State and Local Policy Database

Sustainable Transportation Planning

Atlanta has a goal in place to reduce emissions from transportation by 20% by 2020 as part of its’ Climate Action Plan. The plan outlines several strategies to achieve this goal including: expanding the Atlanta BeltLine and other TODs, introducing parking pricing, greater transit investment, more pedestrian facilities and bicycle sharing. We did not find information on whether these goals were codified.

Last updated: January 2017 

The city of Austin has three plans that outline sustainable transportation strategies, including the Imagine Austin Plan, the Urban Trails Master Plan and the Austin Climate Plan. The city’s climate plan encourages an integrated, expanded, and affordable transportation system that supports a variety of modal options. We did not find information on specific greenhouse gas or VMT reduction goals.

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm if Baltimore has a city-wide sustainable transportation plan in place to reduce VMTs.

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm if Birmingham has a city-wide sustainable transportation plan in place to reduce VMTs.

Last updated: January 2017

As part of the city’s GoBoston plan, the city has set goals for a 5.5% reduction in per capita VMTs below 2005 by 2020, a 25% reduction in transportation greenhouse gas emissions, and to adopt a zero emission fleet by 2020.

Last updated: January 2017

Charlotte has a Transportation Action Plan in place that outlines strategies for sustainable transportation and calls for VMT reduction targets in the future. Charlotte does not have a specific, codified reduction target for VMT or greenhouse gas emissions.

Last updated: January 2017

The Chicago Forward transportation plan and Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda both include a variety of approaches to reduce VMT with the city. These include making Chicago the most bike and pedestrian friendly city in the country by adding up to 100 miles of new bicycle lanes, introducing bicycle sharing, and developing a pedestrian master plan. The City is also targeting improved transit ridership by incentivizing transit oriented development and adding bus rapid transit service. Chicago does not have a codified VMT reduction target in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Cincinnati does not have a sustainable transportation in place to reduce VMTs.

Last updated: January 2017

As part of the Cleveland Climate Action plan, Cleveland has a goal to reduce GHG emissions from the transportation section by 250,000 MTCO2e by 2030, using a 2010 baseline.

Last updated: January 2017

Columbus does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place to reduce VMTs.

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm that Dallas has a plan in place to enourage sustainable transportation. 

Last updated: January 2017

Denver has a Sustainability Community Mobility Goal in place to provide mobility options that reduce commuting travel in Denver done in single-occupant vehicles to no more than 60% of all trips. Denver also has separate plans in place to increase the length of pedestrian walkways and trails and to increase transit access.

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm if Detroit has a sustainable transportation policy in place to reduce VMTs. 

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm if El Paso has a sustainable transportation poicy in place in order to reduce VMTs or greenhouse gas emissions. 

Last updated: January 2017

Fort Worth does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable freight plan

We could not confirm if Hartford has a sustainable freight transportation plan in place or if the city has any policies that address freight efficiency.

Smart freight

We could not confirm if Hartford employs an internet-based application or service to coordinate freight transport.

Last updated: January 2017

We  could not confirm if Houston has a sustinable transportation in place in order to reduce VMTs or greenhouse gas emissions. 

Last updated: January 2017

Indianapolis does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm if Jacksonville has a sustainable transportation plan to reduce VMTs. 

Last updated: January 2017

Kansas City has  Livable Streets plan that encourages active living, including utilization of walking and biking as transportation alternatives. The city also has codified GHG reduction targets for the transportation sector within its’ Climate Protection Plan.

Last updated: January 2017

Las Vegas has a Mobility Master Plan in place that makes recommendations for vehicular, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvements over a 20 year time frame. The plan includes over 180 multimodal transportation improvements projects. Las Vegas does not have a codified VMT or greenhouse gas reduction target in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Los Angeles has a Mobility Plan which outlines several strategies to increase the use of alternative mobility options and direct growth to transit-rich locations. Within the Sustainable City pLAn, the city established a citywide goal of reducing daily VMT per capita by at least 5% from 2012 levels by 2025 and 10% by 2035.

Last updated: January 2017

Move Louisville is the city’s 20-year multi-modal plan that aims to fix and maintain the existing infrastructure in the city and reduce the number of miles that Louisvillians drive by providing and improving mobility options. Sustain Louisville is another plan that contains a goal to decrease transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020.

Last updated: January 2017

Memphis does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Miami’s GreenPrint Plan contains strategies for creating and connecting sustainable neighborhoods and providing more transportation options and reducing the time spent in cars.

Last updated: January 2017

The Refresh Milwaukee Sustainability plan promotes new sustainable transportation options.

Last updated: January 2017

Access Minneapolis is the city’s transportation action plan that addresses a full range of transportation options and issues, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit, automobiles, and freight. The city does not have codified greenhouse gas or VMT reduction goals.

Last updated: January 2017

Nashville does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

New Orleans’ Metropolitan Transportation Plan outlines several strategies to encourage or increase transportation choices beyond single-occupancy vehicles. These strategies include increased transit use, pedestrian facilities, and expanded bike lanes. We could not information on whether the city has specific VMT or greenhouse gas reduction targets.  

