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Transportation Matters for Maine
by Malcolm Burson

Let’s face it, Maine is a big rural state (larger than the five remaining New England states taken together), where lowering greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles has been and will be a continuing challenge. CLF’s Maine office is actively engaged in three different projects with a wide range of partners who are determined to find…

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Patrick Administration’s New Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Poised to Rev Up Key Clean Energy Sector
by Jenny Rushlow

Last Thursday, Governor Deval Patrick announced the roll-out of a brand-new electric-vehicle (EV) rebate program in Massachusetts. At a celebration of the launch of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority’s electric transit bus fleet, Governor Patrick announced that the new $2 million initiative – the Massachusetts Offers Rebates for Electric Vehicles (MOREV) program – will provide…

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Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition Releases Progress Report on Transportation Finance Act of 2013
by Rafael Mares

A new report released today by Transportation for Massachusetts and co-authored by CLF Staff Attorney Rafael Mares evaluates the implementation of the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 since its passage last July. The report is the first in a series of planned progress reports aimed at ensuring the new law’s success at addressing the most…

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MBTA Buses Narrowly Avoid Getting Thrown Under the Bus
by Rafael Mares

When the draft five-year Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Capital Investment Plan (CIP) came out on January 9, 2014, it was natural to look for what was missing. After all, the Transportation Finance Act of 2013 provided an average of $600 million per year to fill a state-wide transportation funding gap of at least $1…

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Massachusetts Leading the Way on Electric Vehicle Transit
by Christine Chilingerian

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) is about to make Massachusetts a national leader in electric vehicle, or “EV”, transit. The WRTA has just purchased three additional electric buses, which will join the existing bus fleet of 46. This includes ten hybrid buses (diesel-electric) as well as three existing electric buses. With a grand total…

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Getting Around — WITHOUT the Circ Highway
by Sandy Levine

After decades of fighting the Circ Highway – an outdated massive highway ring-road once planned around Burlington Vermont – CLF is now part of the unanimous support for the final round of projects that will replace the Circ. The very good news is that the 34 projects being advanced will improve existing roadways and intersections,…

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Driving Climate Change
by Sandy Levine

A version of this article appeared in the November 17, 2013 edition  of the Sunday Rutland Herald / Times Argus. The biggest contribution to climate change in Vermont comes from how we get ourselves around. As a rural state we rely on cars — and they burn a lot of gasoline, producing significant greenhouse gas…

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New England States Charge Ahead on Electric Vehicles with New Memorandum of Understanding
by Jenny Rushlow

Today eight states, including four in New England, announced a landmark initiative to collectively put 3.3 million electric vehicles on the road by 2025 and develop fueling infrastructure to support them.  The governors of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut joined California, New York, Maryland, and Oregon in signing a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure…

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Getting Around in a Cleaner World
by Sandy Levine

Windmills and solar panels are helping us move toward cleaner electricity. But what about transportation? In Vermont, transportation accounts for the lion’s share of our greenhouse gas emissions. We are a rural state, sure, but that doesn’t mean we get to drive around and pollute more than our neighbors in other states. Beginning this week the Vermont…

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New CLF Ventures Study to Reward Drivers for Driving Less
by Liz Carver

“Pick a Day, Commute Another Way.” That’s the theme of this week’s Massachusetts Car-Free Week, when the state joins over 1,000 cities in 40 countries around the world to encourage motorists to leave their cars at home and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling to work. With transportation as the state’s largest and…