Federal Actions to Reduce Energy Use in Transportation

August 02, 2011

Congressional work on transportation policy remains stalled out. Thankfully the Administration can take important steps -- in addition to boosting auto fuel economy standards -- towards a more oil-independent transportation sector. Specifically, the US Department of Transportation can take action under current SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Affordable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users) legislation. This report by NRDC and High Street Consulting recommends the following key strategies: shifting transportation costs from fixed to variable pricing; investing in more fuel-efficient forms of transportation such as bike lanes and public transit; and providing incentives for strategic land use development that minimizes household travel burdens. Find out more about what DOT can do to reduce traffic gridlock despite Congressional gridlock by reading the full report.