Local and Regional Strategies for Improving Transportation System Efficiency: Case Studies of Vehicle Miles Reduction Programs Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

White Paper

Author(s)

Eric Mackres

Description:

Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction programs have an important role to play in improving transportation system efficiency and energy efficiency in general.  VMT reduction programs are an eligible use of many energy efficiency related funds managed by the Department of Energy (DOE) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

This document characterizes the general nature of VMT reduction projects funded by these programs and provides specific project case studies from three sub-categories of projects: bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure; mode shift and trip reduction programs; and community planning. The three programs profiled are: Mill Creek Restoration Project (Cincinnati, Ohio); Downtown: On the Go! (Tacoma, Washington); and Integrated Planning (Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission, Vermont). These and other local and regional efforts undertaking VMT reduction programs are successfully making progress toward reduced energy use in their communities while simultaneously providing economic stimulus and other non-energy benefits.

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Related Presentation

This presenation by Therese Langer, ACEEE's Transportation Program Director, covers two major issues around launching and sustaining local and regional programs that aim to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and create more sustainable communities: quantification of energy savings and outreach and marketing.  This presentation was hosted by the Department of Energy's Technical Assistance Program and primarily tailored to Energy Efficiency Block Grant (EECBG) and State Energy Program (SEP) grantees.

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