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2016 Pocket Guide to Transportation

Categories: Energy,Environment,Statistics,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/Pocket%20Guide%202016.pdf

A collection of statistics on the U.S. transportation system with major trends.  Covers freight, passenger, environment, safety, and efficiency topics.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics

 

Federal Railroad Administration Status Update on Positive Train Control Implementation

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

http://www.fra.dot.gov/Elib/Document/16634

Describes the importance of positive train control as a safety feature, the growing calls for implementing such a system over the past 40 years, and the current status of each railroad’s progress towards implementing a PTC system.

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/climate/documents/2016-08-ghg-hd-final-rule-phase2-preamble.pdf

Text of final regulation on GHG emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium to heavy duty engines and vehicles as prepared for publication in the Federal Register.  From the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

EPA and DOT Finalize Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

Categories: Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-dot-finalize-greenhouse-gas-and-fuel-efficiency-standards-heavy-duty-trucks-0

Agency press release on the approval of final regulations for limiting carbon pollution and improving fuel efficiency of medium and heavy duty vehicles.  The standards are said to provide $230 billion in net benefits to society.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

Finding that Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Aircraft Cause or Contribute to Air Pollution that May Reasonably be Anticipated to Endanger Public Health and Welfare

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/documents/aviation/aircraft-ghg-fr-2016-07-25.pdf

Text of the final rule which finds that elevated concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere endanger public health and welfare and that emissions from certain classes of aircraft engines are contributing to the pollution.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

EPA Determines that Aircraft Emissions Contribute to Climate Change Endangering Public Health and the Environment

Categories: Climate Change,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Science/Technology,Transportation

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-determines-aircraft-emissions-contribute-climate-change-endangering-public-health

Press release explaining the EPA determination that emissions from large commercial jets contribute to GHG pollution and climate change.  The next step will be to develop aircraft engine emission standards.  From the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

Draft Technical Assessment Report: Midterm Evaluation of Light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emission Standards and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Model Years 2022-2025

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Statistics,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/staticfiles/rulemaking/pdf/cafe/Draft-TAR-Final.pdf

1200+ page report on progress made toward achieving corporate average fuel economy (CAFÉ) and greenhouse gas emission standards established in 2012 legislation for cars and light trucks by 2025.  Provides first technical assessment of technologies available to meet these standards and differing compliance pathways.  Also includes a 13 page summary of the major points.  From the National  Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Transportation … Issue Draft Technical Assessment Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Economy Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Cars and Light Trucks

Categories: Climate Change,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Transportation

http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/nhtsa-CAFE-draft-TAR-07182016

Press release explaining the process of trying to upgrade fuel economy and emissions standards to reach a goal of 54.5 miles per gallon for the overall average for cars and light trucks by 2025.  From the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

 

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