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OTF News Releases

NEW POLLING CONFIRMS STRONG SUPPORT ACROSS EASTERN REGION FOR TRANSPORTATION MODERNIZATION

Two-Thirds of Registered Voters Support Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Distributors Paying for Pollution; Survey Covers Seven States in Region: CT, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA and VA.

MEMBERS OF “OUR TRANSPORTATION FUTURE” COALITION BACK NEW FRAMEWORK FOR TRANSPORTATION & CLIMATE INITIATIVE

Groups Calling for Regional Cap-And-Invest Program to Invest in Modern, Clean Infrastructure and Improving Public Transit React to Proposal for Implementation in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States and Washington, D.C.

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OTF Voices

Smart transportation can clean air, cut health costs, shorten commutes

The Day, New London, Connecticut

By Amy McLean Salls

As we leave behind the summer fun, send the kids back to school and return to our daily commutes, transportation challenges are front and center. In Connecticut, the core problems of aging infrastructure and congested roads are compounded by air pollution from growing vehicle emissions.

Massachusetts residents can take part in Transportation, Climate Initiative

MassLive.com

In stark contrast to its annual number 1 ranking for energy efficiency, Massachusetts is perpetually nearly at the back of the pack for traffic and infrastructure. The fundamental problems of transportation for our state are as old as our state. Billions of taxpayer dollars were spent to ease the flow of traffic in recent decades, and yet the congestion bounced back to surpass previous levels. To make matters worse, greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles is now the leading source of climate-disrupting pollution in our state. That’s why, as Massachusetts lawmakers, we can no longer stand by and allow modern, clean transportation solutions to go unfunded.

Sherri Evans-Stanton, "Vehicles are polluting Delaware, but we can do something about it"

Delaware News Journal

Let’s face it: The ways we move people and goods in Delaware are outdated, damaging to public health, congested, under-funded and destructive to our climate.

Transportation now accounts for approximately 40% of carbon pollution in the region — and let’s be clear that air pollution knows no state boundaries. This is why it is critical that Governor Carney has joined with other states in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI).

RGGI, which addresses the electricity generation sector, has resulted in more than $125 million for Delaware and more than $3 billion for the region in new funding for renewables and energy efficiency.

The new TCI program, modeled after the success of RGGI, targets transportation. It’s designed to limit pollution from motor fuels while creating new funds for clean transportation investments.

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OTF Newsletter

November and December 2019, Vol. 26

Eastern States Introduce a Plan to Cap Tailpipe PollutionNew York TimesDecember 17, 2019. “The region’s cars, trucks and other forms of transport are now responsible for more than 40 percent of its greenhouse gas pollution, according to the Energy Information Administration.The plan’s backers also stress the importance of regional action at a time when the Trump administration is rolling back a range of climate policies, including weakening standards that would have forced automakers to meet far more stringent fuel efficiency rules. 'When we’re going backward at the federal level, for states to step up and take action on climate, take steps to modernize our transportation system, it’s just an unprecedented opportunity,' said Jordan Stutt, carbon programs director at the Acadia Center, a research and public interest group in New England that is pushing for cleaner energy. 'If designed well, this can be the most significant sub-national climate policy ever.'” 

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Rural Voters on Eastern Seaboard See Benefits of Regional Transportation Improvements, Says New Polling Data Commissioned by The Nature Conservancy

Polling publicly released today from The Nature Conservancy done by the bipartisan pollster team of New Bridge Strategy and Fairbank, Maslin, Maulllin, Metz & Associates shows that three quarters of small town and rural voters in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states support the creation of a state clean transportation fund. This is significant as transportation improvements and funding are being considered by the jurisdictions participating in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). TCI is an effort by policymakers from 12 eastern states and the District of Columbia to design a region-wide policy that would both reduce carbon emissions from transportation and provide improved efficiency of and access to transportation systems.

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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