Sustainability on the T
The MBTA is one of the busiest transit systems in the country, with more than 1 million daily riders. Providing public transit to the residents of Boston takes more cars off the road, reduces the city's carbon footprint, and supports a more sustainable future for all of us.
Due to rising sea levels and stronger, more frequent weather events, we anticipate that climate change will have system-wide impacts.
We have taken the following steps to mitigate these risks:
- A comprehensive analysis of the current system to understand which routes and stations are at the highest risk
- A plan for tracking, managing, and updating at-risk infrastructure
- A new vetting process for engineering and development decisions based on climate change adaptation criteria
Partnerships and Recognition
In 2010, MassDOT launched the GreenDOT plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, establish reliable and safe transportation options for the Greater Boston area, and plan for future impacts of climate change.
In 2012, the acting General Manager of the MBTA, Jonathan R. Davis, signed the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Sustainability Commitment Pledge, which sets standards for environmental preservation, social responsibility, economic viability of the system, and overall quality of life for commuters.
The MBTA was recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs for its outstanding effort to implement policies and programs that have decreased energy consumption per passenger trip by 12.9%.
The MBTA's first sustainability bond issuance was recognized as The Bond Buyer's 2017 Northeast Regional Deal of the Year and was a finalist for the National Deal of the Year. Proceeds from MBTA sustainability bonds are used to finance projects with clear environmental, social, and economic benefits.