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Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation v. North Carolina Department of Transportation

The Fourth Circuit vacated for mootness a district court's grant of summary judgment in favor of conservation groups challenging the construction of a 22-mile toll road in Gaston County, North Carolina. The conservationists challenged...

Infrastructure Permit Streamlining Under the FAST Act

In December 2015, the U.S. Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, the first multi-year federal transportation bill enacted in a decade. Almost unnoticed among nearly 500...

Kingman Park Civic Ass'n v. Bowser

The D.C. Circuit upheld the dismissal of a community group's lawsuit challenging the construction of a streetcar storage and training facility and the installation of overhead wires along a 2.2-mile stretch of a new streetcar line in...

Conservation Alliance of St. Lucie County v. United States Department of Transportation

A district court dismissed environmental groups' lawsuit challenging the Federal Highway Administration's (FHwA's) approval of a bridge and highway project that will cross Florida's St. Lucie River, including portions of the St. Lucie...

Defenders of Wildlife v. North Carolina Department of Transportation

The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision that FHwA and North Carolina complied with NEPA in their approval of a bridge and highway improvement project between the mainland and the Outer Banks barrier islands, but reversed...

HonoluluTraffic.com v. Federal Transit Administration

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of activists' lawsuit challenging the construction of a 20-mile, high-speed rail project in Honolulu, Hawaii. The activists claimed that DOT, the Federal Transit Administration, and the city...

Neighbors for Smart Rail v. Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority

A California appellate court held that a local board's environmental impact report (EIR) for the construction of a light rail line connecting downtown Los Angeles with Santa Monica complies with the California Environmental Quality...

The Machine, the Garden, and the City: Toward an Access-Efficient Transportation Planning System

Editor's Summary: The recent reauthorization of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, the nation's primary transportation and funding planning statute, has caused some to question whether the Act fosters...

Airport Impact Relief, Inc. v. Wykle

The court holds that the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it approved revised plans for the construction of an airport highway without conducting a supplemental...

Park & River Alliance, Inc. v. Slater

The court holds that an environmental group's Department of Transportation Act §4(f) challenge to a proposed five-mile highway corridor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is time barred. Although a statement made in the district court's opinion...