clean transportation


Using GIS to Center Equity for Clean Transportation Investments in Massachusetts: The MassROUTES Screening Tool

Rachel Bowers, Nilakshi Chatterji, Alexandra Hiple, Ellie Lochhead, Luyi (Lucy) Xu, , UCS

In Massachusetts, communities of color are exposed to about 30 percent more fine particulate matter from transportation than predominantly white communities. At the same time, these communities also face socioeconomic challenges, including limited or no access to a working transportation system. This reality— that many people who are overburdened by transportation-related air pollution are also underserved by the transportation system itself— is an issue that mirrors widespread environmental injustices experienced across the country. Read more >

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What is Lightweighting and How Does it Improve Fuel Economy in Vehicles?

Jeremy Lipshaw, MSE in Mechanical Engineering, , UCS

As a young engineer who has recently entered the workforce, I can confidently say that the technology needed to meet the Obama-era clean car standards still exists, and, that they are plentiful and accessible to manufacturers. Read more >

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Damaged road in Bethel, VT caused by Hurricane Irene
Hurricane Irene caused severe damage to roads and homes in Bethel, VT US Fish & Wildlife Service

Why Rural Communities Need Clean Transportation

, former policy analyst

Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire got it exactly backwards when he withdrew New Hampshire from the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) by suggesting that the program is unfair to rural communities.

You know what is really unfair to rural communities? Climate change.

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The Transportation and Climate Initiative, Explained

, former policy analyst

Twelve states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic along with DC are proposing to invest billions every year for the next decade in clean transportation under a new policy framework released today by the Transportation and Climate Initiative (or “TCI”).

TCI is a collaboration of twelve states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. Together the states of the TCI region represent a population of 72 million people with a GDP larger than any country other than the United States and China.

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The Future of Transportation Is Electric

, Senior vehicles engineer

It’s clearer every day: the future of transportation is electric. We should be cheering this transition—and encouraging it, because along with the benefits for drivers, electrifying transportation is going to be a critical piece of fighting climate change.

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Photo: Kārlis Dambrāns/Wikimedia Commons
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