Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant to SCAG
Transportation Broadband Strategies to Reduce VMT and GHG Study
|The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) awarded a Sustainable Communities Grant to the Southern California Association (SCAG) to study and assess the relationship between ubiquitous availability of broadband to all residents and the reduction of vehicle trips and associated vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and decreased greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Each Regional Broadband Consortium (RBC) conducted outreach to stakeholders and convened focus groups to inform the study to determine the potential for broadband to reduce VMT and GHG in the SCAG Region to meet targets for GHG reduction set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Overall Observations and Conclusions
All of the activities associated with this study reveal an emerging sense of a “new normal” among stakeholders and residents that access to the Internet is essential and that Digital Equity is an imperative. Further, all of the data collection and analysis by the Technical Consultants and Civic Leadership Partners conclude there can be tangible reduction in vehicle trips and associated decreases in VMT and GHG as a result in broadband ubiquitous deployment and universal adoption. However, the amount of GHG decrease to help address climate change that can be derived from broadband “as a green strategy” depends on policy and practice leadership from public and private stakeholders through a focused initiative with quantified goals.
|Final Report 2022
REGIONAL BROADBAND CONSORTIUM STAKEHOLDERS
Inland Empire Regional Broadband Consortium
Broadband Consortium Pacific Coast
Los Angeles Digital Equity Action League
Southern Border Broadband Consortium