Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goal

Smart Growth America

State transportation policy has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while also effectively meeting the nation's wide-ranging mobility needs. Few studies have specifically sought to evaluate how states' transportation policies impact GHG emissions. This report seeks to build on the work of Moving Cooler, a 2009 report by Cambridge Systematics, which quantified the carbon reduction benefits of various transportation strategies. The analysis here evaluates how well state-level transportation decisions are aligned with efforts to reduce GHG emissions by examining a selection of key transportation policies currently in place in the 50 states. The findings suggest that there is tremendous potential for states to make progress on reducing transportation-related carbon emissions. The report's recommendations suggest ways states can improve their climate performance while meeting their mobility needs.

Filed in: Plans and Policies, Environment

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