“If a business wastes its resources on non-results, by and large it loses its own money. In a non-profit institution, though, it’s somebody else’s money – the donor’s money…So, this [performance measurement] is an area that needs special emphasis...continued→
Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.
I'm the Federal Transportation Policy Director for NRDC and have worked at the intersection of transportation, energy and environmental policy for 20 years. While here I have been chief strategist for advancing bipartisan oil savings legislation as well as renewal of the nation's transportation law (in 2005, and right now). Prior to my decade at NRDC I had the privilege of working, among other places, for the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club and Maryland's Department of Environment. I am a graduate of the University of Virginia who grew up as a foreign service kid in nations including Honduras, Panama and Niger.
While I disagree with most of the awful proposals about so-called “streamlining” of transportation project reviews from Congress, I’ve always said there are some good ideas for reducing project-delivery times. One is better long-range planning and scenario-building so community members...continued→
I am one of many longtime fans of Portland. I love the walkable streets of downtown, love the light rail that goes to the airport (PDX!), love the parks such the rose garden overlooking the city, and of course I...continued→
NRDC Communications Intern Adiel Kaplan knows how to use lots of new media effectively I just finished reading Steve Mouzon’s New Media for Designers and Builders, which was no mean feat since it spans nearly 200 pages and is rich...continued→
Thanks to increasingly powerful means of collecting and crunching “big data” and more and more technologies and techniques that allow for effective communication we could be heading into a golden age for citizen involvement with government. This is good news...continued→
As I've written, I'm proud of my home state of Maryland and its clear commitment to delivering transportation choices other than driving to its citizens, for the sake of quality of life and the environment. However, here as elsewhere I...continued→
“Hurricane Sandy was the worst disaster for public transit (e.g., bus, subway, commuter rail) in the nation’s history.” - Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy As my colleague Rob Moore wrote about this week, multiple Obama Administration agencies released the remarkably...continued→
My friend Robert Puentes has started a drumbeat on Twitter with the hashtag #CanDoStates about states moving ahead on transportation in contrast to a federal government stuck in partisan doldrums. I’m proud to say that my little home state of...continued→
Posted August 1, 2013 by Deron Lovaas
As I’ve written (here, here and here, for starters) it’s high time buses received more attention and investment in this country. Everyone loves to talk about other modes – especially bikes and trains – as the sine qua non for energy-efficient, livable...continued→
Word’s now out that the House of Representatives has pulled the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and other agencies bill from consideration. They couldn’t get the votes together for it, which is probably just as well since it was a...continued→
The President, Scott Wilson of the Washington Post reports today, will launch a series of speeches, using his “bully pulpit” to promote more economic opportunity for the middle class beginning on Wednesday at Knox College. His series of speeches supposedly...continued→
"Are we to be just a rubber stamp for the House [of Representatives]?" Maine Senator Susan Collins shot this terse query at her Republican colleagues on the Senate Appropriations Committee at the session reporting the FY 14 Transportation, Housing and...continued→
Ezra Klein reiterated his call for those of the deficit-hawkish bent to tackle infrastructure in a recent Passenger Transport newsletter. He makes the argument that those who claim we have a moral obligation not to pass the fiscal debt to future...continued→
An old boss of mine, a former 7-term Congressman from Pennsylvania, used to tell a joke: A woman from his district came to see him about a problem, specifically a loose dog that was roaming her neighborhood. He replied haughtily...continued→
Yesterday U.S. PIRG released their latest, best analysis of national vehicle-miles-of-travel (VMT) trendlines, reiterating the finding that absolute VMT peaked in 2004 while VMT per capita did so way back in 1996. PIRG advocates a “new direction” for transportation policy, and...continued→
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