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MARAD Releases Total Fuel Cycle Study for Natural Gas. The Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently released a study that evaluates total fuel cycle emissions for natural gas versus conventional marine fuels. This study was conducted as a part of MARAD’s Maritime Environmental & Technology Assistance program, which focuses efforts on emerging marine transportation and environmental issues.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx Announces $1.28 Billion Loan for Phase Two Silver Line to Dulles

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced the closing of a $1.28 billion Transportation Infrastructure Financial Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) for construction of Phase Two of the Metrorail Silver Line extension.  

Adapting to Climate Change

What is Climate Change?

The Earth's climate is predicted to change over time, in part because human activities are altering the chemical composition of the atmosphere through the buildup of greenhouse gases - primarily carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide. The heat-trapping property of these gases is undisputed. Although uncertainty exists about exactly how the earth's climate responds to these gases, global temperatures are rising.

Dallas’ New Airport Station Joins the Longest Light Rail System in the U.S.

Yesterday, a new light rail station opened at Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, making it easier for residents, commuters, and visitors to move between the airport and downtown. That’ll make North Texas more attractive and more competitive as an international destination for businesses and tourists and help the area build on the success of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) light rail. 

Earlier this year, the University of North Texas released a study that only confirms what many local have seen for themselves: in the last decade alone, the $4.7 billion that local, state, and federal partners have invested in expanding DART Rail has returned $7.4 billion in economic activity, created tens of thousands of local jobs, and supported over $3 billion in salaries, wages, and benefits.

Climate Change Adaption

Climate variability and change pose threats to U.S. transportation systems and DOT’s own facilities and operations. The range of impacts from these threats may include roadway deterioration, flooding, limited waterway access, and weakened structures. Mitigating transportation contributions to greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate impacts are equally important to address and the Department is engaged in a wide variety of activities.

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