A New Plan for Clean Transportation

More than half of America’s population lives in areas with unhealthy levels of smog and soot. The 260 million cars, trucks, and buses that travel on our roads are a major source of this harmful air pollution, as well as the carbon pollution that fuels dangerous climate change. However, states and municipalities rarely account for vehicle-generated emissions when they plan for transportation infrastructure.

Under proposed federal standards, metropolitan and state transportation planners would incorporate methods to reduce pollution in their long-term plans—supporting community needs while protecting public health. This issue paper highlights the critical opportunity to make long-lasting improvements through smarter transportation planning, and what you can do to ensure the U.S. Department of Transportation develops strong standards for states and metropolitan areas.

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