2030 VMT Goals and Strategies
As required by Governor Lamont’s Executive Order 21-3, on reduction of carbon emissions and preparation for the impacts of climate change, the Department of Transportation has prepared 2030 VMT Goals and Strategies. The Executive Order instructed that CTDOT set a 2030 Vehicle Miles Traveled [VMT] reduction target and develop a plan of investments to contribute to and encourage the achievement of such targeted reductions.
The purpose of including a VMT reduction target is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the vehicles individuals choose to drive in Connecticut. The target set is a 5% reduction in VMT per person by 2030 (from a 2019 baseline). While land use decisions both past and present play a very large role in VMT, as do other factors such as the economy, population demographics, fuel prices and personal choices, DOT has set forth a set of strategies that it can influence.
The strategies involving DOT that could have the largest potential influence on VMT are:
- Increase Active Transportation/Complete Streets infrastructure in areas of urban/dense residential/commercial development
- Increase in transit frequency
- Increase in transit access
- Continue to assist/partner with Municipalities who are pursuing Transit-Oriented Development
- Trip Reduction Program (e.g., employer-based programs)
The strategies above are most effective when combined with land use strategies referenced in the VMT document.