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MIT Study: Energy-Efficient Cars, Public Transportation Are Best Options For Traffic And The Planet

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Morning traffic heading north on I-93 in Dorchester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Morning traffic heading north on I-93 in Dorchester. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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New research from MIT lays out a vision for sustainable transportation in Massachusetts cities.

The study highlights the wider use of energy-efficient cars and public transportation as ways to protect the environment and reduce traffic congestion. But the authors note there are technical and logistical obstacles — along with our love of owning cars — to making those changes happen.

Joanna Moody, research program manager at MIT's Energy Initiative and an author on the study, joined WBUR's Morning Edition host Bob Oakes.

This segment aired on November 19, 2019.

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