida Politics

Missouri farmers face soaring harvest transportation costs amid drought and low Mississippi River levels -KRCG-TV

MARTA Railcars Head For Atlantic Ocean As Part Of Department Of Natural Resources Reef Project -MARTA (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Disneyland’s renovation plan gets environmental review -Los Angeles Times

Secrets of the World’s Coolest Bike Tunnel –CityLab

FHWA, National Park Service Celebrate Completion of Roadway Safety Improvements Along Natchez Trace Parkway -FHWA (media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Bozeman City Commission finalizes Parks, Recreation and Active Transportation plan -KECI-TV

Transportation safety advocates want SF to ban turns on red -Axios San Francisco

Complaints continue to mount as Austin finds itself unable to regulate driverless rideshares -KEYE-TV

To Help Cyclists, and the Environment, This Tool Looks for Crashes -New York Times

Houston could have two bike share programs soon -Axios Houston

Union County, NJ to receive One Million Dollars for NY Connects to Union County NJ East Coast Greenway Bikeway Project -Union County, NJ (media release)

George Washington Bridge upgrades improve pedestrian, cyclist accessibility -North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRB Webinar: Maximizing the Power of the Research in Progress (RIP) Database –TRB

Airfield Turf and Vegetation Management Practices –ACRP

E-Scooter Safety: Issues and Solutions -Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

Homelessness: A Guide for Public Transportation –TCRP

Postwar Commercial Properties and Section 106: A Methodology for Evaluating Historic Significances –NCHRP

Postwar Commercial Properties and Section 106: Piloting the Methodology for Evaluating Historic Significance –NCHRP

Telecommuting, Remote Work, and Hybrid Schedules: Managing the Shift to a Flexible Work Future –NCHRP

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Adoption of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Categorical Exclusion Under the National Environmental Policy Act -Office of the Secretary, USDOT (Notice)

Interstate System Access -FHWA (Notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments)

Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program; Florida DOT Audit #4 Report -FHWA (Notice)

Notice of Availability of Programmatic Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Transit Projects; Request for Comments -FTA (Notice)

Safety Advisory 23–1 Bus-to-Person Collisions -FTA (Notice of Safety Advisory)

Railroad Safety Advisory Committee; Notice of MeetingFRA (Notice)

Spring Valley II Solar Project -Tennessee Valley Authority (Notice of intent)

Advisory Committee on Landslides; Request for Nominations -U.S. Geological Survey (Notice)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; October 17, 2023 Virtual Meeting -U.S. Coast Guard (Notice)

Hazardous Materials: Modernizing Regulations To Improve Safety and Efficiency; Extension of Comment Period -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; Extension of comment period)

Environmental News Highlights – September 20, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Top 12 Finalists Compete for Coveted America’s Transportation Awards -AASHTO Journal

EPW Hearing: Impact of Heat on Transportation Infrastructure -AASHTO Journal


Biden’s Rules on Clean Transportation Face a Crucial Test -Transport Topics

White House Releases New Technical Assistance Resources to Help Communities Unlock Opportunities from President Biden’s Investing in America AgendaWhite House (Fact Sheet)

COVID-19

Rush hour-and-a-half: Traffic is spreading out post-lockdownPLOS One

NEPA

A Summer of Reform for the National Environmental Policy Act -National Law Review (analysis)

Using NEPA Review To Define And Shape Better Projects -Volpe Center (Webinar)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

FHWA Makes $100M Available for EV Charger Repairs -AASHTO Journal


Environmental Product Declarations Help Create Sustainable Highways -FHWA Innovator

Washington State needs 3 million more EV charging ports to meet state goal -The Center Square



New Interactive Dashboard Shows Cities Are Rebuilding America Using Federal Infrastructure Funds -National League of Cities

ATA Leader Chris Spear Presses Congress for AV Framework -Transport Topics

When Mobility Needs Are Like Snowflakes: TTI’s outposts focus on singular urban challenges -Thinking Transportation (podcast)

AIR QUALITY

Port of Long Beach meets clean air goals, study finds -City News Service

Front Range makes progress in air quality -Longmont Leader


The Trucking Industry Tackles Carbon Tracking -Transport Topics

USDA to Invest $400,000 to Adjust GHG Emissions Model for Corn-Based Ethanol Aviation Fuel Subsidies –Reuters

