“The proposed rule [yesterday] The Department of Transportation will require states to measure greenhouse gas emissions from their highway and transportation programs and then develop plans to reduce this harmful pollution. – NRDC writes. “Implementation of these standards will help ensure that historic investments from the bipartisan infrastructure law are properly implemented.” Below is more information from the US Department of Transportation.
The FHWA has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for states and municipalities to monitor and reduce greenhouse gas emissions with more than $27 billion in funding. #Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The rule will take important steps to combat climate change. https://t.co/gg6JO8boME pic.twitter.com/FESzeTEbf5
— Federal Highway Administration (@USDOTFHWA) July 7, 2022
Courtesy of Department of Transportation.
WASHINGTON — [Yesterday]The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for states and municipalities to track and reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) to advance President Biden’s commitment to combating climate change and reducing costs for families. . emissions. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) provides more than $27 billion in federal funding to help State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) meet their reduced GHG targets. The new rule will take two important steps to combat climate change:
- Create a national framework for tracking state progress by adding a new GHG performance management measure to existing FHWA national performance measures to help states track performance and make more informed investment decisions.
- Create a flexible system for State DOTs and MPOs to set their own reduction targets for GHG emissions from traffic on the National Highway System.
“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step forward in addressing transportation’s contribution to the climate challenge, and we have no time to lose,” he said. US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Our approach gives states the flexibility they need to set emissions reduction targets, while providing them with resources from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act to meet those targets and protect their communities.”
This proposed rule adds greater transparency to the work done by 24 states and the District of Columbia under their GHG target setting requirements under state law.
Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gases in the United States, and the Biden-Harris Administration has taken an integrated approach to reducing emissions from the sector while making our economy work for all Americans. It involves using Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding to help state and local governments meet their GHG reduction goals, along with efforts to help lower transportation costs for the American people through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards. a place to make driving more affordable by improving fuel efficiency.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Act funding is available over five years through a variety of programs, including but not limited to:
- The Carbon Reduction Program will provide $6.4 billion in formula funding to states and local governments to develop carbon reduction strategies and finance a wide range of projects designed to reduce carbon emissions from highway sources.
- The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program will provide $5 billion to states, primarily through a statutory formula to create a national grid for electric vehicle charging, an important step toward making electric vehicle charging available to all Americans.
- A Discretionary Grant Program for charging and refueling infrastructure will provide $2.5 billion in competitive funding to states and local governments to deploy electric vehicle charging and hydrogen, propane, and natural gas infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors and in communities.
- The Congestion relief software It will provide $250 million in competitive funding to develop innovative, multimodal solutions to reduce congestion and the associated economic and environmental costs in the United States’ most congested metropolitan areas.
- The Truck Emissions Reduction Program at Port Facilities It will provide $400 million in competitive funding to reduce truck idling and emissions at ports, including the development of port electrification.
- The BIL includes more than $5 billion in funds for the Federal Transit Administration Low or Zero Emission Vehicle ProgramThis will ensure that our nation’s transit systems fight the climate crisis and work better for all of us.
- BIL also covers $7.2 billion Beyond Transportation Alternatives can help state and local governments implement environmentally friendly pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects.
- Additionally, $69 million of FTA Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Program. Provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with new fixed road or major capacity transit capital investment projects. BIL also expands TOD funding through the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Rail Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) programs.
In addition to new funding sources available to states from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act, new and existing formula programs provide states and local governments with critical access to funding to promote public transportation and other integrated land use and transportation projects and strategies that reduce air pollution. This proposed rule would require Americans to make more climate-friendly options for travel and help state and local governments meet their emissions reduction goals.
“Every state and local government in this country is seeing the effects of climate change on their communities and infrastructure. “States have an important role to play as we work across the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow these impacts,” he said. Stephanie Pollack, Deputy Federal Highway Administrator. “State law already requires 24 states and the District of Columbia to set targets and track their greenhouse gas emissions, and this proposed rule would bring this locally proven approach to national scale.”
This proposed rule would help the transportation sector evolve from a leading source of emissions to become the largest part of the solution, standardize practices that many states already have across the economy, make data comparable across states and metropolitan areas, and simplify. better planning and outcomes for local communities.
The proposed rule is also consistent with the Administration’s net zero goals as outlined in the national policy established under Executive Orders (EO) 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Combat the Climate Crisis, and EO 14008, Combating the Remedies. Climate Crisis in the country and abroad”.
The proposed rule would require State DOTs and MPOs to report biennially on their progress toward meeting their established reduction targets and would require the FHWA to assess significant progress toward meeting those targets.
The proposed rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register next week. A signed copy of the document submitted to the Federal Register for publication is available on FHWA’s website. A final rule may be published after FHWA has had an opportunity to review the comments submitted.
I was excited to join the leaders in cutting the ribbon on the new Crenshaw/LAX subway “K” line. This will save Angelenos time and money and connect residents to new job opportunities. We will see more with this @POTUS‘Bilateral Infrastructure Act. pic.twitter.com/Hpd7a5wUBk
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) July 8, 2022
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