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OTF News Releases

Coalition: Transportation Emissions and Mobility (Team) Community Act Will Cut Pollution, Invest in Transit and Infrastructure

UPDATE: ‘TEAM’ Community Act Passed by Full Senate (28-7); Business and Stakeholder Groups Remain Encouraged as Rhode Island Looks to Join Regional Transportation & Climate Initiative Program

Coallition: Despite Delay in Connecticut General Assembly, the TCI Program is Progressing in Eastern States

The Transportation & Climate Initiative Program Will Save Lives, Improve Air Quality While Providing Critical Funding for States’ Transportation Systems

Coalition: Eastern States and D.C. Pass Major Milestone, Move Into Implementation Phase of TCI Program to Modernize Transportation

Equity, Health, and Climate Goals Are Central to TCI-P Finished Model Rule and Draft Framework for Public Engagement Released Today

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OTF Voices

The Most Important Piece of Legislation You Have Never Heard Of

Dear elected leaders,

By way of introduction, I am the CEO of a Connecticut-based business that manufacturers commercial grade chargers for electric vehicles (EV’s).  We are the only company whose chargers are Made in America.  And we make them here in Connecticut (Oxford). 

Opinion: State must lead way in taking on carbon emissions

Connecticut Post, Norwalk, Connecticut

By Elsa Nuñez

As the president of a public university, I have great admiration for the courage and tenacity of young people. The global movement against climate change is a clear example, in which millions of youth — and thousands across Connecticut -- are demanding that my generation take urgent action to tackle the climate crisis. Young people know this crisis is solvable, and they are confident that by working together they can influence the actions of government and corporate decision-makers.

Opinion: Like COVID-19, air pollution is devastating to communities of color; cleaner air can help fix health disparities

Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut

By Dr. Mark A. Mitchell

During the early days of the pandemic, we all got a glimpse of what life would be like in Connecticut without gasoline and diesel cars and trucks crowding our streets and highways, emitting smog and harmful air pollution. Our air was clearer, we could breathe a bit easier, and it was never a problem to get somewhere on time – that is, if we had anywhere to be.

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OTF Newsletter

Summer 2021, Vol. 36

 

Our Transportation Future Statement from June 2021

Coalition: Eastern States and D.C. Pass Major Milestone, Move Into Implementation Phase of TCI Program to Modernize Transportation Our Transportation Future, June 10, 2021. “Release of the draft implementation plans for the TCI Program means that this effort to modernize Eastern U.S. transportation is moving ahead as planned. This is key to reducing carbon pollution from the transportation sector as well as providing critical funding for 21st Century transportation that will improve our neighborhoods, public health, air quality, and commutes.

“For those of us who care so much about this issue, it is gratifying to see the outpouring of public support, which was overwhelmingly positive about TCI-P, and that the participating states recognize the need to take action. As noted in the joint public comments OTF members submitted, our organizations are committed to working with the states to realize an improved regional transportation system with upgraded mass transit, more electric buses, trucks, cars and charging infrastructure, walkable and bikeable communities, air quality monitoring, less congestion and pollution, and increased investments in projects that connect everyone, including those in both underserved urban and rural areas.

“We recognize that the implementation process will vary and the different states will employ a variety of approaches, including legislative approval, executive actions, and other policy steps. Just as transportation needs vary from state to state, and neighborhood to neighborhood, so too do we see a considerable range of ways that states will ensure the successful and equitable implementation of TCI-P. OTF looks forward to additional states in the region fully joining the program in the coming weeks and months.”

 

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OTF In The News

Mass., other states near historic agreement to curb transportation emissions

By David Abel

Boston Globe

After years of negotiations, Massachusetts and other states on the East Coast are poised to sign a landmark agreement that would constitute one of the nation’s most ambitious efforts to fight climate change.

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OTF Reports

Inequitable Exposure to Air Pollution from Vehicles in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic (2019)

Union of Concerned Scientists Report

In a new analysis, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) found that African American, Asian American and Latino residents of the region face significantly higher exposure to pollutants known as PM 2.5—airborne particles smaller than 2.5 micrometers in diameter.

Transportation and Climate Initiative 10: Hosted by Our Transportation Future

Transportation & Climate Initiative Webinar

TCI-101 webinar features the basics on Transportation & Climate Initiative and its cap-and-invest framework, along with fresh perspective on policy developments, goals for implementation, and the broad based advocacy campaign by Our Transportation Future.  TCI-101 was presented by policy, public health and environmental experts, who mapped out the current state of the policy and how others can get involved to help shape the Transportation & Climate Initiative.

Cap-and-Invest: A review of policy, design and models and their applicability in Vermont

Report by Center for Sustainable Energy

This report explores three North American cap-and-invest systems for reducing GHG emissions, with the goal of providing policy-makers with a better understanding of how cap-and-invest systems work, identifying lessons learned and outlining policy recommendations for creating an economy-wide capand-invest system for GHG emissions for Vermont. Specifically, the report looks at the following.

• Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), in which Vermont currently participates that covers carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electric generation
• California cap-and-invest system, which covers GHG emissions from electric generation, transportation and heating sectors and industrial processes1
• Quebec cap-and-invest system, which is linked with California through the Western Climate Initiative (WCI) and covers GHG emissions from electric generation, transportation and home
heating sectors and industry2