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. Find a full list of members below.
Transportation is the largest source of air pollution and accounts for nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont.
This is partly because nearly all vehicles registered in the state are powered by fossil fuels. It is reinforced by our transportation infrastructure, which is predominately designed to support vehicular traffic, reducing opportunities for healthy, active transportation choices.
For nearly two decades, Vermont’s people, state agencies, transit providers, advocates, and others have made great strides to address sustainable mobility issues in the state. Successes have included increased transit, more sidewalks and bike facilities, investments in compact land use patterns, alternatively fueled vehicles, and policies that acknowledge the multiple benefits a transportation system can provide.
However, too many Vermonters still lack affordable, convenient, reliable transportation to schools, jobs, healthcare, and other services. Such access is essential for people’s quality of life (at every stage of life), economic opportunity, and health, as well as the state’s economy as a whole.
The time is right for Vermont organizations and leaders to work together to advance policies, plans and programs that expand mobility choices for all Vermonters, improving health, safety and quality of life, reducing environmental impacts, preventing sprawl, and strengthening the state’s economy.
2020 Policy Agenda
Shape the Transportation and Climate Initiative to ensure that it is strong and equitable
The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a cap and invest system that has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate revenue to help transform our transportation system.
T4VT supports the use of this method to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions and fund a modernized Vermont transportation system that meets the mobility needs of all Vermonters. It is critical that the program does not disproportionately disadvantage low-income and vulnerable Vermonters.
T4VT believes strongly that the funds generated must advance emissions and mobility goals through a variety of complementary short and long-term strategies – for example, through investments in housing near transportation options, programs to help people use cleaner personal or shared vehicles, rural transportation choices, and infrastructure for safe walking and biking.
Expand transit service to better serve all Vermonters
Our rural development pattern and aging population mean that additional investment in transit – along with innovation and modernization – are needed to serve the population’s transportation needs. We see “transit” as encompassing the network of choices that links people to where they need to go, whether shared vehicles, bikes, walking, or buses.
We envision a transit system that decreases greenhouse gas emissions and works for all people in Vermont, with special attention to Vermont’s older adults, people with disabilities, and people with lower incomes.
Support downtowns, villages, and compact community centers
When housing, jobs, schools, and services are closer together, people have more transportation choices, which saves them money and reduces GHG emissions. Supporting investments like water and wastewater infrastructure, sidewalks, trails, and bike paths, and housing in smart growth locations helps lay the foundation for a diverse, sustainable transportation system.
Supporting full implementation of the state’s 2011 Complete Streets Policy, which ensures that roads are safe for all transportation modes, and people of all ages and abilities, is also essential.
Reduce Barriers to Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption
EVs will play an important part in the short-term approaches to reduction of greenhouse gases. We believe that new burdens on EV users and potential EV users could hinder the growth of the EV market precisely when we need to rapidly accelerate EV adoption if we are to reduce carbon emissions, meet the state’s established climate objectives, and avoid the most dire effects of climate disruption.
The Public Utility Commission report recently noted that currently, the transportation fund revenue loss from EVs is relatively low, and Vermont loses far more revenue from increased fuel efficiency standards from conventional vehicles than from EVs.
July 2020: Legislative updates from 2019-2020 session (Passage of Transportation bill, GWSA, and other highlights)
June 2020: Letter to the Vermont Senate Transportation Committee stressing the importance of funding transportation priorities in COVID-19 recovery
January 2020: Investing in Clean, Convenient Transportation Choices Across our Rural State (commentary by Kate McCarthy)
American Lung Association in Vermont
Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association
Green Mountain Transit
Renewable Energy Vermont
Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club
Vermont Clean Cities Coalition
Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP)
Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
Vermont Natural Resources Council
Vermont Public Interest Research Group
For more information about Transportation for Vermonters, contact Kate McCarthy, Sustainable Communities Program Director at VNRC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-223-2328, x114.