Over two years of research, collaboration, and public dialogue have gone into creating the GreenDOT Implementation Plan that provides the framework for embedding sustainability principles into core business practices at MassDOT. This Plan fundamentally changes our priorities and choices across all elements of our transportation system, from facility operations to future project selection and design.
The Plan builds off the GreenDOT Policy, established in 2010 with three primary objectives: reduce greenhouse gas emissions; promote the healthy transportation options of bicycling, public transit and walking; and support smart growth development. The Plan references the many innovations already underway at MassDOT including:
- utilizing low emission transit vehicles,
- investing in hybrid light duty vehicles,
- retrofitting tunnel and traffic signal lights with energy efficient LED bulbs,
- issuing electric vehicle license plates,
- reducing mowing along state highways,
- and repaving roadways with warm mix asphalt.
At the same time, the plan looks to initiate new ideas and aggressive measures to take our sustainability work to the next level.
The Final GreenDOT Implementation Plan now includes our visionary statewide mode shift goal of tripling the share of travel in Massachusetts by bicycling, transit and walking by 2030. With this mode shift goal, MassDOT will foster improved quality of life by enhancing our environment and preserving capacity on our highway network. Increased transit, bicycling, and walking options would absorb travel demand that contributes to highway congestion and limits economic growth. We will also achieve positive public health outcomes by providing more healthy transportation options for all our communities.
To learn more, please view the GreenDOT Implementation Plan.