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FHWA Announces Proposed Framework to Reduce Transportation-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would help states and municipalities track and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, the announcement would use $27 billion in funds allocated to BIL to establish a national framework to track state-to-state progress in reducing gas emissions greenhouse gas emissions by adding state performance management metrics to the FHWA’s existing national performance metrics, and creating a system for state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations to set their own goals greenhouse gas emissions on the road from road travel on the national road network.

“With today’s announcement, we are taking an important step in addressing transportation’s share of the climate challenge, and we don’t have a moment to lose,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Our approach gives states the flexibility they need to set their own emissions reduction goals, while providing them with the resources of President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act to meet those goals and protect their communities.”

The proposed rule builds on work already done by 24 states and the District of Columbia while providing greater transparency, the FHWA said.

In addition to funding available to states, new and existing formula programs will provide state and local governments with access to funding that encourages public transportation and other integrated land use and transportation projects and strategies for reduce air pollution by providing Americans with more climate-friendly travel options. .

“Every state and local government in this country is seeing the impacts of climate change on their communities and infrastructure. States have a critical role to play as we work nationwide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow these impacts,” said Stephanie Pollack, Deputy Administrator of Federal Highways. “State laws already require 24 states and the District of Columbia to set targets and track their greenhouse gas emissions and this proposed rule would bring that locally proven approach to the national scale.”

The proposed rule would help the transportation sector move from being the biggest source of emissions to being the biggest part of emission reduction solutions.