First-ever blueprint to decarbonize America's transportation sector released

Marin Transit Zero Emissions Bus
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The nation's first U.S. National Blueprint for Transportation Decarbonization, was released by the Biden-Harris Administration this week.

Developed by the Departments of Energy, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Blueprint is a landmark strategy for cutting all greenhouse emissions from the transportation sector by 2050.

The plan aims to meet President Biden’s goals of securing a 100% clean electrical grid by 2035 and reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Blueprint builds on President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, which together represent historic investments in the future of our nation that will transform how the nation moves and lives while building the backbone of a safer and more sustainable transportation system. 

“Transportation policy is inseparable from housing and energy policy, and transportation accounts for a major share of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so we must work together in an integrated way to confront the climate crisis,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “Every decision about transportation is also an opportunity to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future. When our air is cleaner; when more people can get good-paying jobs; when everyone stays connected to the resources they need and the people they love, we are all better off.”

MTC has its own Climate Initiatives Program to reduce the transportation sector's carbon footprint. These climate initiatives help the Bay Area meet emissions-reduction targets set by state law and improve the health and vibrancy of the region for all its residents.

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