OTF Voices

OTF Voices

Why Maine needs the Transportation Climate Initiative

Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Maine

By Phelps Turner

As any Mainer knows, we have a transportation problem. And it unfortunately goes beyond limited access to public transit and chronic underfunding of our transportation infrastructure. The greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks and buses are the largest contributor to the climate crisis, and it’s getting worse.

Commentary: TCI is the solution to Virginia's transportation, climate problems

The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Virginia

By Ken Locklin

Transportation is a key part of our everyday lives—from commuting to work and school, to running errands and shipping goods across the country. It is also a major contributor to climate change.

TCI would help rural Vermonters

Vermont Digger

By Daniel Gatti

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire got it exactly backwards when he withdrew New Hampshire from the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) by suggesting that the program is unfair to rural communities.

A triumph of short-termism in New Hampshire

The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts

By Yvonne Abraham

The governor of New Hampshire appears determined to cut off his constituents’ noses to spite their faces.

Baker’s climate program could help rural commuters

The Boston Globe, Boston, Massachusetts

By Stephen Kulik and Daniel E. Bosley

The Transportation and Climate Initiative could improve small-town transportation systems across Massachusetts.

Connecticut could be known for a modern transportation system, instead of asthma

Hartford Courant, Hartford, Connecticut

By Amy McLean Salls and Charles Rothenberger

Connecticut’s transportation system is due for an upgrade. The state’s network of roads, public transit, and ports, ranks 37th in the nation, and our outdated infrastructure, congested roads, and polluted air are a drag on the economy. All of Connecticut’s residents and businesses deserve transportation options that will help them thrive, and that’s a vision that we can deliver.

Another Voice: New York needs to take leadership role in climate initiative

The Buffalo News, Buffalo, New York

By Elizabeth Hamlin

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a tremendous opportunity to help us all breathe easier, endure fewer asthma attacks and avoid a host of illnesses brought on by air pollution.

A regional plan to improve transportation and reduce pollution

Gloucester Daily Times, Gloucester. Massachusetts

By Chris Dempsey

The state’s transportation system is literally riddled with challenges: Potholed roads, inadequate public transit service, soul-crushing traffic congestion, and tailpipe pollution that both causes asthma and heart disease and is the state’s largest source of greenhouse-gas emissions. To address these problems, Governor Baker has been working with a bipartisan group of governors from nearby states to advance a regional, market-based program known as the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI).

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


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.