TRANSPORTATION AND CLIMATE INITIATIVE (TCI)
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 hosted four public information meetings to discuss the Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI). The meetings featured 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 took questions and asked for feedback on the draft MOU.
See meeting slides and watch the January 29, 2020 public meeting in St. Johnsbury
There's still time to provide feedback using the TCI online form. Feedback is welcomed on all aspects of the potential program and comments about the draft MOU. 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.
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.
TCI Overview Presentation
- 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
- 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