A Blueprint For A Modern, Regional Transportation System

A clean, interconnected regional transportation system along the East Coast requires state and local government to invest in modern technology like electric vehicles and improve access to transit, a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council suggests.

Failing transportation infrastructure cost the U.S. $147 billion in 2015, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, and vehicle emissions are now the biggest contributor to the pollution that drives climate change.

The governors of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont, as well as the mayor of Washington, D.C., formed a coalition in 2017 to redevelop an interconnected transportation system spanning the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Along with Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, they comprise the Transportation and Climate Initiative researching clean mobility.