Environmental News Highlights – October 5, 2022


AASHTO Comments on ‘Buy America’ EV-Focused Waiver – AASHTO Journal

Delaware, California Launch New Litter Cleanup Efforts – AASHTO Journal

Supreme Court to hear high-stakes challenge to Clean Water Act – Washington Post

Bipartisan group of senators press Buttigieg on overdue tourism infrastructure planThe Hill

Historic Step: All Fifty States Plus D.C. and Puerto Rico Greenlit to Move EV Charging Networks Forward, Covering 75,000 Miles of Highway – FHWA (media release)


Transport Canada to Remove All COVID Restrictions From October 1 – Travel Agent Central

Public Transportation Ridership Rises to More than 70 Percent of Pre-Pandemic Levels – American Public Transportation Association (media release)


Illinois DOT weighing EV tax to offset gas tax revenue loss – WTVO-TV

Remnants Of Hurricane Ian Will Test North Carolina DOT’s New Flood Early-Warning System For Roads – Charlotte Observer

Electric School Buses Aid Power Grid in Moments of Need – Government Technology

Hertz is teaming up with oil giant BP to install thousands of EV chargers in the U.S. – CNBC

Port of Albany passes on federal funding for wind project – WNYT-TV


New Mexico to be Part of ‘Clean Freight Corridor’ – Transport Topics

Exxon’s Long-Shot Embrace of Carbon Capture in the Houston Area Just Got Massive Support from Congress – Inside Climate News

NY proceeds with plan for zero-emission vehicles by 2035 – AP

‘It makes climate change real’: How carbon emissions got rebranded as ‘pollution’ – Grist


People of color are as interested in buying electric cars as white consumers – the biggest obstacle is access to charging – The Conversation

As Self-Driving Cars Hit the Streets, New Equity Concerns Emerge – Route Fifty

Advocates say speed-limiting tech in new cars could address gender disparity in crash statistics – Cox Media Group Washington Bureau

EPA Finalizes Environmental Justice Action Plan for Land Protection and Cleanup Programs – EPA (media release)


Beachwalk and trees fall into the ocean due to erosion at popular Maui beach

Beachwalk and trees fall into the ocean due to erosion at popular Maui beach

Winter swells could bring back beach, but long-term fix elusive – Maui News


Infrastructure Law Sends $1.1 Million To National Park Service For Transportation Needs – National Parks Traveler

Dual-Language Highway Signs Unveiled By Oneida Nation, Wisconsin DOT – WITI-TV


Transportation “Insecurity” Increasing Among Americans – AASHTO Journal

Grappling With the Traffic Safety Crisis – National Conference of State Legislatures (podcast)

NYC Proposal Offers Cash for Spotting Parking Violations in Bike Lanes – CityLab

Maryland transportation authorities celebrate “Walktober” by promoting pedestrian safety – WJZ-TV

‘We’re about 20 years behind’: Improving bike and pedestrian safety in the City of Omaha – KMTV-TV

New Jersey lawmakers want to study goal of zero traffic deaths by 2035 – New Jersey Monitor

Push for suicide prevention barriers on Taft Bridge prompts DDOT review of all DC bridges – WJLA-TV

Flint hosts workshop about becoming more bicycle friendly – WJRT-TV

Las Vegas Isn’t a City for Pedestrians, But We Could Make It One – Las Vegas Weekly (commentary)

SEPTA Offers New Way For Customers To Report Cleanliness Issues on System – SEPTA (media release)


The Era of Smart Infrastructure Demands Strong Data, Technology Management – TRB

Safer Intersections for Pedestrians and Bicyclists – TRB (webinar)


Airport Terminal Program; FY 2023 Funding OpportunityFAA (Notice of funding opportunity)

Announcing Two Virtual Public Outreach Events – Coast Guard (Notice of outreach events)

ETAP Podcast: Pennsylvania’s New Statewide Anti-Litter Program

This episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP Podcast interviews Yassmin Gramian and Natasha Fackler, secretary and infrastructure implementation coordinator for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, respectively, about the state’s new anti-littering program.

[Above photo by PennDOT]

PennDOT helped launch the new program – formally entitled “PA Fights Dirty: Every Litter Bit Matters” – in August along with several other state agencies.

