OTF Newsletter

May 2020, Vol 31

A clean transportation system is the prescription my patients need Boston Globe/Boston, MA (opinion), May 25, 2020. Dr. Gaurab Basu: “One of the best prescriptions I could write for my patients is a clean, equitable, and sustainable transportation system. Transforming our dirty transportation system has long been an urgent public health issue. Air pollution has always made us sick; it increases the risk of heart attacks, childhood asthma exacerbations, strokes, and premature death."

The Transportation Climate Initiative, explained Greater Greater Washington/Washington, DC, May 21, 2020. Ethan Goffman: “'It’s time now to turn towards transportation,' said Chris Bast, Chief Deputy, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. 'The complete lack of action at the federal level means states and DC must come together to protect our future and our health,' said Lindsey Mendelson, Clean Transportation Representative at the Maryland Sierra Club."

Panelists talk COVID-19, air pollution and communities of color The MetroWest Daily News/Framingham, MA, May 28, 2020. Cesareo Contreras: “Muratore said there is much that can be done at local, state and federal level to address these issues, making specific mention of the Transportation and Climate Initiative - a coalition of 12 states, including Massachusetts, in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic that aims to reduce the use of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation industry by introducing more clean energy mandates and policies."  

Virginia well positioned for a future of clean-energy transportation The Virginian Pilot/Hampton Roads, VA (opinion), May 15, 2020. Ellie Reynolds: “Virginians can and have envisioned a better, carbon-free way to get around. Gov. Northam can make their vision a reality by committing to the Transportation and Climate Initiative this fall."

The solution to pollution is in our garages The Hour/Norwalk, CTMay 14, 2020. Morgan Folger: “It doesn’t have to be this way. We can help improve public health and reduce global warming pollution if we can put more zero-emission cars and trucks on the road. The technology is there to replace our dirty dangerous transportation system with clean, electric cars, trucks and buses powered by the sun and the wind.

Pollution and the pandemic are a deadly mix; it’s time to change that Connecticut Post/Fairfield, CT, May 6, 2020. Lauren Bailey: “COVID-19 has not only exposed the inequalities at the heart of our transportation policies, it has revealed the truth many of us suspected: a lot of those meetings could, in fact, be emails. In a time where telecommuting and working from home will likely long outlast formal quarantines, traffic is unlikely to bounce back to pre pandemic levels, meaning there will be less need for massive road-widening projects." 

Things to ponder during Asthma Awareness Month  Dorchester Reporter / Dorchester, MA (opinion), May 14, 2020. Ethan Evans and Veena Dharmaraj: “Vehicle electrification should be a key component of our clean transportation and public health strategy and a part of any federal COVID recovery plan. Our bus networks are the perfect starting point for accelerating our electrification efforts."

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Resources & Announcements

Telecommuting into Connecticut's Future Center for Latino Progress/Transport Hartford, May 12, 2020. Webinar: Telecommuting has the potential for reducing congestion and VMT post crisis, changing the state’s transportation planning toward infill and local complete street infrastructure, away from interstate expansion projects in the pipeline." 

The Road to Fleet Electrification Ceres, May 5, 2020. Report: "Eight ways utilities, regulators, and policymakers can enable fleet operators to electrify commercial transportation and reduce carbon emissions."


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