Tagged with Public Transportation

Fixing the Foul Play: Mitigating the Environmental and Public Health Damage Caused by the Volkswagen Emissions Scandal

Center for American Progress / by By Greg Dotson, Alison Cassady, Myriam Alexander-Kearns http://ampr.gs/1ZJ9AEV [Politico’s Morning Energy — email] The Center for American Progress is out today with a new report today recommending that EPA and DOJ make Volkswagen pay in multiple ways for its tricky, emissions-test-deceiving diesel vehicles. The report outlines the potential downsides … Continue reading

Advanced Clean Transit Proposal for May 2015 Workshops [Discussion Document]

California Air Resources Board http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/bus/actdiscussiondocument.pdf [Green Car Congress] The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has posted a discussion document for upcoming workshops on the development of the Advanced Clean Transit (ACT) regulation. The proposed Advanced Clean Transit regulation will consider strategies to achieve additional criteria pollutant emissions reductions from transit fleets and to accelerate purchases … Continue reading

A Global High Shift Scenario: Impacts And Potential For More Public Transport, Walking, And Cycling With Lower Car Use

Univ. of California Davis | Institute for Transportation and Development Policy / by Michael A. Replogle and Lewis M. Fulton https://www.itdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/A-Global-High-Shift-Scenario_WEB.pdf [Yale Environment 360]  Expanding public transportation and infrastructure that promotes walking and biking throughout the world’s cities could save $100 trillion and cut transportation-related carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2050, according to an … Continue reading

Carbon Price Efficiency: Lock-in and Path Dependence in Urban Forms and Transport Infrastructure

World Bank / by Paolo Avner, Jun Rentschler, and Stéphane Hallegatte http://bit.ly/1pUbiQe This paper investigates the effect of carbon or gasoline taxes on commuting-related CO2 emissions in an urban context. To assess the impact of public transport on the efficiency of the tax, the paper investigates two exogenous scenarios using a dynamic urban model (NEDUM-2D) … Continue reading

A Tale of Renewed Cities: a Policy Guide on How to Transform Cities by Improving Energy Efficiency in Urban Transport Systems

International Energy Agency http://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/Renewed_Cities_WEB.pdf [Business Green] The global economy could save up to $70tr over the next 40 years by revamping urban transport networks to reduce congestion, enhance fuel efficiency, and promote public transport, cycling and walking. That is the conclusion of a major new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), entitled A Tale … Continue reading

Impacts of the Recession on Public Transportation Agencies: 2011 Update

American Public Transportation Association http://bit.ly/qbvjpU [From Executive Summary]  The survey found: 71 percent of public transportation agencies saw flat or decreased local funding, and 83 percent saw flat or decreased state funding. Capital budgets are also at risk, with 85 percent of agencies reporting flat or decreased capital funding. Nearly eight in ten transit agencies … Continue reading

Takings Issue Raised by Draft Discussion of Amtrak Bill

Congressional Research Service CRS-Amtrak (CRS memorandum attached) [From an article in The Hill by Keith Laing] The Congressional Research Service said this week that the House Republican plan to privatizing rail service currently provided by Amtrak would violate the Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution. Looking into the proposal at the behest of Democrats on … Continue reading

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America

Brookings Institution / by Adie Tomer, Elizabeth Kneebone, Robert Puentes, and Alan Berube http://www.brookings.edu/reports/2011/0512_jobs_and_transit Against the backdrop of rising gas prices, growing suburban poverty, and continued sprawl, how well do transit systems in the 100 largest metropolitan areas connect people to jobs? A new report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings reveals tremendous variation … Continue reading