The creation of this campaign is one of the many recommendations made by Pennsylvania’s first-ever Litter Action Plan, released in December 2021. That plan also won a Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for Excellence in May.

“Every Litter Bit Matters” seeks to get state residents to ensure that every piece of their trash, regardless of size, is disposed of properly as research shows only 3 percent of Pennsylvanians approve of littering, yet 40 to 50 percent of them admit to littering roadways and other public areas.

“Every Litter Bit Matters” also seeks to educate state residents about “situational littering,” such as leaving trash on the ground next to a full can or in a stadium, as well as reminding them that litter of all sizes stacks up and creates problems, Gramian and Fackler explained.

PennDOT noted that a 2019 Litter Research Study found that Pennsylvania has more than 500 million pieces of litter on its roadways, with more than 85 percent of those pieces measuring less than four inches in size. That study also found that litter-related cleanup costs currently total around $350 million each year.

To listen to the full podcast, click here.

KYTC Helps Establish State-Focused Archaeological Website

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet recently helped establish a new website highlighting more than 100 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites across the state’s 64 counties.

[Above photo by the Kentucky Heritage Council]

KYTC launched the new website – Discover Kentucky Archaeology – in collaboration with the Kentucky Heritage Council-State Historic Preservation Office, a Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet agency. The website documents the “diversity and richness” of Kentucky’s archaeological record and the scientific documentation and research undertaken by more than 100 archaeologists who have and continue to contribute a “shared understanding” of the past.

Examples of “prehistoric” times covered by the website begin with Paleoindian-era sites (prior to 8000 B.C.) and range from Grizzly Newt – an Early Archaic (8000 to 6000 B.C.) Native American rock shelter located within the Daniel Boone National Forest – to McGilligan Creek, a Late Woodland (A.D. 500 to 1000) village in Livingston County.

Meanwhile “historic” time period examples include Saltpeter Cave, a Frontier era (A.D. 1750 to 1820) niter mine in Carter County, through sites like Peanickle; a Postbellum and Industrialization (A.D. 1865 to 1914) African American community on a ridgetop just outside Lawrenceburg.

Every profile of an archaeological dig on the new website – created by the Kentucky Archaeological Survey – includes a summary, findings, a focus on “what’s cool,” and links to related materials. Other sections include opportunities for public education, outreach, and discovery. Additional features and content for the website – designed by Kentucky Interactive LLC – will come as research and funding allow, KYTC said.

The new website received its funding via an alternative mitigation agreement for bridge projects, financed by the federal government. Through a consultation process, outlined by federal statute and supported by the Federal Highway Administration, consulting parties agreed to create a publicly available guide to Kentucky archaeological sites.

“While we are dedicated to preserving significant archaeological resources, sometimes damage from construction projects to cultural resources can’t be avoided,” said Craig Potts, executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and state historic preservation officer, in a statement.

“In this instance, we worked with partner agencies and consulting parties to develop a way to offset these damages by investing in public outreach to increase understanding of the importance of these sites and what they have yet to tell us about Kentucky’s heritage,” he said.

“As we build a better Kentucky that meets the needs of the future, [we are] committed to protecting and preserving Kentucky’s past,” added KYTC Secretary Jim Gray. “This initiative makes historical information accessible and enjoyable to discover across multiple periods and parts of the state.”

State departments of transportation across the country are involved in a variety of archaeological support efforts.

For example, in August, archaeologists from the Maryland Department of Transportation began helping excavate two small Colonial-era cabins near the historic Elkridge Furnace in Howard County, MD, located on land originally purchased for a highway project.

This effort follows a previous dig conducted by Maryland DOT’s archeological team in 2021 that helped discover a historic home site once owned by the father of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who helped slaves escape north via the Underground Railroad.

Meanwhile, in February, the Nevada Department of Transportation and contractor Mead & Hunt began collaborating on an effort to develop a “multiple property documentation form” or MPDF to help preserve Latino-related properties statewide, with a primary focus on the cities of Las Vegas and Reno.

In addition, in January, the Colorado Department of Transportation debuted a documentary called “Durango 550 – Path of the Ancestral Puebloans” to show how the agency worked with archaeologists and regional Native American tribes to document, study, and ultimately share the discoveries unearthed near Durango in southwest Colorado.

Environmental News Highlights – September 28, 2022


Four Federal Agencies Plan Broad GHG Reduction Push – AASHTO Journal

MARAD Initiates Low Carbon Shipping Study – AASHTO Journal

Biden’s point man on infrastructure law – Politico

Wildfire Smoke Is Erasing Progress on Clean Air – New York Times

DOE and DOT Announce Gabe Klein to Lead Joint Office of Energy and Transportation – US Department of Energy (Media release)


Can E-Bikes Rescue the Covid Bicycle Boom?Bloomberg (Commentary)


Unwinding really backward policy:’ California abolishes decades-old parking requirements – Sacramento Bee

Michigan DOT enters 5-year partnership to build first public in-road EV charging system in DetroitWDIV-TV

In Houston, a generations-deep community is being dismantled by mandatory buyouts. – Grist

Hawaii’s road usage charge for EVs could have twists and turns – The Center Square

US’s Top Ports Face Calls to Go Green After ‘Unmitigated Growth’ – Bloomberg

NJ Transit Advances Zero-Emission Bus Conversion With Design And Investment Planning Study – NJ Transit (Media Release)


California orders 29 hydrogen trains for inter-city services – International Railway Journal

The airline race for a breakthrough fuel to cut one billion tons of carbon is just starting – CNBC

Oregon on track to follow California emission standards – no new gas vehicles sold by 2035 – KPIC-TV

Minneapolis is the latest US city to demand emissions-free shipping – Grist

15 Most Polluted Cities in the US – Earth.org

Amtrak Aims to Achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2045 – Amtrak (Media release)


Biden administration launches environmental justice office – AP

University Program Opens Highway To Success For Drivers With Autism Spectrum DisorderMercyhurst University

DOJ to tackle environmental justice issues that have ‘too long beleaguered’ communities – NBC News


Welcome to the High Desert highway that is one-of-a-kind in Oregon – Central Oregon Daily News

Weed Wranglers wanted for Bloomington Parks and Recreation – WBIW Radio

Delaware Governor, Keep Delaware Beautiful, Delaware DOT Launch Litter Free School Zone ProgramState of Delaware (Media release)


Higher Ground: America’s oldest Black town is trapped between rebuilding and retreating. – Grist


Michigan Governor Unveils Statewide Mobility Strategy – AASHTO Journal

Denver Pedestrian Bridge Closed Because No One Knows Who Owns It – Denverite

New protected bike lanes causes confusion and anger over parking in Tower District – KMPH-TV

New Joe Louis Greenway will stretch through 23 communities, 4 citiesDetroit News

San Francisco May Require E-Scooters To Have Anti-Sidewalk Technology – Route Fifty

DC lawmakers vote to end right turns at red lights; making ‘Idaho Stop’ legal – WTTG-TV

FHWA Applauds RIDOT’s Leadership in Pedestrian Safety and Financial Stewardship – Rhode Island DOT (Media release)


Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States: Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions – Public Engagement across the Transmission Development Lifecycle: from Planning to Permitting – TRB (Webinar)

Withstanding Climate Change – Resilient & Flexible Pavement – TRB (Webinar)

The Chemistry of Fires at the Wildland-Urban Interface – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Risks and Rewards for Electrifying Fleets – Association for Commuter Transportation (Webinar, link to registration)

Minimobility: The next big thing in urban mobility? – McKinsey & Company


FY 2022 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) for Transit Buses Demonstration and Automated Transit Bus Maintenance and Yard Operations DemonstrationFTA (Notice of Funding Opportunity)

Use of Inland Ports for Storage and Transfer of Cargo ContainersUSDOT Office of the Secretary (Notice of request for information)

Notice of Recreational Target Shooting Closure on Public Lands in the Anderson Butte Area of Jackson County, OR – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Notice of Receipt and Request for Review of Noise Compatibility Program – FAA (Notice)

Delaware DOT Illustrates Resiliency Strategies at Hearing

During a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on September 21, Nicole Majeski – secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation – detailed her agency’s efforts to incorporate resiliency into infrastructure projects statewide.

