Transportation and Climate Initiative

TRANSPORTATION AND CLIMATE INITIATIVE (TCI) 

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Announcements

On December 17, 2019, a bipartisan group of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that make up the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) invited the public to provide feedback on a new draft proposal for a regional program that would establish a cap on global warming pollution from transportation fuels and invest millions annually to achieve additional benefits through reduced emissions, cleaner transportation, healthier communities, and more resilient infrastructure.   

The draft “Memorandum of Understanding” (Draft MOU) builds on a program framework made public on October 1, 2019. A final MOU is expected in the Spring of 2020, following additional public input and analysis. At that time each of the 12 TCI states and the District of Columbia will decide whether to sign the final MOU and participate in the regional program, which could be operational by 2022.    

2020 Public Meeting Schedule

Throughout January and February 2020, Vermont state officials and regional planning commission staff are hosting four public information meetings to discuss the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). The meetings will feature a brief overview of TCI and provide detailed information about the specific proposals in the draft regional MOU and the associated modeling results. After the initial presentation, state officials will take questions and ask for feedback on the draft MOU

Here's more information about the upcoming public meetings:

 

TCI Public Meeting

January 29, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00pm

NVDA Conference Room

36 Eastern Ave

St. Johnsbury, VT

Contact: Doug Morton dmorton@nvda.net

  

TCI Public Meeting

January 30, 2020 | 7:00 - 9:00pm

Hunter Room

Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Ave

Manchester Center

Contact: Jim Sullivan jsullivan@bcrcvt.org

 

TCI Public Meeting

February 6, 2020 | 6:00-8:00 pm

Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street

Burlington

Contact: Charlie Baker cbaker@ccrpcvt.org

 

TCI Public Meeting

February 13, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00pm

Selectboard Chambers (3rd floor)

Town of Springfield Offices

96 Main Street

Springfield, VT

Contact: Tom Kennedy tkennedy@swcrpc.org

 

You can also provide feedback using the TCI online form. Feedback is welcomed on all aspects of the potential program and comments about the draft MOU will be accepted through Friday, February 28, 2020.  If you'd like the Vermont team to respond to your comment or question, please add a note to your entry asking for a response from Vermont officials. 

TCI Overview 

The Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia that seeks to improve transportation, develop the clean energy economy and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. The participating states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia. 

In December 2018 nine of the TCI states and the District of Columbia issues a statement committing to collaborate on designing “…a regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels through a cap-and-invest program or other pricing mechanisms… [and]… to complete the policy development process within one year, after which each jurisdiction will decide whether to adopt and implement the policy.” 

With ongoing facilitation support from the Georgetown Climate Center, TCI states are planning and beginning to implement a range of activities to ensure that the final proposed policy reflects further input from diverse stakeholders, rigorous technical analysis, and consultation with leading experts.  

Infographic: Vermont's participation in TCI

TCI Overview Presentation

Leadership 

  • Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary, Agency of Natural Resources 
  • Michele Boomhower, Director of Policy, Planning, & Intermodal Development, VTrans
  • Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Public Service 

Staff 

  • Bruce Bierbaum, Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Dan Dutcher, Environmental Policy Manager, VTrans 
  • Heidi Hales, Director, Air Quality and Climate Division, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Marie Horbar, Attorney, VTrans

  • Ken Jones, Economic Research Analyst, Agency Commerce and Community Development

  • Elle O’Casey, Communications Director, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Megan O’Toole, Attorney, Air Quality and Climate Division, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Phillip Picotte, Utilities Analyst, Department of Public Service
     
  • Dan Potter, Energy Policy and Program Analyst, Department of Public Service 
  • Collin Smythe, Environmental Analyst, Air Quality and Climate Division, Agency of Natural Resources
  • Leslie Welts, Attorney, VTrans 
  • Brian Woods, Environmental Analyst, Air Quality and Climate Division, Agency of Natural Resources

 

 

 

Julie Moore
Agency Secretary

Peter Walke
Deputy Secretary

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