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For Immediate Release: 10/09/2012

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MassDOT Announces Mode Shift Goal to Triple the Share of Travel in Massachusetts by Bicycling, Transit and Walking

SPRINGFIELD AND BOSTON (Tuesday, October 9, 2012) – Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey announced today in Springfield and in Boston that MassDOT has established a visionary statewide mode shift goal of tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking. 

With the mode shift goal MassDOT will be able to foster improved quality of life by improving our environment and preserving capacity on our highway network; by letting other travel options absorb travel demand that is increasingly contributing to highway congestion that is slowing our potential for economic growth.  In addition, we will achieve positive public health outcomes by providing more healthy transportation options in a time when our children and adult neighbors are experiencing record rates of obesity.

In the face of tight budgets and scarce resources MassDOT is rising to the challenge of providing sustainable and healthy transportation choices for all of our customers.

“We all have a stake in achieving a statewide mode shift goal and establishing a sustainable transportation system that meets all our customers’ needs and that we can afford to maintain.” said MassDOT Secretary Davey.

“We are pleased MassDOT is taking steps to get more people walking, biking and taking public transportation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. “This initiative will reduce the number of cars on the road and help us make further progress towards our nation leading greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target of 25 percent by 2020.”

In collaboration with our regional transportation partners, community leaders, advocates and customers, MassDOT will reconsider what is possible for our transportation system and imagine healthier, greener and cleaner mobility.   We are not seeking to accommodate healthy transportation, rather we want to increase trips by walking, bicycling and by transit.

Transportation is second only to buildings as a source of greenhouse gas emissions, with the vast majority of transportation emissions coming from cars and trucks. Governor Patrick signed the Global Warming Solutions Act into law in 2008, and in 2010 established targets of 25 percent reduction in GHG emissions from 1990 levels by 2020 and an 80 percent reduction from 1990 levels by 2050 – the most ambitious GHG emissions limits for any state in the nation.

The Patrick Administration’s 2020 Clean Energy & Climate Plan is the roadmap of strategies and policies designed to achieve our GHG emissions reductions targets, and it includes several policies focused on the transportation sector and reductions in vehicle miles traveled, such as GreenDOT and Pay as You Drive insurance policies. Reducing our GHG emissions will reduce our contributions towards climate change and its negative effects in Massachusetts, save businesses and consumers money, and help protect our environment for generations to come.

The Commonwealth’s mode shift will be featured in MassDOT’s GreenDOT Implementation Plan being finalized this fall.  The GreenDOT Implementation Plan establishes the strategy for a multi-modal MassDOT emerge as a national leader in “greening” a state transportation system. 

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