Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the District of Columbia Are First to Launch Historic Regional Program To Cut Transportation Pollution and Invest in Communities
Proceeds from the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program will allow RI to invest almost $200 million between 2023 and 2032 in modernizing transportation, improving public health, addressing environmental inequities in low-income communities, and protecting residents from the impacts of climate change
Providence, RI (STL.News) Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) today committing to a groundbreaking multijurisdictional program that will achieve substantial reductions in motor vehicle pollution – the region’s greatest source of greenhouse gases (GHG) – and reinvests nearly $300 million a year across these jurisdictions in cleaner transit, modern infrastructure, and healthier communities.
The bipartisan Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) will guarantee Rhode Island at least a 26 percent reduction in carbon emissions from transportation from 2022 to 2032 and is anticipated to generate around $20 million annually. Signatory jurisdictions will reinvest these funds in equitable and cleaner transportation options, serving as a catalyst for infrastructure, transit and green energy development through the next decade and beyond.