 

Sacramento is installing bike lanes to help meet California climate goals. Here’s how it works -Sacramento Bee

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

ETAP Podcast Delves into ReConnect Rondo -AASHTO Journal

Infrastructure Funding May Yield More Than Just EV Charging -Government Technology



Cruise unveils first wheelchair accessible robotaxi at SF HQ -San Francisco Examiner

NATURAL RESOURCES

New York State report finds road salt creates damage to water systems in Adirondacks -Daily Gazette

 

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Maryland governor announces $25.5 million for bicycle, pedestrian projects across state -Maryland DOT (press release)

Motorized Scooters Are Taking Over New York City’s Bike Lanes –Outside

Seattle testing electric sweeper for bike lanes as part of city’s move toward zero-emission fleet –GeekWire

The infrastructure of community -Public Square

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Resilience Research Becoming a Bigger Part of Transportation Planning –TRB

Airport Programs That Reduce Landside Vehicle Carbon Emissions –ACRP

E-Scooter Safety Toolbox –BTSCRP

Enhancing Wheelchair Accessibility on Commercial Service Aircraft -TRB (webinar)

Creating Infrastructure for Efficient Multi-Modal Transportation Networks -Association for Commuter Transportation (webinar)

Ridesharing Institute Conversation Sept 2023: the CTC and the FHWA/USDOT -Ridesharing Institute (link to webinar registration)

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Airport Terminal Program; FY 2024 Funding Opportunity -FAA (Notice)



Notice of Withdrawal of the Record of Decision for the LaGuardia Airport Access Improvement Project –FAA (Notice)

Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program; Alaska Department of Transportation Fourth Audit Report -FHWA (Notice)

Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program; Arizona Department of Transportation FHWA Audit ReportFHWA (Notice)

Surface Transportation Project Delivery Program; Utah Department of Transportation Audit ReportFHWA (Notice)

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

National Bridge Inspection Program Compliance Review Manual -FHWA (Notice; request for comments)

National Towing Safety Advisory Committee; September 2023 Meetings -U.S. Coast Guard (Committee meeting)

Notice of Realty Action: Classification for Lease and/or Conveyance for Recreation and Public Purposes of Public Lands in Teton County, Wyoming -Bureau of Land Management (Notice of realty action)

National Wildlife Refuge System Planning Policies (602 FW 1–4) for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service –U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Proposed policy updates; request for comment)

Environmental News Highlights – September 13, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Eno Center for Transportation Urges USDOT to Begin National VMT Fee Pilot -Transport Topics

EPA delays new air quality standards for ozone pollution until after 2024 election -The Guardian



EPA agrees to protect waterways from harmful ship discharges -Courthouse News Service

Reps. Carey, Blumenauer seek guidance on historic preservation easements -Financial Regulation News



Midwest grain harvests loom. Will a low Mississippi River stall farmers’ deliveries again? -USA Today



Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Grants –NOAA

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Caltrans Funding Sustainable Transportation Projects -AASHTO Journal

Ohio governor announces $100 million to help eliminate dangerous railroad crossings -Plain Dealer

Geology faculty to partner with Kansas Department of Transportation -Kansas State Collegian

New York City’s Battle Against Congestion Begins at the Curb –CityLab

Southern California counties could power 270,000 homes by installing solar panels along highways: report -The Hill

ASU Research Team Partners with EPA to Study Electrified Transit Emissions -State Press

Street layout and available destinations influences urban walking behavior -Medical Xpress

 

AIR QUALITY

State Climate Commission helps lead the way on clean transportation choices for HawaiʻiMaui Now

‘How’s the air?’ Using AI to track coal train dust -Route Fifty

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

More small airports are being cut off from the air travel network. This is why -NPR’s Morning Edition

Residents of historic Baltimore neighborhoods call for equity in transportation planning and a moratorium on bike lanes -Afro News

Taking the highway to right wrongs of the past in urban areas -The Center for Public Integrity

How 2 big US transit agencies approach equity -Smart Cities Dive

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Can We Make Highways, Roadways Less Lethal For Wildlife? –CityLab

U.S. EPA launches massive effort to clear hazardous materials from wildfire-impacted properties -KITV-TV

