OTF Voices

OTF Voices

Modernizing our transportation system will help New Jersey’s economy thrive

nj.com, New Jersey

By Hugh Welsh

New Jersey is a key transportation hub. With major interstates, railways, ports and airports, our transportation system is vital to the state’s economy. It is also a major contributor to climate change. With more than 40% of New Jersey’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions coming from transportation — more than any other sector—the state must take local and regional action to transition to a clean, modern transportation system.

We’ve Got One Chance


By Anthony Cherolis

Our transportation systems, how we get around from A to B to C, are putting the planet in a dangerous slide toward climate catastrophe. This isn’t hyperbole. It would have been better to start working toward a solution decades ago, when the terrible reality of human-caused climate change became evident. That said, we can’t waste another year without action.

We need better transportation options, not more roads and more lanes

Washington Post, Washington, DC

By Parris N. Glendening

When President Trump attempted to eliminate California’s more stringent fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas standards for cars and trucks, local elected officials cried foul — and not just in California. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District all use California’s tougher standards. But in the face of a growing and urgent climate crisis, even those standards are insufficient. We need to push the envelope further — with cleaner cars and more trains, more buses, more safe places to bike, walk and roll, and we need a way to do all of this on a massive scale.

Why electric buses are part of our transportation future

Hartford Courant, Hartford Connecticut

By Emily Alexander and Alex Rodriguez

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our generation. As citizens of this planet, we cannot sit idly by while it goes up in flames. In order to cut down emissions, preserve our environment and ensure public health for all, we need a bold solution.

Opinion: Time for Lamont to get serious about clean transportation

New Haven Register, New Haven, Connecticut

By Samathan Dynowski

Climate change is on everyone’s mind. How could it not be? We see one news story after another about climate catastrophe around the world. We can literally feel the impact of the climate crisis as summers get hotter and winters get warmer, like on Jan. 11 when record high temperatures of 68 degrees hit Hartford and brought people out into the streets in their shorts and flip-flops.

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.