Bill from Reps. Doggett, Blumenauer will help stakeholders reduce climate pollution from infrastructure projects

On May 11th, Reps. Lloyd Doggett and Earl Blumenauer introduced the Green Transportation Act, which would require states and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to include greenhouse gas emissions reductions in their long-range public transit and highway planning. To support MPOs and states with this effort, the bill allows Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST) Act funding to be used to develop standardized models and methodologies for measuring and monitoring climate pollution. It also directs the Department of Transportation to create a clearinghouse of these best practices.

“Reducing the enormous amount of greenhouse gas pollution produced by cars, trucks, and other forms of transportation is a critical part of the fight against climate change. As we work to transition to a zero-emission transportation system, we need state infrastructure programs to include achievement of significant climate pollution reductions as an essential part of their planning process. This bill will help that happen. With this legislation, Rep. Doggett and Rep. Blumenauer are showing the kind of leadership we need to address climate change, renew our infrastructure and support healthier communities.”

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