October 1, 2019 (BOSTON, MA) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statement today as a regional coalition of states issued a preliminary plan for the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). TCI consists of 9 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and Washington D.C. that are working together to improve transportation, reduce carbon emissions, and develop clean energy.
“Transportation emissions are worsening the climate crisis, and it’s about time the region worked together on a solution,” said Amy Laura Cahn, Director of CLF’s Healthy Communities and Environmental Justice program. “Underserved communities have endured the majority of pollution and a lack of healthy transportation options for too long, and they must be the first to see the benefits from a clean transportation system. While today’s plan is a good first step, we need to be working on all fronts to reduce emissions and improve air quality.”
The outline released today from TCI states will guide the planning process moving forward. It represents the first step in these states taking needed action on transportation emissions and related issues.
The participating states include Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, as well as the District of Columbia.
CLF experts are available for further comment.