November 18, 2021 (BOSTON, MA) – Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced that the state will only move forward with the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) if another state joins the program, so it will be on hold for now. Today’s announcement comes after yesterday’s news that Connecticut will not be moving forward with the program. Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement in response.
“TCI was never going to be enough to address the impacts and needs of the region’s transportation systems,” said Staci Rubin, Vice President of Environmental Justice at CLF. “Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming emissions in New England, and our current systems have overburdened communities of color with air pollution for decades. We must overhaul the way we move people and goods, and it must be done in a way that recognizes and addresses these historical inequities and brings everyone to the table in finding a solution. CLF will continue to work with impacted communities and our states to move that process forward.”
CLF experts are available for further comment.