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Our transportation climate index ranking
Cars with their headlines on driving on a paved road.
The VMT climate factor captures how many miles vehicles travel in a city on average each day. | Photo via Pexels
Streetlight released its 2024 US Transportation Climate Impact Index, which ranks the top 100 most populated metros across eight key climate impact factors. We’re breaking down the numbers + diving into Richmond’s ranking.

Behind the methodology

Each of the eight climate factors — vehicle miles traveled (VMT), fuel economy, transit ridership, EV penetration (number of electric vehicles per 100 people), biking activity, pedestrian activity, truck miles traveled, and VMT change — were assigned a weight “based on their relative climate impact.” Utilizing the ranking results for each factor, cities were then given an overall ranking.

Learn more about how each climate factor was measured.

Key themes

  • Vehicle miles traveled — the largest contributor to a city’s emission levels — bounced back since taking a dip in 2020.
  • Biking sustained popularity, but pedestrian activity “dropped significantly.”
  • The number of electric vehicles per 100 people is still relatively low. Read: We’re still not seeing a large saturation of EVs; most cities saw fewer than one EV per 100 people.
In addition to discovering key themes, the data can aid in identifying where improvements are needed and where current efforts are making an impact in each city.

How we ranked

Richmond ranked No. 84 on the transportation climate index. The city’s key factor rankings are:
  • VMT: No. 90
  • Fuel economy: No. 71
  • Transit ridership: No. 45
  • EV penetration: No. 60
  • Biking activity: No. 70
  • Pedestrian activity: No. 65
  • Truck miles traveled: No. 60
  • VMT change: No. 37
No city is perfect. The River City could receive a higher ranking on the transportation climate index with a few extra efforts. For example, the Central Virginia Transportation Authority’s continued focus on various transportation projects could positively impact transit ridership as well as biking and pedestrian activity. Other factor rankings may benefit from city council’s recent approval of the Richmond Connects plan that aims to make the city’s transportation network more equitable.
Which of the eight key climate factors is the largest contributor to a city’s emission levels?

A. Vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
B. Fuel economy
C. Transit ridership
D. Other
Tuesday, April 2
  • “Tina” | Tuesday, April 2-Sunday, April 7 | Times vary | Altria Theater, 6 N. Laurel St., Richmond | $30-$103.50 | The musical tells the story of the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, complete with a soundtrack of her most beloved hits.
Wednesday, April 3
  • Movie Matinees: “Elemental” | Wednesday, April 3 | 2-4 p.m. | RPL West End Branch, 5420 Patterson Ave., Richmond | Free | Bring the family for a screening of the Pixar film with popcorn provided.
  • Blending with Brambly | Wednesday, April 3 | 6-8 p.m. | Brambly Park, 1708 Belleville St., Richmond | $55 | Work with a winemaker to create a custom blended bottle of red wine while learning tasting notes.
Thursday, April 4
  • Floral Chic: DIY Boutonnieres & Corsages | Thursday, April 4 | 6-8 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond | Members: $66, non-members: $79 | Learn how to make contemporary floral wearables; all flowers are provided but bring your own floral snips.
  • Action Pack | Thursday, April 4 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Coalition Theater, 8 W. Broad St., Richmond | $5-$10 | Get your laughs in at this improv comedy night with Nick Leveski and Patrick Gantz.
Friday, April 5
  • Friends of the Library Book Sale | Friday, April 5-Sunday, April 7 | Cost of purchase | RPL Main Branch, 101 E. Franklin St., Richmond | Free | Get books for $3 and under, with proceeds benefiting Richmond Public Library programming.
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News Notes
  • Chesterfield County driver Danny Hamlin won the NASCAR Toyota Owner 400 race in an overtime finish at Richmond Raceway. This was Hamlin’s second win of the season + he’s currently holding third place in the NASCAR Cup Series Standings with 252 points. (8News)
  • Richmond-based laundromat chain Neighborhood Laundromat has a new location at 10724 Hull Street Rd., Chesterfield. This is Neighborhood’s fourth location + it includes 28 washers and 16 dryers. The laundromat is 2,400 sqft and occupies the former space of a 7-Eleven. (Richmond BizSense)
  • Join Shelf Life Books, bbgb, and Zorch Pizza on Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for their Sensory-Friendly Shopping Hour. Zorch will reduce noises while serving plain cheese and pepperoni pizzas and Shelf Life and bbgb will dim their lights, play soft music, and silence phone and point of sale system alerts.
Try This
  • Calling all creatives. The Veiling Brewing Co. is hosting Drink + Draw Night at its Forest Hill location on Tuesday, April 16 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join the brewery’s creative director Tim Skirven for an evening of community and creativity that welcomes all skill levels. All materials will be provided.
  • Mocktail lovers, take note. Point 5 is hosting a free non-alcoholic pop-up event at Kava Club on Saturday, April 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Follow Point 5 on Instagram for more details to come.
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