21st Century Transportation Updates

We need our buses and trains during public health emergencies

By | Ethan Evans
Electric Buses, Healthy Kids Campaign, Associate

Americans are staying home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and therefore public transportation ridership has plummeted. Transit agencies across the country are facing budget challenges and being forced to make tough decisions, including cutting back routes or shutting down service altogether. But essential workers -- like healthcare professionals, grocery store clerks, pharmacists, and others -- still need to get to work, and we’re depending on them to do so. For them, we need to keep our public transit systems running.

America on pause: Vehicle travel during COVID-19 and what comes next

By | Tony Dutzik
Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Driving is down across America during COVID-19, but the trends vary from state to state. Our new blog post reviews which states saw the fastest drops in traffic and what the future might hold.

We should close more streets to cars to keep people safe during COVID-19

By | Matt Casale
Director, Transform Transportation Campaign

Closing streets (or parts of streets) to non-necessary cars on some routes around grocery stores, pharmacies, hospitals and other essential locations can help make travel safer during a time of necessary physical distancing. It will also create safe passages for people to walk and bike, which may also help reduce crowding in parks and on trails, where people have been congregating in an attempt to get outside and get exercise during quarantine.

Call “time out” on highway boondoggles

By | Tony Dutzik
Associate Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Frontier Group

Given the recent steep drop in highway traffic, and associated lost gas tax revenues, some federal aid to state transportation agencies seems likely. But the emergency caused by COVID-19 should not lead us to rush to complete the build-out of highway projects that were bad ideas in the first place – much less fuel a new round of wasteful highway construction under the guise of “stimulus.”

Here’s what you do not have to do to save the planet

By | Ethan Evans
Electric Buses, Healthy Kids Campaign, Associate

How to tune out the noise and focus on what matters.

2019 in Review: The U.S. commits to clean public transit

By | Ethan Evans
Electric Buses, Healthy Kids Campaign, Associate

State transit agencies and school districts are leading the way.

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

New Jersey just took a massive step on clean transportation; more states should follow

New Jersey set a new benchmark today in addressing the nation’s number one source of global warming emissions: transportation. Gov. Phil Murphy signed a groundbreaking electric vehicle bill into law that offers a clear roadmap for state houses and governors nationwide to tackle climate change.

2020 resolution for America’s cities: drive less, live more

By | Matt Casale
Director, Transform Transportation Campaign

In 2019, Norway's capital city of Oslo experienced zero deaths on its roads. In 2020, American cities should resolve to take the steps to end roadway deaths as well. 

News Release | U.S. PIRG | Transportation

Statement: States should adopt strict limits on pollution in Transportation and Climate Initiative

Twelve states plus Washington, D.C. released new details today about a program to reduce global warming emissions from transportation. The Transportation and Climate Initiative will create an enforceable and mandatory limit on transportation pollution, and will generate funding that could be invested in cleaner alternatives. 

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