OTF Voices

OTF Voices

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 The state’s network of roads, public transit, and ports, ranks 37th in the nation, and our outdated infrastructure, congested roads, and polluted air are a drag on the economy.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.

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"


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.