Demand a Cleaner and More Just Transportation System for CT
Connecticut has an important opportunity to invest in a transportation system that prioritizes communities living on the frontlines of poverty, pollution, and the climate crisis.
The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program (TCI-P) can help achieve this by adopting a transportation program to cap carbon emissions and generate $89 million per year for clean transportation programs — but we must secure stronger equity commitments first.
This past spring, state legislators took an important step by committing 50% of proceeds to communities that breathe the dirtiest air and lack access to quality transit. The bill passed the Senate Environment Committee but did not reach the House. Moving forward, legislators have the chance to ensure that TCI-P includes other essential equity guardrails.
Send a letter to your legislators today in order to ensure this transportation program supports cleaner air, greater decision-making power, and high-quality jobs for those who need it most.
From: [Your Name]
Dear Connecticut legislators,
In the wake of increasingly severe heat waves and the COVID-19 crisis, low-income communities of color in our state need cleaner air, better access to transportation, and high-quality jobs now. Connecticut can promote a more just, pollution-free transportation system by ensuring the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program for Connecticut includes strong equity commitments.
Incorporating the following three essential equity provisions will help to ensure that communities that breathe the dirtiest air and lack access to quality transportation can meaningfully benefit from clean transportation investments in our state.
1. Establish an Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Board with robust decision-making power and a nominating committee to nominate members to the board.
2. Improve local air quality by implementing strong accountability mechanisms, including expanded air quality monitoring in areas with the highest pollution burden.
3. Support workers by including prevailing wage and workforce development standards.
By taking these active steps, Connecticut can secure its role as a leader on equitable adoption of the Transportation and Climate Initiative Program. Thank you for standing up for access to better health, mobility options, and economic opportunity for our communities.