“Proposed Rule [yesterday] from the Department of Transportation would require states to measure greenhouse gas emissions from their highway and transportation programs and then devise plans to reduce that harmful pollution.” – writes NRDC. “Implementing these standards would help ensure that the historic investments in the bipartisan infrastructure bill are done right.” Below is more information from the US Department of Transportation.
The FHWA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for States and Municipalities to Monitor and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions with more than $27 billion available through #BipartisanInfrastructureLaw. The rule would take important steps in the fight against climate change. https://t.co/gg6JO8boME pic.twitter.com/FESzeTEbf5
— Federal Highway Admn (@USDOTFHWA) July 7, 2022
Courtesy of the Ministry of Transport.
WASHINGTON — [Yesterday], to advance President Biden’s commitment to combating climate change and reduce costs for families, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for States and Municipalities to Monitor and Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions emissions. President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) makes more than $27 billion in federal funding available to help state Departments of Transportation (State DOTs) and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) meet their shrinking GHG targets. The new rule would take two important steps in the fight against climate change:
- Establish a national framework for tracking state-by-state progress by adding a new GHG performance management measure to FHWA’s existing national performance measures to help states track performance and make informed investment decisions.
- Create a flexible system under which state DOTs and MPOs would set their own declining goals for on-road GHG emissions from road traffic in the National Highway System.
“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step forward in addressing transport’s share of climate challenges, and we have no moment to lose,” he said. US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. “Our approach gives states the flexibility they need to set their own emissions reduction goals, while providing them with resources from President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill to meet those goals and protect their communities.”
This proposed rule builds on and adds greater transparency to the work that 24 states and the District of Columbia are already doing to comply with state law requirements for setting greenhouse gas goals.
Transportation is the leading source of greenhouse gases in the US, and the Biden-Harris administration has outlined an integrated approach to reducing emissions from this sector while ensuring our economy works for all Americans. This includes using bipartisan infrastructure bill funding to help state and local governments meet their greenhouse gas emission 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 , which are in place to make driving more affordable by increasing fuel efficiency.
Funding from the bipartisan infrastructure bill is available through a variety of programs over five years, including but not limited to:
- The Carbon Reduction Program will provide $6.4 billion in 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 The National Formula Program for Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI). will provide $5 billion to states primarily through a statutory formula to build a national electric vehicle charging network, an important step toward making electric vehicle charging available to all Americans.
- A Refueling and Refueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grants Program will provide $2.5 billion in competitive funding to states and local governments to install electric vehicle and hydrogen, propane and natural gas charging infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors and in communities.
- The Congestion Relief Program will provide $250 million in competitive funding to advance innovative, multimodal solutions to reduce congestion and the associated economic and environmental costs in the US’s most congested urban areas
- The Truck emission reduction program in port facilities will provide $400 million in competitive financing to reduce truck idling and port emissions, including improving port electrification.
- The BIL includes more than $5 billion for the Federal Transit Administration Program of vehicles with low or zero emissionswhich will help our nation’s transit systems deal with the climate crisis and work better for all of us.
- BIL also includes $7.2 billion for Transport alternatives put aside that can assist state and local governments in implementing environmentally friendly pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure projects.
- Additionally, the FTA is $69 million Transit Oriented Development (TOD) program. provides funding to local communities to integrate land use and transportation planning with new fixed-line or capital investment projects for transit core capacity. BIL also expands TOD funding opportunities through the Transportation Infrastructure Financing and Innovation Act (TIFIA) and Railroad Renewal and Improvement Financing (RRIF) programs.
In addition to new sources of funding that states can access from the bipartisan infrastructure bill, new and existing formula programs provide states and local governments with critical access to funding to encourage public transit and other integrated land use and transportation projects and strategies that reduce air pollution by giving Americans more climate-friendly travel option and help state and local governments meet emissions reduction goals that this proposed rule would require them to set themselves.
“Every state and local government in this country is realizing the impacts of climate change on their communities and infrastructure. States must play a critical role as we work across the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow those impacts,” he said Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “State laws already require 24 states and the District of Columbia to set goals and track their greenhouse gas emissions, and this proposed rule would bring this locally proven approach to the national level.”
This proposed rule would help the transportation sector evolve from a leading source of emissions to become a major part of the solution by standardizing practices that many states already have in place across the economy, by making data comparable across state lines and metropolitan areas, and by facilitating 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 Renewing the Science to Combat the Climate Crisis,” and EO 14008, “Solving the climate crisis in the country and abroad.”
The proposed rule would require State DOTs and MPOs to report biennially on their progress toward meeting the declining goals they set and would require the FHWA to assess significant progress toward meeting those goals.
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 the FHWA website. A final rule may be published after FHWA has had an opportunity to review the comments submitted.
Thrilled to join the leaders in cutting the ribbon on the new Crenshaw/LAX “K” subway line. This will save Angelenos time and money and connect residents to new job opportunities. We will see a lot more with this one @POTUS‘ Bipartisan infrastructure bill. pic.twitter.com/Hpd7a5wUBk
— Secretary Pete Buttigieg (@SecretaryPete) July 8, 2022
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