CULTURAL RESOURCES

MoDOT demolishes historic I-70 Rocheport Bridge over the Missouri RiverKMBC-TV

New bullet trains misfire on old U.S. railroad tracks -E&E Climate News

A debate over historic preservation – and what deserves to be saved –Fronteras

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Using Bus Rapid Transit to Maximize Miami Mobility – Engineering News-Record

Electrifying Transit: Best practices and innovative technology for bus electrification success -Mass Transit (webinar)



Rubberized sidewalks popping up in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood -WDAF-TV

E-bikes now allowed on 850 miles of East Bay park trails -The Oaklandside

Portland, Oregon cyclists demand change as traffic deaths rise to 46 -KGW-TV

Beverly Hills closes gaps in bicycle infrastructure -Beverly Press

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Highway and Street Design Vehicles: An Update –NCHRP

Impacts of COVID-19 on Airport Work Models and Strategies –ACRP

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Official Trail Markers for El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, and the Old Spanish National Historic Trail -National Park Service (Notice of designation)

National Priorities List -EPA (Final rule)

National Advisory Council; Meeting -FEMA (Notice of open Federal advisory committee meeting)

Pipeline Safety: Safety of Gas Distribution Pipelines and Other Pipeline Safety Initiatives -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice of proposed rulemaking)



Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Action for the Development of an Updated Facility for the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin -U.S. Geological Survey (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – September 6, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

Biden admin limits water protections after Supreme Court ruling –Reuters

Growth in the Number of Vehicles in the U.S. Outpaced Growth in Population and Licensed Drivers from 1960 to 2021 -USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

How a South Carolina faith leader and a California congressman are fighting for environmental justice -The Hill (opinion)

How the Clean Air Act paves the road to expanding electric vehicle chargers -The Hill (opinion)

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Taking Sidewalks Seriously –Governing

Airport Infrastructure: Selected Airports’ Efforts to Enhance Electrical Resilience –GAO

New gates set to help traffic control on weekend nights in Downtown Albuquerque -KRQE-TV

Registration surcharge coming for owners of electric vehicles, hybrids in NH -WMUR-TV

The Kingdom of Golf Carts – CityLab

AIR QUALITY

Burning tires and bridges: US residents ‘shocked’ by firm’s bitcoin-mining plan -The Guardian



AI And Mobility Data May Improve Air Pollution Exposure Models -Penn State University

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

WisDOT wants public feedback to make state roads more accessible -WMTV-TV

California will invest $750M to add housing, clean transportation in ‘jobs-rich’ areas -KTLA-TV

PA governor expands Environmental Justice protections -The Bradford Era

Advancing Net-Zero Goals to Achieve Environmental Justice -Natural Resources & Environment

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

Bees and Butterflies in Roadside Habitats: Identifying Patterns, Protecting Monarchs, and Informing Management -Idaho Transportation Department (pdf)

 

Michigan’s innovative mobility solution for national parks -Rapid Growth

The USGS Invests $1.5M in Local Partnerships to Improve Urban WaterwaysUSGS (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Funds for graffiti removal exhausted, Oregon DOT says -KPTV-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Want Your Kid To Do Better In School? Bike Or Walk There –Fatherly

New bike trail in New Castle County, Delaware funded with federal infrastructure dollars –WHYY

Cohas Brook Trestle work complete, will open to pedestrians on Granite State Rail Trail later this year -WMUR-TV

Transit permits for Chicago seniors and people with disabilities drop sharply -Chicago Tribune

Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are an increasingly common pediatric public health problem -Surgery Open Science



MU researchers study barriers and facilitators to accessing health care in rural Missouri -University of Missouri

The making of the longest rail trail in New England: the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail -Burlington Free Press

Some US airports strive to make flying more inclusive for those with dementia –AP

NJTPA Releases Active Transportation Plan -North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (media release)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Integrating Freight Movement into Twenty-First-Century Communities’ Land Use, Design, and Transportation Systems –NCHRP

Can You See Me? Testing Pedestrian and Bicycle Conspicuity Assumptions -TRB (webinar)

Improving MPO and SHSO Coordination on Behavioral Traffic Safety: Guide and Toolkit -Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

Embedding Equity in Project Delivery -USDOT Volpe Center (webinar)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Hazardous Materials: Suspension of HMR Amendments Authorizing Transportation of Liquefied Natural Gas by Rail -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Final rule)