Last updated: January 2017

The New York City Department of Transportation’s Strategic Plan focuses on safe, green, smart, and equitable transportation in the city. The plan announces 105 initiatives, including improving street safety to encourage walking, expanding bike lanes, enhancing transit, better managing freight, and restructure parking policy.

Last updated: January 2017

Oklahoma City does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Orlando’s 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan emphasizes multimodal transportation and smart growth land use principles to explore ways land use can improve the efficiency of the transportation system.

Last updated: January 2017

Philadelphia's Greenworks contains specific VMT reduction targets. 

Last updated: January 2017

Phoenix does not have a sustainable transportation policy in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Pittsburgh’s Climate Action Plan contains recommendations for promoting sustainable transportation options. The city does not have codified goals in place for VMT or greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Last updated: January 2017

Portland’s 2035 Transportation System Plan includes specific sustainable transportation policies including one to reduce carbon emissions, air pollution, water pollution, and reliance on vehicles. As part of the City’s Portland Plan and Climate Action Plan, the city council has adopted targets to reduce the number of miles Portlanders travel by car to 11 miles per day on average by 2035. The city also has a goal to reduce transportation-related carbon emissions to 50% below 1990 levels by 2035 as well.

Last updated: January 2017

Providence’s Sustainability plan contains a chapter dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation. VMT is tracked as a key metric, but there are no targets or goals in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Raleigh does not have a sustainable transportation plan in place.

Last updated: January 2017

Richmond’s Sustainability Plan, RVAgreen contains a transportation section with the following objectives:  reducing VMTs, managing parking supply to encourage alternative modes of transportation, and turning the city into a bike and pedestrian friendly city.

Last updated: January 2017

Sustainable transportation is a part of Riverside’s Green Action Plan. The plan contains specific targets to decrease VMT by 15% by 2015 based on a 2009 baseline. Strategies include encouraging the use of bicycles by increasing the number of bike trails, promoting alternative modes of transportation and expanding public transit.

Last updated: January 2017

Sacramento’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy prioritizes investments that maintain, preserve, and make more efficient use of existing road and transit assets to help defer or eliminate the need for infrastructure expansions.

Last updated: January 2017

We could not confirm if Salt Lake City has a sustainable transportation policy in place. 

Last updated: January 2017

San Antonio’s Sustainability Plan, SA Tomorrow was adopted in 2016. It focuses on sustainable land use patterns and modes of transportation and an improve infrastructure, including smart, mixed-use, and transit oriented development practices and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, alternative fuels, transit options, and complete streets. The city also had a codified target to reduce VMT per capita to 16.5 by 2040.

Last updated: January 2017

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan has a comprehensive plan to reduce VMTs through increasing the use of mass transit, implementing pedestrian improvements in Transit Priority Area to increase commuter walking opportunities, implementing the City’s Bicycle Master Plan to increase commuter bicycle opportunities, and promoting effective land use to reduce VMTs. The city also has a specific greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for its transportation sector. One goal is reduce average vehicle commute distance by two miles through implementation of the General Plan City of Village Strategy by 2035 and another is to reduce emissions 109,576 MT/CO2e by 2035.

Last updated: January 2017

San Francisco’s Transportation Sustainability Program (TSP) is comprised of three components: enhance transportation to support growth, modernize environmental review, and encourage sustainable travel. Also, the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission has a 15% per capita reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2035.

Last updated: January 2017

Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan outlines several strategies to increase sustainable transportation. The overarching strategy is to design and encourage the development of a multimodal system that gives priorities to the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users.

Last updated: January 2017

Seattle’s Transportation Strategic Plan outlines the specific strategies, projects, and programs that implement broader citywide goals and policies for transportation in the city. Some of the strategies include designing transportation infrastructure in urban villages to support land use goals for compact neighborhoods, encourage planning and designing of city transportation facilities, and establishing multi-modal hubs providing transfer points between transit modes in urban centers and urban villages.

Last updated: January 2017

St. Louis’ Sustainability Plan calls for the improvement of energy efficiency in the transportation sector. Strategies outlined include equitable access to transportation and pilot transportation improvement districts.

Last updated: January 2017

The city of Tampa has a comprehensive plan with an mobility element to provide multi-modal mobility with all mode of travel such as transit (bus, ferry and rail), cycling and walking. We did not find information on specific greenhouse gas or VMT reduction targets.

Last updated: January 2017

Virginia Beach has a sustainable transportation plan to reduce VMTs is part of a broader sustainability plan. It includes language stating that they strive for a per-capita net reduction of motor vehicle trips and trip distances. The city does not have a codified VMT reduction target.

Last updated: January 2017

Washington DC’s Multimodal Long-Range Transportation Plan, moveDC is focused on improving transportation conditions in the District for all its residents, workers, visitors by making strategic investments in its significant networks—transit, bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicles—while also supporting significant District goals related to neighborhood vitality, environmental stewardship, and global competitiveness.

Last updated: January 2017