[Above photo by AASHTO]

That hearing elicited testimony from states and localities regarding ongoing implementation efforts related to the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA, enacted in November 2021.

“Having this bill [the IIJA] finalized gives state DOTs and our contractor community certainty that we will continue to make needed infrastructure investments in the years ahead,” Majeski noted in her testimony. “The $1.6 billion in federal funding that Delaware is receiving through [the IIJA], along with our committed state resources, will allow us to deliver our largest capital program ever of $4.45 billion over the next five years.”

She explained that federal funding would be particularly critical to helping her agency deal with the effects of climate change.

“As the lowest-lying state in the nation, Delaware is seeing firsthand the effects that climate change and sea-level rise are having on our state,” Majeski noted. “We are increasingly seeing roads in our coastal areas overtopped with water not just during significant storms but with tidal flooding on sunny days. We estimate that we have $1 billion worth of infrastructure vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.”

Secretary Majewski – Senate EPW video still

To cope with such issues, Majeski said Delaware Governor John Carney (D) spearheaded the development of a Climate Action Plan in November 2021; a plan that led to the creation of a resiliency and sustainability division within Delaware DOT to centralize the agency’s efforts to improve the resiliency and sustainability of its transportation network.

“This division is focusing on the impacts climate change and sea-level rise are having on our transportation infrastructure; incorporating resiliency and sustainability measures in the construction and maintenance of our projects; implementing the electrification of our infrastructure and fleet; incorporating the use of alternative energy; and minimizing the environmental impacts caused by our transportation system,” Majeski noted.

“It will guide our work to develop solutions for these impacted areas and lead initiatives such as the broader electrification of our infrastructure to support and encourage the use of electric vehicles in Delaware,” she added. “Newly created formula funding through [the IIJA] will allow us to move forward with these critical projects.”

For example, in March, Delaware DOT initiated a plan to make the state’s road systems more resilient to climate change by tapping into the additional $160 million over five years the IIJA will provide to Delaware’s main highway programs.

The agency also received a $6.5 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity or RAISE grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in August to begin designing an ambitious plan in the Route 9 area near New Castle. That project would reduce the number of through lanes on Route 9, with that “saved” lane space used to improve pedestrian and bicycle, and bus facilities as well as extra green space.

USDOT, DOE Help Push Sustainable Aviation Fuel Development

The U.S. Department of Transportation and Department of Energy recently released the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge Roadmap as part of what they dubbed a “government-wide strategy” for scaling up sustainable aviation fuel production across the country.

[Above photo by DOE]

That roadmap – a collaboration between USDOT, DOE, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency – outlines actions designed to spur technological innovation to produce sustainable aviation fuel or SAF, reduce greenhouse gas or GHG emissions, and enable the United States to meet its domestic climate goals. It also seeks to position the United States as a “global leader” in the emerging SAF market.  

Made from renewable biomass and other resources, including winter oilseed crops, agricultural and forestry residues, and municipal solid waste streams, USDOT said there is enough collectible biomass available in the U.S. to produce 50 billion to 60 billion gallons of low-carbon fuels annually.

According to a joint USDOT and DOE statement, the SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap aligns government and industry actions to achieve the three major goals of the SAF Grand Challenge outlined by those agencies in 2021: 

  • Achieve a minimum of a 50 percent reduction in life cycle GHG emissions compared to conventional fuel; 
  • Produce three billion gallons of SAF per year by 2030; and 
  • Supply sufficient SAF to meet 100 percent of aviation fuel demand by 2050. 

USDOT noted that U.S. commercial aviation currently consumes approximately 10 percent of all transportation energy and is a significant contributor to domestic GHG emissions. SAF has the potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel, but with a fraction of its carbon footprint, USDOT added – adding that “emerging SAF” pathways even offer the potential for a “net-negative” GHG footprint.

State departments are engaged in similar sustainable aviation promotion efforts.

For example, on September 23, the aviation division of the Washington State Department of Transportation began accepting applications for a new airport grant program that funds sustainable aviation projects.

