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Josh Ostroff MAS 2018

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Presentation for 2018 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference in Plymouth, MA

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Josh Ostroff MAS 2018

  1. 1. Sustainable Communities & Campuses April 27, 2018
  2. 2. Who is Transportation for Massachusetts? • T4MA is a statewide coalition of more than 70 member and partner organizations. We advocate for better, smarter transportation policies across the Commonwealth. Our members and partners include: • Transportation user groups • Environmental advocates • Business associations • Public health advocates • Planning agencies • Community-based organizations • Grassroots non-profits
  3. 3. Massachusetts is Falling Behind 2017: “Massachusetts is the #1 state” 2018: “Massachusetts is the #8 state”
  4. 4. Massachusetts is Falling Behind #8 Overall #1 in Education #5 in Healthcare
  5. 5. …We rank #45 in Infrastructure #8 Overall #1 in Education #5 in Healthcare #45 in Infrastructure
  6. 6. Transportation is also failing our environment…
  7. 7. Emissions have declined in the electric sector, but not in the transportation sector
  8. 8. 1. Emissions down more than 35% 2. Generated $$$ hundreds of millions for energy efficiency 3. Prices have come down for consumers 4. Economy of these states has grown by 30% “RGGI” States
  9. 9. How does “cap and invest” work in the electricity sector?
  10. 10. A Regional, Market-Based Approach to Transportation Emissions • Transportation & Climate Initiative • Convened by Georgetown Climate Center in 2010 • State staff meet regularly • Subset of states moving ahead • CT, DE, DC, MA, MD, 
 NY, RI, and VT • Starting with listening 
 sessions • Ambitious states can 
 launch policy efforts • Additional states can
 join in the future
  11. 11. How would we apply “cap and invest” to transportation?
  12. 12. Makes low- carbon transportation more cost competitive Generates funds for transportation investment
  13. 13. Providing solutions for sustainable mobility
  14. 14. Ensure regional and social equity
  15. 15. TCI Regional + State Listening Sessions • Stakeholder process (2018) • Regional listening sessions • Broad challenges • Policy design • Emissions target • State-specific sessions • Local challenges • Reinvestment opportunities 2018
 Listening Sessions 2019
 Analysis and Rulemaking 2020-2022
 Implementation
  16. 16. State Commitment • Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 • Builds on Global Warming Solutions Act • Cites transportation as leading GHG source • Acknowledges vulnerability and preparedness • Directs MassDOT and EEA to develop regional framework • Includes, but not limited to transportation • Requires public input • Requires agency follow up and policy review • Requires local assessment and preparedness
  17. 17. Key Questions • What are compelling arguments for and against this approach? • How do we address political pushback? • How do we model pricing impacts and effects on behavior? • What investments will achieve greatest result? • How do we divide revenue between the three buckets? Who governs this at the state and multi-state level? • What questions make this more quantitative and rigorous?

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