Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT)

ABOUT US

Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT) is a diverse coalition of individuals, organizations, businesses and institutions committed to working together, creatively, and across sectors to achieve a sustainable, accessible transportation system in a rural state.

Click here to learn more about us.

 


NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS


T4VT weighs in against exempting older cars from emissions requirements

As the House Transportation Committee contemplated a bill that would exempt older cars from emissions requirements, T4VT weighed in against the proposal. Read our letter to the committee for the Coalition’s thoughts on a better approach: a program to help people repair their polluting vehicles. This solution would improve the health of people in cars and ensure Vermont maintains clean air. Read more here.

 


 2019 Policy Agenda

Click here to read our 2019 Policy Agenda. Our main agenda items are:

  • Promote clean vehicles
  • Expand, integrate, and invest in a variety of transit, active transportation, and shared mobility options for Vermonters
  • Modernize Act 250 to better integrate biking, walking, and transit
  • Proactively adopt policies to ensure that autonomous vehicles in Vermont promote equity and accessibility, reduce GHG emissions, and do not worsen sprawl.

T4VT supports multi-state exploration to shift our transportation system

December 20, 2018

We are excited about the commitment by Vermont and other states, working as the Transportation Climate Initiative, to thinking regionally about the environmental impacts of our transportation system.

Harnessing market-based solutions, as well as fostering regional collaboration, are extremely important considering how much of our energy/GHG comes from transportation, and considering the pressing problem of climate change.

We know that transportation is a complex system, influenced by key factors like the locations of our homes, jobs, schools, and businesses, as well as by people’s socioeconomic status. As a system that we have built over many years, it will take time and strategic investment to shift.

A cap and invest system could provide some of the revenue needed for that investment. Investment is essential not only for new technologies like electric vehicles and on-demand ride sharing, but also for housing in villages and downtowns, as well as walking and biking infrastructure.

T4VT sincerely hopes this important conversation and process will be an open and transparent one. We look forward to monitoring the progress of this project and to reviewing and commenting on the proposal.

Transportation for Vermonters is a broad coalition committed to increasing the affordability, access, and sustainability of Vermont’s Transportation System. Its members are AARP-VT, American Heart Association, American Lung Association in Vermont, CarShare Vermont, CATMA (Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association), Local Motion, Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group


VNRC submits comments regarding use of VW Mitigation Trust funds

January 12, 2018

The $18.7 million in VW Mitigation Trust funds present an exciting opportunity for Vermont to move toward a cleaner transportation system. Done right, we can reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions while also improving public health and strengthening our communities. It’s important to invest these one-time funds in clean, fossil-fuel free technologies – like electric school and transit busses, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Strategic investments will help us leap forward at this crucial moment — investing in “clean diesel” will not.

Though eligible for funding, “clean” diesel is not clean, and it squanders a good opportunity to use these funds to create a more clean, 21st century transportation system. Not only are electric vehicles instrumental in reducing air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions, Vermont has the opportunity to use our renewable electricity sources as a way to power our vehicles with clean fuels that help reduce fuel costs, stabilize the grid, and benefit the health of our communities and environment. Making a large, focused investment to replace the majority of buses in a school or transit fleet, for example, helps transform our transportation system where it matters most. We recently submitted comments to the Agency of Natural Resources – read the full letter here.

Transportation for Vermonters, a broad coalition committed to increasing the affordability, access, and sustainability of Vermont’s transportation system and coordinated by VNRC Sustainable Communities Program Director Kate McCarthy, also submitted comments. Read the Transportation for Vermonters letter here.


Broad new transportation advocacy coalition launches, committed to increasing affordability, access, and sustainability

November 9, 2017

A diverse group of organizations, businesses, and institutions today announced the formation of a new coalition to advocate for a more sustainable, accessible, and affordable transportation system in Vermont.

“Transportation for Vermonters, or T4VT for short, is unique in Vermont because our focus is on advancing transportation programs and investments that go beyond getting from point A to point B. Transportation is central to improving air quality, health, affordability, and economic vitality, as well as reducing greenhouse gas pollution,” said Kate McCarthy, sustainable communities program director at Vermont Natural Resources Council and coordinator of the T4VT coalition.

One of the Coalition’s first actions was to participate in the November 8th Vermont Climate and Energy Summit during which groups were asked to submit pitches to Governor Scott’s Climate Action Commission on high-impact ways Vermont can take action on climate. Currently, 47 percent of Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation, and gasoline and diesel represent more than 35 percent of all energy consumed in Vermont. T4VT proposed replacing inefficient diesel school or transit buses with electric buses proven in cold climates. Diesel transit buses get only 4.5 miles per gallon and emit diesel exhaust that is dangerous for children, drivers, and passersby.

Abby Bleything of the Vermont Clean Cities Coalition helped deliver the pitch. She pointed out that “Electrifying school and transit buses will jumpstart Vermont’s transition into a more sustainable fleet. By tackling our most inefficient and polluting vehicles on the road first, we gain considerable benefits both in terms of human health and the health our environment.”

According to the T4VT members, making investments in a variety of transportation options also helps households spend less on transportation. “Economically vulnerable Vermonters bear a disproportionate amount of transportation costs relative to their income and we’re excited to be part of T4VT and to advocate for proven solutions that are good for Vermonters’’ health and for their pocket-books,” noted Dan Hoxworth, executive director of Capstone Community Action. “By focusing on increasing the affordability, accessibility and efficiency of our whole transportation system, Vermont can set an example for other rural states to follow. In doing so, we can ensure that all Vermonters can successfully transition to a climate change economy.”

Vermont has a history of promoting compact land use patterns and investing in alternatively fueled vehicles and infrastructure. This, along with increasing recognition that we need to better integrate public health, environment, and economic development outcomes into decisions about Vermont’s transportation investments, mean the time is right for rethinking what a sustainable transportation system can look like in a rural state. “Right now, too many Vermonters lack affordable, convenient, and reliable transportation to schools, jobs, healthcare, and other services,” noted Kelly Stoddard-Poor, AARP-VT Associate State Director of Outreach. “This can lead to isolation, especially for older Vermonters who may no longer drive. Transportation access is essential for people’s quality of life – at every stage of life.”

The Coalition’s founding members are AARP-VT, the American Lung Association in Vermont, Capstone Community Action, the Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association, Local Motion, Renewable Energy Vermont, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Vermont Clean Cities Coalition, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Vermont Public Interest Research Group.