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.
2021 Policy Agenda
Click here to read our 2021 Policy Agenda. Find past years’ agendas below.
Our main agenda items in 2021 are to:
Make fare-free transit permanent
Fund transit agencies to continue fare-free operations, and ensure sufficient overall transit funding to avoid reductions in service. Fare-free service allows for socially distant and simplified boarding, reduces the financial burden on people who rely on transit, and will help rebuild transit ridership.
Continue funding the Mobility and Transportation Innovations Grant Program
Enabled in the the 2020 Transportation Bill (Act 121) and funded at $300K, these grants promote innovative mobility solutions that reduce auto dependence, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve mobility and access for transit-dependent Vermonters.
Establish the Better Places program
Local “placemaking” projects help make places more walkable and bikeable, support local businesses, and promote economic recovery. Build on the recent infusion of philanthropic support for this concept by supporting legislation that enables towns to apply for community, “crowd-funded” projects. Learn more about Better Places here.
Establish a Replace Your Ride program
This would offer incentives to lower-income Vermonters to scrap a high-polluting vehicle and switch to cleaner transportation, such as a new or used electric/plug in vehicle, e-bicycles or motorcycles, or vouchers for public transit, shared-mobility, or private ride hailing.
Continue and increase funding MileageSmart and Plug-In Electric Vehicle incentive programs
Make substantial and sustained investment in a range of infrastructure
Sustainable transportation options like walking, biking, and driving and biking electric can only succeed with the right infrastructure, including EV charging stations, Complete Streets, transit amenities like bus shelters with seating, and designs that make roads safe for non-drivers.
Pursue a strong and equitable Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI)
This must include a process and parameters for ensuring that revenues are invested in relevant clean transportation solutions, particularly for people – those with low incomes, people of color, rural areas – often left behind by today’s system. Funds must be protected. Learn more about TCI here.
February 2021: Transportation for Vermonters releases 2021 policy agenda
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.