The agency said in a statement that such projects may include electrification of ground support equipment; electric aircraft charging infrastructure; airport clean power production; electric vehicle charging stations or fuel cell electric vehicle hydrogen stations whose infrastructure may also support ground support equipment and/or electric aircraft charging; and sustainable aviation fuel storage.

Video: Hawaii DOT Talks Transportation Resiliency

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials recently released a video highlighting how the Hawaii Department of Transportation incorporates resiliency into its infrastructure strategy.

[Above image via AASHTO]

AASHTO’s Transportation TV interviewed Edwin Sniffen, Hawaii DOT deputy director for highways, as part of its “2 Minute State DOT Update” video news series that illustrates how state departments of transportation build, maintain, and improve America’s multimodal transportation network.

During the interview, Sniffen explained what making a transportation system “more resilient” means and how Hawaii DOT incorporates that philosophy into its infrastructure planning, construction, and delivery processes.

Sniffen is a recognized state DOT leader on the topic of resilience. For example, he participated in a knowledge session on infrastructure resilience hosted during AASHTO’s 2022 Spring Meeting in New Orleans.

Moderated by David Sweeney, president and CEO of engineering and architectural firm RS&H, the panel explored how “resilience” is becoming a critical factor in extending the overall lifecycle of infrastructure assets while also hardening them against potential damage from both natural and man-made disasters.

That knowledge session also included Marc Williams, executive director of the Texas DOT; Will Watts, assistant secretary for engineering and operations at Florida DOT; and Aimee Flannery, a surface transportation analyst from the Office of the USDOT Secretary.

Tennessee’s ‘Tire to Trails’ Program Wins Award

The Tennessee State Parks received the Project Excellence Award from the Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals for its “Tires to Trails” conducted in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, which uses recycled tires in the construction of recreation paths.

[Above photo by the Tennessee DOT]

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals presents this award annually to exemplary outdoor recreation projects and collaborating agencies and organizations that were key to the success. Selection criteria include unique or special circumstances; problem-solving function; level of innovation and creativity; impact or effect of a project; and collaborative team effort.

“This is a wonderful recognition of an outstanding program,” said David Salyers, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in a statement.

“We have seen great success with ‘Tires to Trails’ and the award is a tribute to all who have worked to make it successful,” he said.

Tennessee State Parks officials, along with those from the Tennessee DOT, cut the ribbon in June on a new hard-surface 2.5-mile-long pathway made from rubber crumbs derived from old tires at T.O. Fuller State Park in Memphis.

Volunteers and local contractors collected some 24,000 illegally dumped tires in the area around the park, transformed into “crumbs” by Patriot Tire Recycling in Bristol. That “crumb” material then went into the construction of the park trail.

This is but one of several environmentally focused projects involving the Tennessee DOT. The agency recently expanded its “traditional role” in the Mississippi River Delta Region from building and maintaining roads to include fighting litter, supporting tourism, and promoting economic development. In addition, in conjunction with the Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful and other partners, the agency established a network of 17 “Seabin” automated litter and debris removal devices across the Tennessee River watershed in March.

Environmental News Highlights – September 21, 2022


FHWA Approves 35 State EV Charging Infrastructure Plans – AASHTO Journal

State DOTs Increase Multimodal, Active Transportation Support – AASHTO Journal

ETAP Podcast: The Next Generation Highways Concept – AASHTO Journal

Key infrastructure nominee pitches ‘all of the above’ approach on roads – Washington Post

Will California’s Gas Vehicle Ban Help Lead the Nation? – Los Angeles Times

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022; Implementation of Energy and Infrastructure Provisions – Office of the President (Executive Order)


L.A. County could soon drop this key COVID mask rule. Here’s why – Los Angeles Times


Denver passed a sales tax for climate. Is it working? – E&E News

US climate goals are achievable – if we can get the permits – The Hill (Opinion)


The Growing Debate Over Where to Put EV Chargers in Rural America – Route Fifty

Port of Long Beach channel deepening project moves forward with federal, local approvals – Long Beach Business Journal

Port of Los Angeles offers $5 million in green incentives – Port Technology

Tijuana Airport’s Bridge to the U.S. Is Reshaping California-Mexico Travel – Airline Weekly

