The How Far Can We Get? Study was initiated by the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board in fall 2013 to better understand the level of emission reductions that are achievable through a reasonable level of reduction measure implementation, and to inform the region’s next long range transportation plan, Maximize2040. The How Far Can We Get Oversight Committee was formed to handle the decision-making and oversight of the study, conducted by BMC staff.
The objectives of the study were to understand:
- The level of existing and future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the region’s transportation system;
- How far the region can reduce GHG emissions through transportation emission reduction measures (TERMs); and,
- Options to address GHG’s in the Baltimore region’s long-range transportation plan, Maximize2040.
The federal fuel economy and Tier 3/low sulfur fuel programs for light-duty vehicles from 2017-2025 can reduce GHG emissions 11.7% in 2030 and 17.6% in 2040. Additionally, the recommended strategies from this report, the Vehicle Technology Plus/Marketing Scenario, estimate a 2.9% reduction in 2030 and a 9.8% reduction in 2040. When combined these strategies may result in up to a 15% and 27% reduction in GHG emissions in 2030 and 2040, respectively.