Investing in Climate Smart Transportation

September 12, 2022
Bike in city

Key Takeaways:


The U.S. has a national target of reducing emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030 relative to 2005. An All-In strategy in transportation can deliver emission reduction of roughly 34 percent below 2005 levels through ambitious rollout of electric vehicles and investments in multimodal transportation, which will reduce overall miles traveled.


Decarbonizing the transportation sector will require action from all levels of society. Businesses and civil society institutions must get involved in the decision-making process to ensure that policies orient IIJA funding toward climate-aligned actions.


State, regional, and local governments, as well as tribal nations can accelerate emissions reductions by using funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) for climate-aligned transportation projects such as affordable, electric public transit; electric vehicle infrastructure for all vehicle types; and investment in complete streets to boost safety and accessibility and accommodate more transportation modes (e.g. transit, bicycles, pedestrians).