1. Infrastructure policies. Namely, how difficult do states make land use and related policies for a car-oriented culture.
2. Investment decisions. In short, how much State-coerced taxpayer money is spent on "smart growth" and public transportation boondoogles.
3. "Touchstone" policies. These are described as policies which "show the depth of a state's intention to reduce transportation sector emissions." The key word here is intention; or, more bluntly, how inclined are these provincial rubes in the statehouses and bureaucracies prepared to follow our lead.
As a result, it should come as no surprise that those states which get the best scores are the same which have some of the highest budget deficits and worst economies (e.g. top-ranked California, Maryland, and New Jersey) and the lowest scorers are those with manageable state government fiscal problems and better economies (e.g. western, midwestern, and southern states).
Here are just a few of the strategies these green totalitarians want the several states to embrace:
- By 2020, lower fares by 25% in public transit except where systems are already at capacity.
- Road weather management fully deployed on freeways by 2030.- School curriculums include safe cycling skills for children.
- New or fully-reconstructed streets in denser neighborhoods (>4,000 persons/sq mi and business districts)incorporate traffic calming measures such as bulb-outs and median refuges to shorten street-crossing distances