The Promising Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategies for the Boston Region report provides information about various transportation strategies that can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This report follows up on the recommendations of the Boston Region MPO’s 2016 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy Alternatives: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis report and details the results of an effort to identify cost-effective strategies employed by other transportation agencies and MPOs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. These agencies and MPOs were asked about their experiences concerning nine of the promising GHG emission reduction strategies identified in the 2016 report. This report discusses how those findings may help inform the Boston Region MPO’s investment decisions and planning processes as it works towards achieving its emission reduction goals, and it suggests concrete steps for the MPO to take to reduce GHG emissions in the Boston region.
This report includes descriptions of the experience of other the agencies and MPOs in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states with strategy evaluation, promotion and implementation of strategies, estimation and prediction of GHG emissions, cost-effectiveness of strategies, transportation evaluation criteria, and scenario planning. The appendices include listings of TIP evaluation criteria for all MPOs in Massachusetts and the transportation evaluation criteria used by the agencies outside of Massachusetts.