Based on city plans, mobility demand is expected to grow by 9% by 2030 while CO2 emissions
are forecasted to decrease
by 25% due to greater electric vehicle adoption.
New York City’s 80x50 Plan proposes to cut emissions by 80% by 2050 through state-wide grid emission reduction, increased electric vehicle uptake due to the 2035 ban on the sale of gasoline-powered cars, increased investment in public transit, and other initiatives such as instituting a congestion charge for cars in 2024.
One of New York’s greatest assets is its comprehensive public transit network, which offers buses, trains, metro, trams, and ferries. Starting in July 2023, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), its public transit operator, kicked off a $35 million project to expand 12 subway lines. The MTA has plans both to increase frequency of trips on current lines and improve subway station infrastructure. New York also is expanding some incentive programs, like temporarily offering various free bus service lines across the city.
However, New York’s commitments to address transport emissions are still roughly 0.8 MtCO2e short of the target,
requiring an additional 30% decrease in emissions on top of current government commitments by 2030 to stay within 1.5°C of warming.