Texas transportation advocates say the state Department of Transportation’s “carbon reduction strategy” does “the bare minimum” to reduce transportation sector emissions, writes Erin Douglas of the Texas Tribune, and the document It pointed out that it is a requirement to receive federal transportation funds.
“According to TxDOT’s draft document, some Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funding would be transferred to highway programs, and the agency said highway expansion would reduce road traffic; They say they may be eligible for this funding.” congestionThis reduces emissions from idling cars. As Douglas explains, the plan predicts that as the state’s population grows, vehicle miles traveled will increase and highway projects will be promoted as a way to alleviate congestion. Public transit agencies and environmentalists alike have criticized government agencies’ claims that carbon emissions can be reduced by improving the flow of “vehicle emissions.” ”
Mr Douglas added: “The draft strategy does not use the term ‘climate change’ or mention the importance of reducing emissions to avoid worsening the effects of climate change.” Ta. Meanwhile, TxDOT has placed the burden of building public transportation systems primarily on local governments, but the draft strategy also includes projects that support biking and walking infrastructure, as well as pedestrian bridges and other public transportation access. “It’s true.”