Policy innovations of the US intermodal surface transportation efficiency act and clear air act amendments

This paper considers how the CAAA and ISTEA combine to provide an innovative national policy approach of interest to countries seeking to encourage sustainable development in urban centers. The CAAA mandates measurable and enforceable air quality targets. Nation-wide standards are set for acceptable levels of carbon monoxide, ground level ozone, and small particulates. ISTEA includes directions for transportation planners and decision-makers to follow to reach air quality and other goals - transportation planning must emphasize system efficiency, and for cities with severe air pollution, transportation projects are expected to contribute to cleaner air. Each urban area has flexibility in how it applies this framework to reflect its priorities and solve its problems. Strict federal sanctions provide incentives for compliance with both laws.
Enactment of these laws has produced a period of transition and uncertainty as well as of challenge and opportunity for planners and elected officials. The next several years, the US will provide one national laboratory and over 100 different urban laboratories for innovative approaches to integrate transportation and environmental policies to resolve major urban problems.

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Clean air act amendments, Conformity, ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act), Intermodal, Multimodal, Transportation planning

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Language(s):English
AuthorsLyons, William M. (Volpe National Transportation Systems Center Research and Special Programs Admin, US Dept of Transportation, Cambridge, MA, USA)
Publisher:Kluwer Academic Publishers
Keywords:Clean air act amendments, Conformity, ISTEA (Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act), Intermodal, Multimodal, Transportation planning
Last update:1995