Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 2/28)

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Here is what is being said about the Highways to Boulevards movement this week. If you come across any articles, feel free to share and please let me know if you have any questions.


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Highways to Boulevards news

Biden’s infrastructure bill to heal Black areas split by highways – Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Thomson Reuters Foundation News February 26, 2022

A rowhouse at Glenn Smith’s old Baltimore address is still standing – decades after he was forced out to make way for a grand highway project that never happened.


Durham-Chapel Hill long-range plan eliminates many highways | Raleigh News & Observer

The News & Observer February 26, 2022

The organization that does transportation planning for Durham and much of Orange County wants the state to spend less on building new freeways and widening existing ones.


Oregon Republicans threaten to walk away from I-5 expansion if Washington fuel tax moves forward

Bike Portland February 26, 2022

When Interstate Bridge Replacement program administrator Greg Johnson was briefing the project’s equity advisory group earlier this week about the negotiations over a transportation package in Washington State, he told them the IBR was not “at the center” of those negotiations.


Driving on the Right: America’s Polarized Transportation Policy February 26, 2022

For a lot of Americans outside of cities like New York, D.C., San Francisco, Chicago, most people don’t use transit.


Imagining the Twin Cities without I-94 | MinnPost

MinnPost February 26, 2022

Over the years, every time I’ve even hinted at the possibility of removing I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul, I’ve been met with blank stares.


The time is now to build ‘world-class infrastructure’ in south Phoenix, residents say – AZCentral

AZCentral February 28, 2022

The Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, which sits alongside light-rail construction at Central and Watkins avenues, was a tranquil foil to the rustling of cars and construction trucks rushing by.


Proposal to replace I-94 with a boulevard between Minneapolis and St. Pau

Bring Me the News March 1, 2022

As officials weigh the future of Interstate 94 through the Twin Cities, some are pushing to replace it altogether.


Cities Should Study Black History Before Spending Federal Infrastructure Funds — RISMedia

RISMedia March 1, 2022

State and local governments will soon receive an influx of federal cash from the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, signed into law in November 2021.


Houston Interstate Widening Continues To Threaten Communities | Planetizen News

Planetizen March 1, 2022

The proposed freeway expansion in downtown Houston has faced searing backlash from local residents who see the project as a relic of the era of rampant freeway construction and neighborhood disruption.


Why the Concept of Induced Demand Is a Hard Sell March 1, 2022

Both the public and policymakers have trouble understanding why building more roads and highways does not reduce congestion.


Staving off potential climate impacts from $1 trillion infrastructure bill – FreightWaves

FreightWaves March 1, 2022

A recent New York Times article discussed how infrastructure funding in the U.S. could increase carbon emissions if measures aren’t in place to prevent that


Rip out I-94, start again? As MnDOT preps ‘Rethinking I-94,’ a once-radical idea gains fans

Pioneer Press March 2, 2022

When San Francisco’s double-decker Embarcadero Freeway was badly damaged by an earthquake in 1989, the city chose to rip it out entirely.


50 groups ask Pritzker to focus federal funding on sustainable, equitable transportation …

Streetsblog Chicago March 2, 2022

Illinois governor J.B. Pritzker generally has a decent record on sustainable transportation. But while he’s talked about wanting to make our state a leader in the fight against climate change, he has a frustrating blind spot when it comes to highway expansion.


Biden administration recognizes states’ highway spending role, Buttigieg says | Reuters

Reuters March 3, 2022

 U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg will tell a U.S Senate committee on Wednesday that the Biden administration recognizes the role of states in deciding how to prioritize using federal highway funds.


Partisan cracks emerge over how to implement $1T infrastructure law | TheHill

The Hill March 3, 2022

Partisan fissures emerged Wednesday during a Senate hearing about how to implement the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package signed into law by President Biden last year.


Induced Demand Is Hard to Explain – But It’s Crucial to Get It – Streetsblog California

Streetsblog California March 3, 2022

For years, researchers have talked about the concept of “induced demand,” pointing out that when highways are widened so they can carry more cars, they end up creating more congestion


Shifting Gears | U.S. PIRG

US PIRG March 3, 2022

The U.S. system of transportation finance is broken.


When Will We Believe in Induced Demand? | Planetizen News

Planetizen March 4, 2022

The well-documented concept has yet to catch on in state departments of transportation, but acknowledging it could dramatically transform U.S. transportation policy.