Transportation for Livable Communities
350Vermont’s transportation initiative is focused on transforming Vermont’s transportation system to strengthen community, improve health and opportunity for all people, foster a sound economy, and protect our natural resources.
Through community organizing, education and advocacy we will actively and rapidly promote a transportation system that encourages low carbon transit, and that emphasizes walking, bicycling, and thoughtful community and economic development.
Currently Vermont’s transportation systems and our municipal and economic structures are designed around cars, not people and transportation is the largest source of climate changing greenhouse gases in the state. Furthermore, today’s public transit system is woefully inadequate to meet the basic day-to-day needs of working families in our mostly rural state.
While we see work being done to electrify transportation and build major rail and other large scale infrastructure over time, we believe these changes are happening too slowly to reduce our carbon output in the short term (to protect our climate) and that they largely ignore today’s very real transportation needs.
Through a series of community listening forums that 350Vermont and the Vermont Workers’ Center organized around the state this year we discovered that Vermonters already have a clear vision for a transformed transit system–built around people–that fully meets today’s transportation needs for our state. There was also strong opinions that Vermonters, the people who live and use this transportation system, can and should play a more significant role in actively creating these changes.
The next phase of our work will involve cooperative program development aimed at changes at the grassroots level that empower people and local businesses and institutions to rapidly transform our transportation culture and practices. Working with our communities we will:
- Promote a vision for Vermont transportation built on walking and biking that sustains the health of our population and protects our natural environment
- Support organizing at the community level to advocate for effective public transit today
- Develop local and state programs to encourage work at home models and other dencentralized office stuructures
- Develop community based models to expand local rideshare and carshare systems
- Develop reward and incentive programs for the people who are already moving beyond cars and using public transit and walking and biking
- Advocate for significant investment in meaningful infrastructure and real policy changes to support these citizen programs
If you would like to join this initiative please contact Andrew Simon Andy@350VT.org
See below for addional informaton about the thinking and research that informs our work: