In New York, over 30% of our emissions come from the transportation sector. We are working to support new methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from public to private transportation methods. By finding new transportation alternatives, we will help in reaching the reduction of 80% by 2050.
In regards to public transportation, we are in support of increasing multimodal transportation like bus rapid transit, rails-to-trails conversions of abandoned rail lines, ferries, connected regional bike lanes and trails, and community multi-use trails that promote bicycling, walking, and safety. We also hope to continue to promote deployment of zero emission vehicles (ZEV) by significantly expanding ZEV infrastructure that benefits the grid and all electricity customers.
In order to continue to push low-carbon modes of transportation at the federal level, we are fighting to ensure proper funds are allocated to the Highway Trust fund, which funds the development of highways and mass transit systems, and to The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which funds a variety of transportation projects across the country. In addition, we are pushing for state funding for repairs and upgrades to critical freight rail lines throughout the region and state to limit truck traffic on local roads and highways.
Learn more about our programs focused on Transportation
We are in a continual push for investments to our aging water infrastructure, with an emphasis on management, incorporating a great deal of green infrastructure, support programs and incentives for clean water – both for daily living and recreational uses. With water contamination and scarcity issues on the rise, we are actively advocating for the protection of our waterways and their cleanliness.
In the age of Trump, New York is going to need to push forward innovative climate change policies that show the way for other states and create a guaranteed market for renewable energy that encourages the private sector to continue to invest.
New York’s spectacular open spaces not only provide awe-inspiring views and recreational opportunities, they help keep our children and families healthy. Our parks, rivers, lakes and oceans should be protected so future generations can enjoy them.
Every single community must have clean air to breathe, well-maintained parks for recreation, access to fresh foods from local farms, and protection from toxic chemicals. We are fighting to make this a reality.
Our greatest connection to our environment is in the food we eat and we have a responsibility to better understand what we consume, how it was grown, and where it came from.
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