OTF Voices

OTF Voices

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Let’s face it: The ways we move people and goods in Delaware are outdated, damaging to public health, congested, under-funded and destructive to our climate.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

Alli Gold Roberts, "Opinion: Md.’s Clean Energy, Transportation Bills Set Stage for Thriving, Low-Carbon Economy"

Maryland Matters

In May, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he would allow two key clean energy and transportation bills to take effect. The bills will help Maryland unlock a clean energy future.

Alarming new data and careful scientific studies reiterate that we must take bold and immediate action to tackle climate change. Businesses are already heeding this call by investing in clean energy and setting bold emissions reduction targets. However, business action alone is not enough. We need smart policy solutions from all levels of government.

Nick Sifuentes, "Don’t hose commuters. Find a better way to fund NJ Transit, transportation group says."

New Jersey Star Ledger

Much has been made of the travails of public transit our friends across the Hudson are facing — but every NJ Transit rider knows that a similar crisis, long in the making, has now reached a breaking point here, too.

The state of NJ Transit has an obvious cause: when a service that hundreds of thousands of Jersey residents rely on every day is subject to the push and pull of the political process, commuters lose out. Under former Gov. Chris Christie, NJ Transit went from being a model transit agency to a cautionary tale of disinvestment and neglect. But even with the state under new leadership, NJ Transit fares no better: it has become a proxy in the debate over New Jersey’s budget surplus and whether to implement a millionaires’ tax.

Bruce Ho, "US Northeast Revs Up Clean Transportation Planning"

CleanTechnica

Originally published on the NRDC Expert Blog.

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are working to clean up and modernize the region’s transportation system, supported by groups like the Our Transportation Future coalition, which includes NRDC.