The nation's transit system
links regions and connects cities, counties, and states. Local governments play a major role in
providing and managing the nation's transit services. However, local government transit management is about more than
just moving people and products. City and
county managers are responsible for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of
their constituents, that includes pursuing better outcomes in public health, affordable
housing, job access, energy efficiency and sustainable quality of life in
their communities. Local governments recognize that sound transit investments
and management can help them achieve these outcomes. Their unique position allows them to see the bigger picture; not
only in the long-term effects of a specific program, but also in how the
multitude of local government programs can become intricately linked together
and influence each
other. Local officials need resources
and tools to safeguard their transit systems and to build partnerships among
transportation, public safety, and other professionals regionally to improve
transit services and the quality of life. A balanced, well-designed
transportation system that allows people to get around by car, transit,
bicycle, and walking is a key element of a livable community (Local
EPA Guide to Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures: The guide describes opportunities for transportation agencies to incorporate environmental, economic, and social sustainability into decision-making through the use of performance measures. Performance measures allow decision-makers to quickly observe the effects of a proposed transportation plan or project, or to monitor trends in transportation system performance over time. The guide describes 12 performance measures that can readily be used in transportation decision-making, and for each, it presents possible metrics, summarizes analytical methods and data sources, and illustrates its use by one or more transportation agencies.
State and Local Transportation Resources: In communities throughout the country, state and local leaders are seeking to balance their air quality, climate, and transportation goals. This Web site provides useful information, tools, and links to resources that identify emission reduction strategies, national policies, regulations, incentive-based programs, funding sources, calculators, and other types of assistance to help states and local areas achieve their air quality and transportation objectives.
EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) protects public health and the
environment by regulating air pollution from motor vehicles, engines, and the
fuels used to operate them, and by encouraging travel choices that minimize
emissions. These "mobile sources" include cars and light trucks, heavy
trucks and buses, nonroad recreational vehicles (such as dirt bikes and
snowmobiles), farm and construction machines, lawn and garden equipment, marine
engines, aircraft, and locomotives.
DOT Equitable Transportation Community (ETC) Explorer.Interactive web application that uses 2020 Census Tracts and data to explore five components of cumulative communities burden as a result of underinvestment in transportation: Transportation Insecurity, Climate and Disaster Risk Burden, Environmental Burden, Health Vulnerability and Social Vulnerability.
Where You Live Each EPA Regional Office is responsible for the execution of the Agency's programs within its states. This link provides a map and listing of Regional Offices to access to your region's energy related programs and websites.
Climate Change State Resource
Locator. Use this tool to locate state climate change resources. You will
find links to state climate change main pages, state action plans, climate policies and more.
American Coalition for
Ethanol A national organization representing ethanol producers, farmers, commodity
organizations, suppliers of goods and services to the industry, rural electric
cooperatives, and others supportive of the increased production and use of
Board A national trade association representing the biodiesel industry as the
coordinating body for research and development in the United States.