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Assessing State Efforts to Integrate Transportation, Land Use and Climate Change By Rebecca Lewis
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This project explores the institutional barriers and opportunities for reducing VMT, hence GHG, through improved transportation options and smarter development patterns in four states: California,... More > Maryland, Oregon and Washington. The research team analyzed existing policy frameworks around transportation, land use and climate change, outlining the statutory context around plans and actions within state agencies and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs). The research team used content analysis to analyze existing plans under these agencies, and conducted interviews with over 40 stakeholders to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of state approaches. The research team assessed the existing policy framework within the case study states and offers recommendations for improving existing frameworks. Finally, lessons learned from these four states can inform other states attempting to reduce GHG from transportation.< Less