Transport, the Environment and Security

Transport, the Environment and Security

Making the Connection

Rae Zimmerman

From a primarily urban perspective, the author illustrates that the fields of transportation, environment (with an emphasis on climate change) and security (for both natural hazards and terrorism) and their interconnections remain robust areas for policy and planning. Synthesizing existing data, new analyses, and a rich set of case studies, the book uses transportation networks as a framework to explore transportation in conjunction with environment, security, and interdependencies with other infrastructure sectors. The US rail transit system, ecological corridors, cyber security, planning mechanisms and the effectiveness of technologies are among the topics explored in detail. Case studies of severe and potential impacts of natural hazards, accidents, and security breaches on transportation are presented. These cases support the analyses of the forces on transportation, land use and patterns of population change that connect, disconnect and reconnect people from their environment and security.

Chapter 5: Environmental Networks and Transport: Air, Water and Ecosystems

Rae Zimmerman

Subjects: business and management, management and sustainability, economics and finance, environmental economics, transport, environment, climate change, environmental economics, environmental management, transport, politics and public policy, public policy, terrorism and security, urban and regional studies, transport


INTRODUCTION The relationships between transportation and the environment have a very long history and have been the centerpiece of environmental legislation since at least the mid-twentieth century. Going far back in history, prior to motorized transport, the use of horse-drawn vehicles created sanitation conditions that dominated public health concerns (Melosi 2008) and motorized transport created its own set of environmental conflicts. The environmental review process assumed a central role in integrating transport and environment, since that was among its intended purposes, and is presented here first. Although security would potentially be incorporated into environmental review, it was not originally very pronounced, though since the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, it has been addressed to a greater extent. Following the environmental process for transport, a few selected environmental themes are presented for air, water and ecology, focusing on how they change and shape transport. Environmental Impact Assessment as an Integrator of Environment and Transport The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) passed in 1969 became the backbone for the review of the compatibility of transportation projects with the environment incorporating the mandates of the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental legislation. The NEPA process with a full disclosure mandate gradually became integrated and incorporated into mainstream environmental legislation. For many years transport projects, primarily road construction, dominated federal environmental impact statements (EISs) prepared under NEPA. State and local EISs or environmental review processes have also encompassed transport projects. By the late 1990s transportation projects still accounted for a...

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