The only way to seriously reduce our vehicles' contribution to climate change is to reduce vehicle miles traveled
Letter to Shawn Bunney, Chair of Executive Board of the Regional Transportation Investment District and John Ladenburg, Sound Transit Board Chair:
The Sierra Club urges you to consider addressing the public's concerns over global warming, land-use and fiscal responsibility in the draft "Blueprint for Progress" roads package you are developing. As we've communicated in our prior comment letter*, we support a fully-funded Sound Transit 2 plan and a regional transportation road package that prioritizes "fix-it-first" highway spending and projects that improve roads for transit and HOV use.
A reduced package prioritizes moving goods and people, making infrastructure safer and addressing global warming pollution
In a letter to the Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID) Board, the Sierra Club released an outline to illustrate how leaders could refocus the RTID funding package to address the serious issues of global warming, fiscal accountability and regional mobility. It highlights projects that enhance transit reliability on major highways, improve local grid mobility and prevent a ballooning of carbon dioxide pollution in the region.
“There’s still time for our public officials to ramp down the exuberant funding on highway spending in the draft package,” said Mike O’Brien, the Cascade Chapter Chair. “As gas prices soar, it is wrong to lock us into a highway-building program that doesn’t help our region’s mobility. We cannot sacrifice Sound Transit by weighting it down with an overreaching, fiscally irresponsible highway spending bill that digs the global warming hole deeper.”
The Sierra Club is providing comments on the joint Roads & Transit investment package proposed by the Regional Transportation Investment District (RTID) and Sound Transit (ST). We evaluate and comment on the proposals of the two regional agencies together since they are being presented to the public as a regional transportation plan, and the vote is presently structured to produce an all up or down outcome. We sense--as others in the region do--the need to address transportation planning and investments in a comprehensive and holistic manner.
We first summarize the Club’s position on the joint ballot proposal. The important criteria by which the Sierra Club evaluates the transportation projects is described, followed by specific assessments of the RTID projects, and then the ST Phase 2 projects. We offer recommendations for alternative projects, and suggest alternative ways of structuring a regional transportation plan.
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Ask Gov. Gregoire to Be a National Leader On Clean Energy Solutions and Smart Transportation ChoicesPosted by James Irwin on February 26, 2007 - 11:46am
Governor Chris Gregoire
Office of the Governor
PO Box 40002
Olympia, WA 98504-0002
Please send a quick email to email@example.com to let her know that you've taken action!
Be Cool! Protect Washington’s Climate and Communities
- Harness wind and solar power
- Save on gas and energy bills
- Reduce global warming pollution
- In Washington, transportation accounts for nearly 60 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions, compared to about 40 percent in California.
- Requires the Department of Transportation to assess the greenhouse gas emissions of potential transportation projects over the project’s entire life cycle;
- Requires the Department of Transportation to include in a list of project alternatives projects that have lesser carbon emissions;
- Requires the Department of Transportation to prioritize projects that have a lower carbon emission output and encourage a reduction in the number of vehicle miles traveled.
Status: Awaiting a public hearing in the House Transportation Committee.
Landmark state climate change bill has passed – Senate Bill 6001 establishes standards to reduce global warming pollution
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Gov. Chris Gregoire signed Washington’s historic climate change bill, setting the stage for dramatically reducing the state’s global-warming pollution over the next four decades while building a strong clean energy economy.
Senate Bill 6001, introduced by Vancouver Sen. Craig Pridemore, puts into law Governor Gregoire’s initial timeline for reducing global warming pollution from sectors including transportation, industry and power production. Scores of Washingtonians representing a wide variety of interests have been drafted by the Governor to design a plan for achieving those goals, with legislative action to accomplish the goals expected beginning in 2008.
We have made great strides in the global warming debate—from over 350 cities signing onto the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, to President Bush’s recognition of “global climate change” in his State of the Union Address, to GE and DuPont’s new commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 60-80% of current levels by 2050. The train is moving and the Cascade Chapter is driving our state towards clean, safer and smarter energy solutions.