WALNUT CREEK, CA – The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) has received $ 400,000 to develop a Vehicle Mileage Mitigation (VMT) framework that will ultimately help Contra Costa County fight climate change. The more kilometers vehicles travel, the more greenhouse gases and air pollution are emitted into the atmosphere. The VMT Mitigation Framework project aims to help the ACCT to better define, analyze and develop options to mitigate the environmental effects of projects through Contra Costa.
With funding made possible through a sustainable planning grant from the California Department of Transportation, one element of the study will explore the possibility for developers and transportation agencies – whose projects are helping increase VMT – to offset emissions through payment in a “VMT mitigation program”. VMT’s mitigation program funds could then support green projects that help reduce overall VMT in Contra Costa County, generating a positive impact on the climate, environment and public health.
“This groundbreaking study will establish a framework for a more holistic approach to analyzing future development and transportation projects that will not only help local agencies like ours plan for a more sustainable future, but could serve as a model for agencies to. across the state, ”said CCTA Executive Director Timothy Haile.
California Senate Bill 743 (SB 743) reformed the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process to require local jurisdictions to assess the traffic impacts of new developments by measuring VMT, so that environmental impacts related to transportation are tracked to align with the state’s greenhouse gases. emission reduction targets. Undertaking this study is just one of the ways the CCTA is working to mitigate the impact of vehicle kilometers traveled in order to reduce harmful pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions across the country.
The ACTC also brings its expertise to the service of the SB 743 Implementation Working Group, a forward-thinking consortium of agencies providing thought leadership to the state on the subject of VMT mitigation.
About the Contra Costa Transport Authority
The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) is a public body formed by the voters of Contra Costa in 1988 to manage the county’s transportation sales tax program and oversee county-wide transportation planning efforts. With a staff of twenty managing a series of multi-billion dollar projects and programs, CCTA is responsible for the planning, financing and delivery of transportation infrastructure projects and programs throughout the county. The ACTC also serves as the county-appointed congestion management agency responsible for implementing programs to manage traffic levels. More information on the CCTA is available at ccta.net.