Local Government Advisory Committee: Request for Nominations -EPA (Notice of request for Nominations)

U.S. Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee; Notice of Public Meeting -Maritime Administration (Notice)

 

Environmental News Highlights – August 30, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

USDOT Hosting Four-Part Pedestrian Webinar -AASHTO Journal

FHWA Issues $196M to Support Fish Passage Projects -AASHTO Journal

Half the nation’s wetlands just lost federal protection. Their fate is up to states. -The Oregon Capital Chronicle

Federal court pauses Uinta crude-by-rail line construction -Progressive Railroading

Biden’s infrastructure building boom is missing one thing: Workers -NBC News

 

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Using future, not just historical data projections could make state, local infrastructure designs more resilient -Route Fifty

The Importance of Hydrogen in a Sustainable Energy Economy -The Good Men Project

NYC Congestion Pricing Board Tackles Tough Job of Deciding Who’ll Be Exempt –CityLab

Delaware County, PA confronts climate crisis with its 1st-ever sustainability plan -WHYY Radio

Austin transit experts detail changes to come in land use, urban density -KXAN-TV

AIR QUALITY

Is nuclear energy the answer to a sustainable future? Experts are divided –CNBC

EPA Cracks Down on Companies for Selling Illegal Auto Parts that Avoid Pollution ControlsEPA (media release)

HDOT installing dust screens around Lāhainā Town -Hawai’i Department of Transportation (media release)

EPA Joins Minnesota Leaders to Highlight Climate Pollution Reduction Grants -EPA (media release)

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Colorado air regulators sued over environmental justice rules -Denver Post

Electric cars face ‘punitive’ fees, new restrictions in many states –Politico

 

University of Minnesota launches environmental justice center to help underserved communities -Sahan Journal

Indigenous Environmental and Climate Justice Series: Indigenous Climate Action -Urban Land Institute

Maximizing Equity in Managed Lane Planning -Minnesota Department of Transportation (blog)

Is Environmental Justice at a Crossroads? Three Issues to Watch in Fall 2023 -National Law Review

 

NATURAL RESOURCES

A need for green: Cities look to trees to improve health, climate justice -Route Fifty

Goats employed by Enbridge to help control invasive species –CKPGToday

CT, RI wind farm gets federal decision on environmental plan -CT Insider

US Army Corps of Engineers Conducts Vegetation Management to Protect Piping Plovers and Control Invasive Species -The 1014

CULTURAL RESOURCES

New Goals for Carbon Neutrality Inform Choice for Olympics Locations –PEW

Environmentalists say inland port site threatens Great Salt Lake -KSTU-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

How Bad Has Ride-Hailing Been for Cities? –CityLab

Vermont Transportation Agency awards $4M in bike and pedestrian path grants -WCAX-TV


Why Can’t You Bike Over the Bay Bridge Into Downtown San Francisco? -The San Francisco Standard

Houston Metro working on solar-powered fans at bus stops, with plans to install 50 prototypes -Houston Chronicle

Cambridge, Massachusetts, legalizes sidewalk electric vehicle charging -WCVB-TV

Charlotte becoming friendlier to pedestrians –QnotesCarolinas

FDOT officials educate University of Florida students to set a different pace for pedestrian safety -WCJB-TV

New safety features at Harlingen bike trails -KVEO-TV

Denver’s top noise contributor is its airports, study finds -Axios Denver

Last Safe Streets Road Show of season welcomes Spanish-speaking Milwaukeeans -WTMJ-TV

KDOT to host Active Transportation Summit in McPherson Sept. 20 to 22 -Kansas DOT (media release)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Availability of Data on Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances to Existing Electricity Generating Units -EPA (Notice of data availability)

Good Neighbor Environmental Board -EPA (Notice of meeting)

National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee; May 2023 Meetings -Coast Guard (Notice of availability of recommendations and request for comments)

Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030–2035; Correction -NHTSA (Notice of proposed rulemaking; Correction)

Public Hearing for Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027–2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030–2035 -NHTSA (Notice of public hearing)

Proposed National Guidance for Industry on Responding to Munitions and Explosives of Concern in U.S. Federal Waters -U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Consolidated Port Approaches Port Access Route Studies (CPAPARS) Final Notice -Coast Guard (Notification)