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Transportation & Climate Initiative

Transportation & Climate Initiative

The Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) is a collaboration of Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast states facilitated by GCC working to reduce emissions from transportation and invest in cleaner, more equitable transportation systems. In 2020, four TCI jurisdictions announced that they would be the first to launch the Transportation & Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P), a ground-breaking multi-state cap-and-invest program to put a brake on pollution and invest in communities.

 
EV Charging Infrastructure Mapping Tools

EV Charging Infrastructure Mapping Tools

Georgetown Climate Center and M.J. Bradley & Associates, an ERM Company, have developed mapping and analysis tools to inform discussions between policymakers, local communities, and other stakeholders in considering priority locations for EV fast charging infrastructure investments. The include the nationwide E-DRIVE tool and the Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit.

 
 
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Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce oil dependence and greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The initiative builds on the region's strong leadership and commitment to energy efficiency and clean energy issues, and its programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector, which have resulted in the region becoming one of the most energy and transportation efficient areas in the nation. The TCI is facilitated and staffed by the Georgetown Climate Center. Learn more.

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network

The Northeast Electric Vehicle Network was created by 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic jurisdictions to enable travelers to drive their plug-in cars and trucks from northern New England to D.C. and everywhere in between. The Network is a project of the Transporatation and Climate Initiative and is staffed and facilitated by the Georgetown Climate Center.

More than 100 companies, organizations, and jurisdictions have pledged to work with the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network to support electric vehicle use. Through the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, northeastern states are laying the groundwork for the region to lead the way in the deployment of electric vehicles (EVs), capturing the many economic, jobs, and environmental benefits associated with EVs.  Learn more.

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Benefits of Investment

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Benefits of Investment
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper provides an overview of the types of economic effects that can result from transportation expenditures, and approaches to quantifying the benefits of such investments.

 
An Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Scoping Papers

An Overview of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities Scoping Papers
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy developed research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. This brief summarizes the findings of the scoping papers, including the indicators that were identified, the potential to use each to evaluate TCI states’ progress on policies and programs, potential strategies each indicator could support, and TCI state programs that already make use of the indicators.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Housing and Transportation Costs

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Housing and Transportation Costs
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper explores various approaches for measuring housing and transportation affordability.

 
Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Land Use Trends

Sustainable Communities Indicators Research Paper Series: Land Use Trends
June 5, 2014

In support of the Transportation and Climate Initiative’s Sustainable Communities’ work, the Georgetown Climate Center and Rutgers University's Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy released research papers examining 11 potential indicators that could help measure progress in promoting sustainable communities and demonstrate the benefits of such policies. As one of the papers in that series, this paper examines two indicators—growth in previously developed/designated acres, and acres of agricultural or natural lands protected—and explores approaches that can be used to track development trends.

 
Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Partner Pledge

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Partner Pledge
October 11, 2013

Support for electric vehicles in the northeast continues to grow, and states participating in the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network are forging ahead with preparations for the mass market arrival of plug-in cars and trucks and the economic and environmental benefits that these vehicles can deliver.

 

 
Menu of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Incentives

Menu of Plug-In Electric Vehicle Incentives
January 25, 2013

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has compiled this menu of incentives for states to use as a tool when researching ways to reduce barriers and promote electric vehicle use. Most states offer one or more incentives for consumers, businesses, or government entities to purchase and use plug‐in electric vehicles (PEV) or electric vehicle charging stations (also known as electric vehicle supply equipment, or EVSE).

 
Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Cluster Analysis

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Cluster Analysis
January 25, 2013

In order for public institutions and private sector organizations to work toward an EV-friendly environment, it is important to understand where the greatest opportunities are for enhancing the EVSE network. This report takes a rigorous approach to identifying what types of places make sense for EVSE deployment in order to encourage EV ownership and usage. As both the public and private sectors consider investing in EVSE, infrastructure developers will need to determine how to most efficiently invest limited resources to provide battery charging infrastructure. 

 
Creating EV-Ready Towns and Cities: A Guide to Planning and Policy Tools

Creating EV-Ready Towns and Cities: A Guide to Planning and Policy Tools
December 21, 2012

This report provides guidance to practitioners at all levels of state and local governments wishing to take action to implement EVSE deployment in their jurisdictions. It provides discussion and guidance regarding the steps to create, administer, and amend planning processes, rules, and regulations, and explores the potential for jurisdictions to encourage EV charging station installation and use. Tools to promote EV-friendly zoning regulations, parking ordinances, building codes, permitting practices, and partnership and procurement are explored, and examples of streamlined approaches are provided. 

 
Assessment of Current EVSE and EV Deployment

Assessment of Current EVSE and EV Deployment
December 21, 2012

The deployment assessment provides a region-wide look at EV and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) deployment in the Northeast. The report highlights trends in EV ownership and EVSE locations, offers recommendations to maximize the impact of EVSE installations, and offers recommendations for further areas of study.

 
Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

Siting and Design Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment
December 17, 2012

These guidelines identify key siting and design issues that are relevant to local governments, developers, homeowners, businesses, utility providers, and other organizations. The guidelines provide an overview of elements of site selection and design and installation scenarios, including considerations for commercial lots, multi-family residences, on-street charging, service station models, and fleets.

 

Low-Carbon Transportation Symposium
April 13, 2017

The Georgetown Climate Center held a symposium on low-carbon transportation strategies for state officials and policy experts on April 4, 2017. The symposium focused on what a cleaner, more resilient, and more equitable transportation system could look like, and participants discussed important trends, challenges, and opportunities for achieving such a future.

 

Transportation and Climate Initiative States Receive Electric Vehicle Corridor Designation
November 3, 2016

The U.S. Department of Transportation has designated several interstate highways in the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) region as Electric Vehicle Corridors. The designations provide federal recognition for the strong state support for electric vehicles (EV) in the region and will lead to increased electric vehicle travel in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.

 

White House Announces Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
July 22, 2016

The White House announced on July 21 a series of federal government actions and private sector commitments to advance electric vehicles in the United States. Providing drivers with increased access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to increase electric vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

 

Video: Georgetown Analysis Shows Potential for GHG Emissions Reductions from Transportation in the TCI Region
December 16, 2015

Webinar presentation shows the potential for greenhouse gas emissions reductions from transportation in mid-Atlantic and northeastern states.

 

Five Northeast States and DC Announce They Will Work Together to Develop Potential Market-Based Policies to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Transportation
November 24, 2015

Six northeast and mid-Atlantic jurisdictions have announced they will work together to develop potential market-based policies to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other pollution from the transportation sector. Developing such policies will build on the momentum created by the participating states’ successful clean energy programs and will create positive economic benefits, in addition to reducing the emissions that cause climate change according to a new Georgetown Climate Center report.

 

State Statements About Reducing GHGs from the Transportation Sector
November 24, 2015

Statements are available from Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

 

Celebrating Five Years of Success Through the Transportation and Climate Initiative
June 9, 2015

Five years ago, 11 northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia launched the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) to develop the clean energy economy and reduce energy use and emissions from the transportation sector.

 

California Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal in S.B. 375 Land Use-Transportation Plan Case
April 28, 2015

The California Supreme Court agreed on March 11 to review an appeals court decision that invalidated a regional transportation and land use plan for the San Diego area for failing to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Climate Center Report Identifies Funding Options for State Electric Vehicle Programs
April 17, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center recently released a report that identifies options for states to fund plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) programs and highlights ways that states across the U.S. are supporting PEVs.

 

Transportation and Climate Initiative Joins U.S. DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge
April 17, 2015

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) has committed to working with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support workplace charging and grow the plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) market.