Planning for Low-Carbon Urban Transportation Systems
Abstract: The ability to move freely within and between cities using a variety of transportation modes has greatly enhanced Americans' quality of life but has come at a grave cost to the climate and to public health. The transportation sector in the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions and is the fastest growing contributor to climate change. It is imperat... read moreive that transportation emissions level off and begin to decline within the next decade to reach climate goals. Cities across the country have committed and begun to implement climate action plans, all of which include goals for reducing transportation emissions. This thesis explores how urban areas are planning for low-carbon transportation systems by focusing on five U.S. cities to gain an understanding of existing plans and policies to reduce urban transportation emissions, as well as the associated challenges and opportunities therein.
Thesis (M.S.)--Tufts University, 2018.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisors: Mary Davis, and Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Public policy, Environmental science, and Transportation.read less