The ways we get around – our cars, trucks, buses, planes, and trains – are New England’s biggest sources of climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

Tailpipe pollution also causes asthma and other health problems – with our low-income and communities of color affected at higher rates than others – while more and more paved roads increase water pollution from runoff.

While some form of public transportation exists in many cities and towns throughout New England, it is often inadequate – which also burdens our low-income and communities of color, barring access to jobs, health care, school, and recreation. Meanwhile states are struggling to keep up with the costs of funding public transit and maintenance for our bridges and highways.

It’s time for a major shift in how we think about transportation – away from policies that favor cars and highways and towards cleaner, more efficient, and socially just alternatives.

CLF is working across New England to inject smarter, climate-friendly, and socially just criteria into transportation planning processes. We’re actively advocating for aggressive investment in rail and public tranportation – and fighting to make sure that the public transit options we do have are affordable, reliable, and safe for those  of us who depend on it most.

At the same time, we’re looking at how communities are built and designed, promoting smart-growth policies that emphasize compact, mixed-use neighborhoods in our urban areas – because when homes, schools, jobs, and shopping are all close by, we can drive less and walk or bike more, creating healthy, vibrant neighborhoods for all.

CLF is playing a leading role across New England in creating a new model for transportation and challenging outdated ways of thinking about what makes a community a great place to live.