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.
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.
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. There have been many successes, including 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.
Despite many accomplishments, 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.
2019 Policy Agenda
Click here to read our 2019 Policy Agenda. Our main agenda items are:
Promote clean vehicles
The VW settlement funds should be used to support primarily electrification projects through the lifetime of the settlement. Any consideration of fund expenditures must consider the cobenefits of electrification to human health and carbon pollution.
Expand, integrate, and invest in a variety of transit, active transportation, and shared mobility options for Vermonters
As a rural state, our transportation system is likely to be more successful if we think creatively about what Vermonters need, now and in the future. To support transportation innovation, we urge legislators to think ahead about creating a comprehensive transportation system: one that includes our state’s many transit providers, and also integrates shared mobility solutions (including car and bikesharing), ride sharing, walking and biking, ride service companies like Lyft and Uber, and technology that matches people with rides. In addition, smart growth land use and housing are foundational for transportation choice.
Modernize Act 250 to better integrate biking, walking, and transit
T4VT supports the creation or maintenance of criteria and other policies within Act 250 that promote smart growth over sprawl. The site by site approach to reviewing development that is used by Act 250 makes it challenging for land use decisions to promote smart growth locations, which support a sustainable and accessible transportation system. Criterion 5 should be modernized to further support multimodal transportation and development within compact settlement areas.
Proactively adopt policies to ensure that autonomous vehicles in Vermont promote equity and accessibility, reduce GHG emissions, and do not worsen sprawl
Though autonomous vehicles may seem (and may be) inevitable from a technology perspective, T4VT firmly believes that the policies we put into place to ensure their success—from environmental, safety, cost, and equity perspectives—are not inevitable; they are a choice. As a state we should make choices that reduce environmental and land use impacts, reduce vehicle miles traveled, reduce surface area required for parking, and increase affordable access to transportation for Vermonters in all parts of the state. AVs must be primarily electric vehicles, and a connected, autonomous network is the best model to maximize the positive impacts.
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 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 email@example.com or 802-223-2328, x114.