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Exploring Regional Solutions to Improve Transportation and Reduce Emissions

Exploring Regional Solutions to Improve Transportation and Reduce Emissions

Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states are exploring regional policies to reduce carbon emissions and other pollutants from the transportation sector and improve transportation systems. The Georgetown Climate Center serves as the facilitator of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.

 
Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit

Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit

GCC and MJ Bradley & Associates produced the Regional EV Charging Infrastructure Location Identification Toolkit (ILIT) to help state and local governments plan for more equitable and informed investments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. An expanded version of a previous EV corridor analysis tool, the ILIT includes interactive maps and an Excel-based modeling tool.

 
 
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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.

State-Level Programs and Policies Supporting Sustainable Communities within Transportation and Climate Initiative Jurisdictions

State-Level Programs and Policies Supporting Sustainable Communities within Transportation and Climate Initiative Jurisdictions
November 30, 2012

This analysis presents an overview of what Transportation and Climate Initiative jurisdictions are doing to achieve sustainable communities outcomes, how their legal frameworks govern land use and transportation policies, and notable programs or policies from a sustainable communities perspective.

 
TCI's Work on Sustainable Transportation Indicators

TCI's Work on Sustainable Transportation Indicators
September 20, 2012

The TCI Sustainable Communities workgroup is exploring ways to measure the environmental and economic benefits of state-level sustainable communities efforts.  By working together as a region, TCI is helping to leverage state resources and foster sharing of states' experiences with sustainable transportation policies by providing standardized tools to measure outcomes in the same way.

 
Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Brochure

Northeast Electric Vehicle Network Brochure
September 12, 2012

This brochure describes the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network, including the vision behind it, the benefits created by the Network, and the immediate action plan for the 12 participating jurisdictions throughout the northeastern United States.  The Northeast Electric Vehicle network is a project of the Transportation and Climate Initiative.

 

Legislative Analysis: Climate Related Provisions of the Federal Transportation Reauthorization: MAP-21
September 7, 2012

The Georgetown Climate Center has produced a summary of the federal transportation reauthorization legislation, "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (MAP-21), which became law in July 2012.  This document identifies provisions of the Act that relate to efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or adapt to climate change. 

 

TCI Releases Report on the Status of Electric Vehicles in the Northeast
September 7, 2012

The Transportation and Climate Initiative has released a market overview and literature review that provides an overview of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) deployment in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. 

The report assesses current electric vehicle and electric vehicle charging station technology, looks at the state of PEV markets, reviews the benefits of PEV deployment, and identifies the barriers and challenges to PEVs in gaining market acceptance. The document is intended to serve as a resource for consumers and policy makers who seek to better understand the nature of and challenges facing electric vehicle deployment in the TCI region.

 

Plug-In Electric Vehicle Deployment in the Northeast
September 7, 2012

The Transportation and Climate Initiative released a market overview and literature review today that provides an overview of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) deployment in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. 

 

Analysis of Freight in the Northeastern U.S.
March 27, 2012

On behalf of the Transportation and Climate Initiative, Dr. James Winebrake recently conducted an analysis of all freight moving through the northeastern United States.

 

Summary of Senate Transportation Bill
March 16, 2012

This document summarizes the Senate transportation reauthorization bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (S. 1813, “MAP-21”).  MAP-21 authorizes $109 billion for surface transportation programs for two years, an extension of current aggregated funding levels through fiscal year (FY) 2013. 

 

Summary of the Federal District Court’s Order Enjoining California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard
January 19, 2012

On December 29, 2012, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California granted partial summary judgment to the plaintiffs in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union v. Goldstene, holding that California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) violated the dormant Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.  The court also granted the plaintiffs a preliminary injunction, prohibiting enforcement of the LCFS until the litigation is completed. 

 

Agreement to Form the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network
October 19, 2011

Ten northeast states and the District of Columbia announced the formation of the Northeast Electric Vehicle Network on October 19, 2011 to expedite the deployment of electric vehicles in the region and promote the use of alternative fuels. The Network seeks to bolster economic growth, maintain the region’s leadership in the clean energy economy and reduce the area’s dependence on oil and its emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

 

White House Announced New Commitments to Support Electric Vehicles
November 19, 2014

On November 18, the White House and the Edison Electric Institute announced new commitments made by electric utilities and other organizations to support the deployment of electric vehicles nationwide. 70 utilities committed to spend at least 5% of their annual fleet acquisition budgets on purchasing electric vehicles, and over 60 new businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations committed to install workplace charging stations for their employees.

 

Eight States Announce Sales of Electric Vehicles Have Surpassed 250,000
October 23, 2014

Representatives from states that signed the zero emission vehicle memorandum of understanding (ZEV MOU) announced that over 250,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold nationwide. The ZEV MOU signatories (California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont) gathered at the California Air Resources Board meeting in Diamond Bar, California, to announce this milestone and reaffirm their commitment to putting 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in their states by 2025.

 

Indicators to Measure Progress in Promoting Sustainable Communities
June 23, 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.

 

Northeast States Continue Work on Reducing Carbon Pollution from the Transportation Sector
June 17, 2014

State transportation, energy, and environment officials from northeastern states gathered June 3-5 for the fifth annual Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) meeting to continue their efforts to reduce carbon pollution from the transportation sector while boosting the clean energy economy.

The sessions included discussions on a wide array of potential policy paths that would help the 12 TCI jurisdictions (CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NH, NY, PA, RI, and VT) achieve these goals.

 

Eight States Release Action Plan to put 3.3 Million Zero Emission Vehicles on the Road
May 30, 2014

On May 29, eight states released an action plan to develop infrastructure, coordinate policies, codes and standards, and help develop a consumer market to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) on the road by 2025.

 

Governors from Eight States Pledge to put 3.3 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles on the Road by 2025
October 28, 2013

Governors from eight states signed an agreement October 24 to build a strong national market for zero-emission vehicles.

 

ArrivalStar Agrees to Stop Suing Public Transit Agencies Over Use of Real-Time Travel Data
August 26, 2013

Due to a recent legal settlement, 1 transit agencies across the country will now be able to provide real-time travel data to the public without fear of litigation. This real-time data is used to provide bus and train arrival times and information on travel delays through mobile devices, the internet, and digital displays at rail stations and bus stops, and has been shown to help increase transit use.

 

TCI Releases Report on the Status of Electric Vehicles in the Northeast
September 7, 2012

The Transportation and Climate Initiative released a market overview and literature review today that provides an overview of plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) deployment in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

 

EPA, NHTSA Plan 54.5 MPG Fuel Economy and GHG Standards in 2025; California, Auto Manufacturers Support Plan
August 1, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) on July 29, 2011, announcing plans to require vehicles to achieve an average 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg), or 163 grams per mile of CO2, on a fleet-wide basis in model year (MY) 2025. (76 Fed. Reg. 48,758). The standards, which would apply to model year 2017-2025 light duty vehicles, are projected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately two billion metric tons and save four billion barrels of oil over the lifetime of MY 2017-2025 vehicles.