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September 22, 2020

Exploring Innovative Transportation Policies

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Exploring Innovative Transportation Policies

The Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI)—a collection of Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia—is considering a carbon price on transportation fuels, with revenues to be invested in modernizing the transportation sector. The TCI seeks to expand safe and reliable transportation options, lower transportation costs, improve overall air quality and public health, as well as mitigate climate change.

Three organizations—Resources for the Future (RFF), Environmental Defense Fund, and Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions—organized a two-day virtual workshop to inform conversations among the states about how this effort can be most effective. The workshop was held under the Chatham House Rule, but many speakers granted permission to post their presentations along with the agenda on RFF's website.

The workshop featured four panel discussions:

  • Panel I: Effectiveness and Behavioral Responses to Carbon Pricing and Vehicle Regulations under Existing Policies
  • Panel II: Distributional Effects of Transportation Policy
  • Panel III: Investments on Carbon Revenue: Efficacy and Impacts across Groups
  • Panel IV: Changing the Rules: State and Local Policies and Potential Interactions with Carbon Pricing