Reports on Transportation

The reports below represent a sample of Frontier Group’s work on Transportation. For more of our reports on this and related topics, please visit Full archive coming soon.

Cleaner Cars for PA: How the Zero-Emission Vehicle program would cut climate and air pollution in the Keystone State

Pennsylvania recently announced plans to join the Zero-Emission Vehicle program, which reduces transportation emissions by requiring automakers to deploy clean, emission-free vehicles. Transitioning to electric vehicles will improve air quality and public health while helping the commonwealth reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to meet its climate goals.

(May 2021)
Fix it First: Focus transportation infrastructure spending where it’s needed

America’s roads and bridges need repair, yet federal and state governments continue to pour billions of taxpayer dollars into unnecessary highway construction and expansion. Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG worked to create the following factsheet outlining the need for a “fix-it-first” approach that puts repair of existing infrastructure before new or expanded highways.

(April 2021)

By using a set of key tools to encourage EV adoption, local governments can help clean up the air in their communities and take meaningful action against global warming. The actions of leading EV communities around the state and around the country provide examples for other Texas communities to follow. This toolkit draws from their experiences and provides ideas for local governments on how to accelerate the deployment of electric transportation on our roads.

(April 2021)
Transform Transportation: Strategies for a Healthier Future

America’s transportation system is wrecking our health and the environment. To address the damage it causes, we need to completely transform the way we get around. This means ending our reliance on fossil fuel-powered cars and giving Americans new freedom to travel in ways that are clean, convenient and beneficial to our health and our communities. Transform Transportation describes steps we can take right now, using proven policies and existing technology, that can help us to do that.

(March 2021)
Highway Boondoggles 6: Big Projects. Bigger Price Tags. Limited Benefits.

Now is no time to fritter away scarce public resources on wasteful boondoggle projects. Yet across the country, state and local governments continue to move forward with tens of billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that do little to address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from much-needed infrastructure repairs and key, future-oriented transportation priorities. Highway Boondoggles 6 finds seven new budget-eating highway projects slated to cost a total of $26 billion that will harm communities and the environment, while likely failing to achieve meaningful transportation goals.

(December 2020)
Blueprint for America: An infrastructure plan to make our families and communities safer, healthier and more resilient

The transition to new leadership in Washington, D.C., creates the opportunity for the nation to turn the page in a new year -- not just to heal the wounds of 2020, but also to position the nation for a better future. Infrastructure investment is a key tool in that process of recovery and renewal. Blueprint for America proposes a transformative infrastructure plan for the United States, which would make us healthier and safer, prioritize infrastructure repair, avoid investing in infrastructure likely to become “stranded assets,” and get the most out of every dollar invested by using our infrastructure efficiently

(November 2020)
Auto Loan Complaints Rise: Pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying in CFPB data

Financing the purchase of a car is a minefield for consumers at even the best of times. Tricks and traps in the auto marketplace can leave consumers paying more for a car than they should, or worse, to being victimized by predatory and abusive practices. Auto Complaints Rise reviews complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and reveals key problems facing consumers purchasing or leasing vehicles - and finds that complaints have spiked since the beginning of the pandemic.

(October 2020)
Destination: Zero Carbon: Three Strategies to Transform Transportation in America
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In the U.S., transportation is climate enemy number one. America’s transportation system produces more greenhouse gas emissions than any other sector of our economy and, on its own, is responsible for 4 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – more than the entire economies of France and the United Kingdom combined. Destination: Zero Carbon describes the factors underlying America's high transportation emissions, and proposes three goals that can create a path to a clean, efficient, and sustainable transportation future.

(February 2020)
Electric Buses in America: Lessons from Cities Pioneering Clean Transportation

Electric buses deliver important health and environmental benefits. Early adopters, however, have had to overcome technological and economic hurdles. Case studies from six electric bus programs provide lessons that can help states, cities, towns and school districts deliver a cleaner, healthier future.

(October 2019)
Growing Greener: The Environmental Benefits of a Compact and Connected Boulder

Boulder, Colorado is an environmentally conscious city with a problem: The city's lack of housing has contributed to most of its workforce living in surrounding, sometimes sprawling communities. This forces thousands of people into long car commutes that exacerbate global warming and air pollution. By enabling compact development, Boulder can create neighborhoods where homes, jobs, and recreational opportunities co-exist. Doing so will enable residents to walk, bike and take transit to where they are going - helping Boulder bolster its environmental and climate leadership.

(August 2019)
Highway Boondoggles 5: Big Projects. Bigger Price Tags. Limited Benefits.

Year after year, state and local governments propose billions of dollars’ worth of new and expanded highways that often do little to reduce congestion or address real transportation challenges, while diverting scarce funding from infrastructure repairs and key transportation priorities. The fifth edition of Highway Boondoggles finds nine new budget-eating highway projects, slated to cost a total of $25 billion, that will harm communities and the environment while likely failing to achieve meaningful transportation goals.

(June 2019)
Blueprint for Tomorrow: Strengthening American Infrastructure for Healthier and More Sustainable Communities

Infrastructure is at the heart of America's greatest challenges. From ensuring safe drinking water for all Americans to addressing global warming, which threatens to change life as we know it, the nation's infrastructure policy is an opportunity to undertake the challenge of building a better world. As the national debate around infrastructure continues, federal decision makers should prioritize public health, the preservation of a livable climate, and the quality of life in our communities by focusing on five key areas - energy, water, solid waste, transportation and preserving our natural infrastructure.

(May 2019)
Ready to Charge: Five Ways California Can Improve Charging to Unleash the Power of Electric Cars

Electric vehicles are an important tool for combatting global warming, and in order for California to meet its ambitious climate goals, many more Californians will need to choose EVs over gasoline-powered cars. Unfortunately, the day-to-day experience of EV drivers seeking to charge their vehicles has a long way to go to match the ease and convenience of refueling a gasoline-powered car – especially when it comes to public charging. California needs to support and require the installation of charging stations that are easy to use. 

(April 2019)
Driving Into Debt: The Hidden Costs of Risky Auto Loans to Consumers and Our Communities

In much of America, owning a car is the price of admission to society. Owning a car is also expensive, and drives millions of households to take on debt. Americans currently owe more for their cars than ever before, leaving millions of Americans financially vulnerable – especially in the event of an economic downturn. The rise in auto debt since the Great Recession has implications not only for consumers who take out car loans, but for the economy and transportation system as a whole.

(February 2019)
The Road to Clean Transportation: A Bold, Broad Strategy to Cut Pollution and Reduce Carbon Emissions in the Midwest

By transforming our vehicles, rethinking the design of our cities and towns, maximizing the benefits of new technologies, and doubling down on proven strategies like public transit, the Midwest can ensure that the transportation system we pass on to our children is clean, resilient, equitable and accessible to all. 

(August 2018)