On August 20th, 2018, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) held a workshop on reducing GHG in the transportation sector through the petroleum industry. CoaST took the opportunity to offer suggestions on what CARB and other California municipalities can due to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation sector. It should be noted that California has been a leader in proactive and ‘smart’ transportation policies. In the meeting notice, CARB referenced that while the State was on track to meet goals for 2030, emissions from the transportation sector were on the rise. “increasing 4 percent from 2014 to 2016 largely driven by increases in emissions from gasoline used in on-road vehicles”.
CoaST, in its comments, recommended that CARB and other agencies focus not only on improvements through technological advancements in fuels but also by looking to reduce VMT through ‘Smart’ Transportation policies. Specifically, CoaST recommended advancing California based policies that have worked including the Bay Area Transit Benefit Ordinance and the San Francisco TDM policy. CoaST also recommended taking steps to improve the States HOV and HOT lanes by eliminating cheaters from those lanes. Agencies such as North Central Texas Council of Governments are utilizing automated vehicle occupancy verification as a way to successfully eliminate HOV cheaters.
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