Transportation for Vermonters (T4VT)

About T4VT

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.

Why T4VT?

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.

2020 Policy Agenda
2019 Policy Agenda

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

Established by the legislature in 2019, these programs provide incentives for low and moderate income Vermonters to purchase high-efficiency vehicles and EVs. Learn more about MileageSmart here.

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.

T4VT News

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)

January 2020: Transportation for Vermonters releases 2020 Policy Agenda

November 2019: T4VT participates in regional policy proposal for the Transportation Climate Initiative

April 2019: T4VT urges legislators to address emissions repair costs without undermining clean air

January 2018: VNRC submits comments regarding use of VW Mitigation Trust funds

November 2017: Transportation for Vermonters, new transportation advocacy coalition, launches with commitment to increasing affordability, access, and sustainability

Current members

AARP VT
American Lung Association in Vermont
CarShare Vermont
Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association
Green Mountain Transit
Local Motion
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 kmccarthy@vnrc.org or 802-223-2328, x114.