Work Progresses on Two Projects at Maine-Canada Border – Transport Topics


The Fog of San Francisco – New York Times

Feds Launch New Climate Resilience Planning Portal – Government Technology

California’s Next Climate Mandate Is End to Sales of Diesel-Only Trucks in 2040 – Times of San Diego

Biden-Harris Administration Announces Interagency Commitment to Lower Transportation Emissions and Consumer Costs, Bolster Domestic Energy Security – US Department of Energy (Media release)

EPA Releases Final Determinations of Attainment Status for Air Quality Standards for Smog – EPA (Media release)


At 75, the Father of Environmental Justice Meets the Moment – New York Times

U-M study finds 1 in 4 four US adults experience transportation insecurity – University of Michigan (Media release)

Justice Department Moves to Intervene in Mobility Disability Discrimination Suit Against San Juan, Puerto RicoDepartment of Justice (Media release)


A State Wildlife Agency That’s Winning at Twitter – Route Fifty

Florida scientists will study how homeowners affect the water quality of stormwater ponds – WUSF Radio

NCDOT begins second phase of biannual litter sweep, encourages volunteer participation – Daily Tar Heel

Preventing Litter Is “Simple As That,” Says New Washington Campaign – Daily Fly


Visiting with Huell Howser: Los Angeles Union Station – KCET-TV


Cincinnati City Council working on long-term plan to address pedestrian safety – WXIX-TV

Gordie Howe International Bridge Will Have Access For Bicycles And Pedestrians – WLHT Radio

How The Twin Cities Is Making Transit Accessible To Immigrants And Refugees – Next City

Centering Bikes in the Future of Mobility – Planetizen

Transit App Adds Pittsburgh Bike-Rental Program POGOH – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Navigating an Electric Vehicle Future: Proceedings of a Workshop – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Preparing for LNG by Rail Tank Car: A Readiness Review – TRB


Enhancing the Safety of Vulnerable Road Users at Intersections; Request for Information – USDOT (Notice)

Air Plan Approval; Missouri; St. Louis Area Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program – EPA (Final rule)

Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group – FAA (Solicitation of applications)

Draft FAA Policy Regarding Processing Land Use Changes on Federally Acquired or Federally Conveyed Airport LandFAA (Proposed policy; request for comments)

Uniform Procedures for State Highway Safety Grant Programs – NHTSA (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Improvements for Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Test Procedures, and Other Technical Amendments – NHSTA (Proposed rule)

Meeting of the Regional Energy Resource CouncilTennessee Valley Authority (Notice)

Four Federal Agencies Planning Broad GHG Reduction Effort

The U.S. Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Environmental Protection Agency recently signed a memorandum of understanding or MOU to reduce greenhouse gas or GHG emissions associated with the transportation sector while concurrently ensuring “resilient and accessible mobility options” for all Americans.

[Above photo by USDOT]

The MOU commits the agencies to release within 90 days of its signing a comprehensive blueprint for decarbonizing the transportation sector that will help guide future policy decisions, as well as research, development, demonstration, and deployment in the public and private sectors.

That blueprint will also ensure a coordinated “whole-of-government” approach to address challenges to achieving widespread and equitable de-carbonization of the domestic transportation sector. This includes increasing access to safe, active transportation options, providing clean and affordable transit options, modernizing the grid to meet increased demands from the electric vehicle sector, and reducing emissions from the entire lifecycle of transportation, including emissions from construction.

Domestic transportation – including both passenger and freight modes – produces more GHG emissions than any other sector, those four agencies noted in a joint statement. Thus by working together with states, local communities, tribal communities, labor unions, nonprofits, and the private sector, they hope to promote low- and zero-emission transportation solutions to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, create clean transportation jobs, and support the Biden administration’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. 

Those four agencies said that the billions of dollars in “clean transportation” funding allocated through the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act enacted in November 2021 as well as the $739 billion Inflation Reduction Act enacted in August makes the United States “well-positioned” to take reduced GHGs while creating “millions of jobs” for American workers.

The agencies said they plan to accomplish both goals by increasing access to more efficient modes of transportation such as walking, biking, transit and rail, while lowering the costs of electric vehicles and other zero emission vehicles and fuels. That would allow American families and businesses to benefit from and enjoy the benefits of this “affordable clean energy revolution,” those agencies said.