Connecticut Governor On Legislation To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Connecticut Governor On Legislation To Reduce Carbon Emissions

Governor Lamont Applauds Committee Passage of Legislation To Reduce Transportation-Related Carbon Emissions

HARTFORD, CT (STL.News) Governor Ned Lamont is applauding the Connecticut General Assembly’s Environment Committee for voting today to approve legislation that will authorize the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Transportation to implement the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P).

TCI-P is a multi-jurisdictional program that will guarantee that Connecticut achieves at least a 26% reduction in carbon emissions from transportation by capping carbon pollution and investing $1 billion in clean transportation solutions between 2023 and 2032.  Those investments could include new infrastructure projects, transit programs, and quality-of-life improvements such as increasing the number of trains on the Waterbury Line from 15 to 22 each weekday, continuing the free weekend bus service Governor Lamont announced this week, and building new sidewalks, bike lanes, and biking and walking trails.

Since December, when Governor Lamont signed the memorandum of understanding to join TCI-P, the administration has met regularly with equity and environmental justice stakeholders on design and implementation of the program, identifying additional investments to the TCI-P.  Substitute language for the legislation that advanced out of the committee includes several such improvements, including increasing by 50% the minimum amount of TCI-P revenues that must be spend on communities overburdened and underserved by the transportation system. 

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