About Rhode Island

The Resilient Rhode Island Act calls for greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 45 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. Because the transportation sector accounts for the largest share of these emissions, Rhode Island must act urgently to reduce pollution from passenger, commercial, and public transportation fleets. Rhode Island is using much of its $14.4 million share of Volkswagen settlement funds to begin to electrify its public buses. A regional market-based solution under the Transportation and Climate Initiative could help Rhode Island raise over $600 million through 2030 for a variety of clean transportation investments, including vehicle electrification, improved commuter rail, cleaner port operations, and expanded pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure to connect more people to employment, recreation, and basic services in their communities.