Frustrated With The Train?

Phyllis Theermann

You are not alone.

The Union of Concerned Scientists acknowledges that our transportation system is old, congested, under funded, and inaccessible, and it’s our state’s largest source of global warming emissions (40%). Plus, transportation related pollution causes over 3,000 asthma attacks, 500 preventable deaths, and $1.3 billion in combined health costs in Massachusetts a year. Low income and otherwise vulnerable communities suffer disproportionately from these impacts.

However, they have an idea on how to build a clean, affordable, accessible, equitable, convenient system that offers access to jobs, schools, and services across the Commonwealth.

Come hear about it from Ms. Eleanor Fort from the Union of Concerned Scientists this Sunday, November 5th from 1-3pm at 161 Oakland Street. Since Governor Baker has shown continued commitment to the Paris climate agreement, including setting a goal of reducing transportation emissions by 35% by 2030 under the Global Warming Solutions Act, and working on a regional collaboration with other Northeast states to address these issues, there is hope.

Ms. Fort will explain a transportation cap and invest program that could potentially raise up to $4.7 billion, including over $120 million per year for clean vehicle incentives, $120 million in affordable housing initiatives, and $225 million to improve public transportation for Massachusetts. A cap and invest program could help the Commonwealth achieve their climate goal while also expanding transportation access, creating jobs, and reducing health costs. Similar regional programs, including the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), have succeeded when states work together to reduce emissions, strengthen the economy, and save consumers money.

A clean, equitable, modern transportation system is within our reach.

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