Next Steps for TCI Regional Policy Development

Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI) states are developing a regional policy for low-carbon transportation following the December 18, 2018, statement by nine states and Washington DC committing to:

“…design a regional low-carbon transportation policy proposal that would cap and reduce carbon emissions from the combustion of transportation fuels through a cap-and-invest program or other pricing mechanism… [and]… to complete the policy development process within one year, after which each jurisdiction will decide whether to adopt and implement the policy.”

TCI jurisdictions have been actively working to develop and implement a workplan that lives up to this commitment. This workplan was designed with the goal of developing a policy that accelerates the transition to a low-carbon transportation future and  delivers a better, cleaner, more resilient transportation system that benefits all our communities particularly those underserved by current transportation options and overburdened by pollution, while making significant reductions in greenhouse gases and other harmful air pollution across the region.

With ongoing facilitation support from the Georgetown Climate Center, TCI states are planning and beginning to implement a range of activities to ensure that the final proposed policy reflects further input from diverse stakeholders, rigorous technical analysis, and consultation with leading experts. 

Public Workshops and Webinars

TCI is planning to host a series of workshops to explore a range of issues that will be central to the design of a proposed regional low-carbon transportation policy.  These events will serve as important opportunities for TCI jurisdictions to consult with experts, and businesses, residents, and communities who might inform the policy.  In-person workshops will also serve as key opportunities for regional stakeholder engagement and these events will be bolstered by topical webinars and ongoing state outreach to constituents within their respective jurisdictions. 

The following TCI workshops are planned thus far for the coming months with additional workshops to be added over the course of the year:

April 30, 2019: 

Technical Workshop: Regional Cap and Invest for Transportation, Key Design Elements
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Topics to be covered at this workshop:

  • Cost Containment and Program Ambition
  • Modeling Strategies and
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Fuel Coverage and Compliance

Register for the technical workshop here. Please register by April 26. An online livestream will be available for those unable to attend.

May 15, 2019: 

TCI Workshop and Roundtable Discussion: Regional Cap and Invest for Transportation - Advancing Equity and Creating Opportunities for All Communities
New Jersey Innovation Institute Agile Strategies Lab
Central King Building, 100 Summit St., Newark NJ 07103
9:30 am to 3:30 pm

  • Transportation priorities in underserved and disproportionately affected communities;
  • Reducing transportation emissions;
  • Ways to foster transportation equity in rural, suburban, and urban communities;
  • Ways a regional low-carbon transportation policy can complement other equity-related efforts
Please register by May 9 if you plan to attend in person, as space is limited. An online livestream will be available for those unable to attend. 


Date and Location TBA:

  • Technical Workshop: Low-Carbon Transportation Investments, Strategies and Outcomes