In 1972, the Clean Water Act was passed. Since then, its tools have been used to make important improvements to water quality at these 15 American waterways, among others.

Frontier Group's September update highlights wasteful highway projects across the country, suggests better ways for Wisconsin to spend its transportation money, exposes U.S. coal-fired power plants as a major global source of pollution that harms the climate, and more.

Young adults continue to move to cities in numbers similar to those of recent decades; the difference now is they aren't leaving.

There’s a lot we don’t yet know about the reasons for the decline in driving among Millennials (and Gen X’ers) and whether it will last. But our new report argues that we know enough for policy-makers to start factoring recent trends into how we set our transportation priorities.

Our Highway Boondoggles report, released September 18, has generated quite a bit of discussion, on a broad spectrum from love to hate, for the projects we critiqued.

The U.S. has 35 years to build a transportation system in which the average American drives as much as the average German or Brit does today. How do we get there?

With news headlines reminding us that global warming is here and already having an impact on the environment and public health, Frontier Group's new report with Environment America Research and Policy Center documents how pollution from American power plants is playing a disproportionate role in fueling the changes to our climate. With U.S. power generation responsible for a large share of global greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening and implementing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed Clean Power Plan is perhaps the most significant single action the United States can take to become a world leader in tackling global warming.

Transit commuting increased while car commuting - especially in carpools - continued a slow decline.

The Trinity Parkway is just one of many proposals for massive highway construction or expansion that defy logic and common-sense and threaten to sap resources that could be used for other urgent transportation priorities. Our new report, Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future, highlights 11 examples – including Dallas’s Trinity Parkway – where officials should reevaluate the needs and costs of major highway construction projects in light of current data and modern public priorities. If projects that once appeared necessary are no longer needed, they should be canceled or delayed.

A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences drew widespread media attention and headlines announcing that faulty well structures—not fracking—are to blame for polluted drinking water. That's taking a narrow view of the problem. The only reason these wells exist is to allow fracking. And there's no evidence that the oil and gas industry is able to consistently build wells that don't leak.

The thing that is striking about the transportation funding crisis is that for as bad as the situation seems at the surface, it is way, way worse upon closer scrutiny.

Boston's MBTA recently opened its first new transit stop in 27 years, responding to local demand for more transportation options and spurring billions of dollars of transit-oriented, mixed-use development in the vicinity.

With driving lower than in the past – it peaked a decade ago in Wisconsin and nationwide – and transit ridership, bicycling and walking on the rise – Frontier Group’s latest report, Fork in the Road: Will Wisconsin Waste Money on Unneeded Highway Expansion or Invest in 21st Century Transportation Priorities?, calls on policymakers to reexamine their long-held assumptions that traffic will rise indefinitely, and to reallocate transportation funding according to the current reality.

In April, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in the McCutcheon v. FEC case that abolished aggregate limits on contributions to federal campaigns. No longer are wealthy donors limited to giving a combined total of $123,200 to all federal candidates, parties and PACs. Instead, they can give up to the individual contribution limit to as many candidates or committees as they like. A new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that major donors have already increased their campaign contributions, giving nearly $12 million more than would have been allowed before the court’s decision.

Frontier Group's August Update includes news on the states that are leading the nation in solar energy, new evidence of growing child poverty in America's suburbs, and the FDA guidelines that are supposed to slash antibiotics use on factory farms, but won't.

A new report from the Environmental Integrity Project provides further confirmation of both the hazards of fracking for oil and gas and how little the public is allowed to know about it.

The Food and Drug Administration recently issued new guidelines to pharmaceutical companies, asking them to end the labeling and sale of antibiotics for promoting the growth of livestock and thereby slow the spread of antibiotic resistance. Our new report, Weak Medicine: Why the FDA's Guidelines Are Inadequate to Curb Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health, explains why the FDA’s action is unlikely to significantly reduce the problem of antibiotic resistance and its threat to public health.

We count on transportation planners and policy-makers to shape investments in infrastructure that are designed to last 40 years or more. With transportation funding running short, we can no longer afford to make those decisions based on outdated assumptions and models.

Bikesharing is a key part of a “full balanced breakfast” of transportation and land-use actions – including vehicle sharing, transit, walkable land-use patterns and many more – that can enable vastly more Americans to live lifestyles that are car-light or car-free.

Since 2004, the South Atlantic region saw the largest decrease in VMT per capita, declining 8 percent relative to 2004.  The West saw the second largest decrease in VMT per capita at 7.7 percent, followed by the Northeast at 7.4 percent, the South Gulf at 5.6 percent, and finally the North Central at 4.3 percent.


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