What will transportation look like after we ramp down its climate pollution 80% or more while planning for hotter temperatures and uncertainty that are on the way?

One vision of the future, according to the best evidence, is a framework of people-first, resource-efficient mobility…electrified.1 Key elements include the following:

Inclusive, Walkable Communities

People can affordably live near where they want to go and find it safe and enjoyable to walk or roll for transportation outside.

Great Mobility Options for Everyone

Communities of every size have full public transportation service networks, starting with transit, bicycling, and walking, that provide safe, inclusive, affordable, and convenient travel and accessibility options for everyone.

Design for Accessibility Rather Than Car Flow

The main goal of transportation shifts from maximizing flows of private cars to helping people reach destinations, activities, goods, and services neutral of technology.

Transportation Energy Productivity

Economic incentives meaningfully reward people for investments and travel choices that minimize climate pollution.

Widespread Efficient Vehicle Electrification

The whole transportation system is electrified in a way that maximizes the utilization and benefits of electrification resources.

1 Based in part on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report (2022).

Further Reading

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Updated April 20, 2023

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