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4/29/2011    Sustainability



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SFMTA drafts strategy to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions



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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has released a draft of its climate action strategy designed to reduce the transportation system’s carbon emissions, including that of the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni).

When finalized, the strategy will become part of the city’s climate action plan as called for in Proposition A, which San Francisco voters approved in 2007. The strategy will include transportation policies designed to meet the city’s greenhouse-gas reduction goal of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

SFMTA proposes six separate plans that “create the foundation for a financially, environmentally and socially sustainable transportation system,” agency officials said in a prepared statement.

The plans are organized under two categories: travel demand management, which covers travel choice, demand pricing and transit-oriented development; and infrastructure support, which addresses transit improvements, complete streets and electric vehicles.

“We will seek broad support for SMFTA programs, goals and investment strategies to help reduce overall carbon emissions while creating a more livable city,” said Tom Nolan, SFMTA chairman.

Muni vehicles account for 1 percent of the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and already are part of one of the cleanest multi-modal transportation systems in the world, according to the agency.


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