Transforming Transportation in Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Gets Underway

WASHINGTON - Twelve eastern states and the District of Columbia today announced a major advance in creating a regional clean transportation policy that will improve public transportation, reduce pollution and improve the quality of life of tens of millions of Americans.

The states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia, and the District of Columbia released a draft memorandum of understanding to develop a regional policy to modernize transportation. They intend to finalize that plan in 2020.

The following statement is from Bruce Ho, Senior Advocate in the Climate & Clean Energy Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“A dozen eastern states and the city of Washington, D.C. are taking a huge step forward in fixing our region's broken and dirty transportation system. They foresee making much-needed investment, so the region's communities will become more prosperous, cleaner and healthier.

“They plan to upgrade the transportation system to be less polluting, more efficient and more affordable for millions of people. And they will help put the brakes on the runaway impacts from climate change. This is visionary.”

A blog by Bruce Ho further analyzing today’s clean transportation announcement by the states and D.C. is here:



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