As announced during ACT's Legislative Summit, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis
is seeking recommendations from stakeholders to supplement ongoing work to address climate change. The Select Committee is requesting input on issues like decarbonizing the transportation sector, resilience and adaptation for communities, carbon pricing and many others.
Staff from the Committee reached out directly to ACT for information on TDM and its potential to address mobile source emissions. They understand the challenge that the transportation sector presents in overall greenhouse gas emissions production and is very interested in promoting TDM strategies.
This is a great opportunity for ACT and our members to advance TDM as a key strategy for the nation to address the increasing percentage of greenhouse gas emissions and climate impacts generated by the transportation sector. ACT has submitted the attached letter to the Committee
and we encourage you and your organization to submit comments in support of TDM.
Some points that you might think of including are:
It is essential that the Select Committee's report on the Climate Crisis include a definition of TDM and TDM strategies as the lack of these definitions within federal code make it challenging for federal agencies to support investments in TDM initiatives, even when they know such efforts may be impactful.
Federal policy should focus on creating an efficient multimodal transportation system that moves people, while reducing dependence on single occupancy vehicles.
TDM Provides Real Options for Commuters: TDM programs and policies aim to provide commuters with a mix of reliable and affordable transportation options. Supported with effective marketing and advanced technologies, commuters can make informed choices to meet each trips unique needs, while considering cost, time, and convenience.
Reduced Traffic Congestion: With even a small reduction in the number of single occupancy vehicles on our nation's roads, commuters can see significant reductions in congestion. TDM supports the most efficient use of our existing infrastructure by increasing per person throughput and allowing more people to use our infrastructure.
Improved Public Health and Safety: With reduced reliance on personal vehicles, our communities will see cleaner air leading to direct improvements in public health. TDM initiatives that support increased levels of walking and cycling also enhance overall quality of life; and more people on our streets and sidewalks will create safer neighborhoods.
Connecting People to Jobs & Supporting Economic Activity: With more commuting options and less traffic, people will have better and more reliable access to jobs. Businesses will see increased productivity from employees who spend less time stuck in traffic; and products will move quicker to market.
Responses should be submitted by November 22, 2019 by emailing ClimateCrisisRFI@mail.house.gov
. Responses should be submitted as both a Word document and PDF. Please send ACT a copy of your comments.