Freeway Fighters Digest (week of 4/1)

Lauren MayerWeekly News Digest

Hi all,

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

The National Campaign for Transit Justice asking groups to sign a National letter (linked here) to urge Congress to keep the promise of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) throughout the Fiscal Year 2024 appropriations process, particularly when it comes to programs that make transit more affordable and accessible.

Freeway Fighters News

Gov. Hochul announces plans for Phase 2 study for Kensington Expressway 
WGRZ March 30, 2024
New York Governor Kathy Hochul is unveiling new details on the phase two study of the Kensington Expressway 

As some countries spurn cars, the U.S. continues to embrace highways 
NBC News March 30, 2024
The billions add up: $3.7 billion for an expansion of the I-15 highway in Utah; up to $4 billion for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway; and $16 billion for the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

America *Must* End Highway Expansions 
The Good Men Project March 30, 2024
When we build a highway, we know we have to maintain it. 

The Minnesota department of transportation is looking into ‘reimagining’ part of I-94
CBS News March 31, 2024
As work continues on “Rethinking I-94” between downtown Minneapolis and the State Capitol in St. Paul, one group says turning it into a boulevard is the best idea. 

To Expand Houston’s I-45, TxDOT Made a ‘Mafia Pitch’ 
Texas Monthly April 1, 2024
Houston in the summer is lush and buzzing, sweat soaked and full of life.

A Roadmap to Rebuilding Communities
The Texas Observer April 1, 2024
When we think of what our communities need, we usually think of affordable homes, good schools, and grocery stores. 

Advocacy group forms, pitches alternative to widening, elevating I-10
Community Impact April 1, 2024
As officials with the Texas Department of Transportation explore different ideas for alleviating congestion on I-10, one group has emerged with a clear message: no widening or elevating of the highway.

Dallas Debates Fate of the Downtown Highway That Divided the City
Bloomberg April 3, 2023 
In 2002, when Patrick Kennedy loaded up his Toyota Corolla and moved to Dallas, sight unseen, Interstate 345 was falling apart.

Group pushes replacing I-94 between Minneapolis and St. Paul with a thoroughfare
Star Tribune April 3, 2024 
As state transportation planners mull the future of Interstate 94 in the Twin Cities, a group that champions transportation not centered on cars wants to convert a 7.5-mile stretch of the freeway between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul with a street-level thoroughfare.

Houston is divided by highways today, but does it have to be that way tomorrow?
Kinder Institute for Urban Research – Rice University April 3, 2024 
While it has become increasingly accepted that highway expansions do not achieve their stated purpose of reducing traffic congestion, even some of the architects of the Interstate Highway System were aware of this over 60 years ago.

Community group emerges in opposition to TxDOT’s I-10 expansion plans April 3, 2024
Amidst the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) ambitious proposals to overhaul a 6.3-mile stretch of Interstate 10 between Voss Road and I-45, a stretch that in part defines the southern border of the Heights proper, a grassroots movement has emerged, challenging the status quo and advocating for a more community-centric approach. 

‘TxDOT’s Still Bulldozing Over Our Communities’
The Texas Observer April 4, 2024
Fifth Ward resident Kendra London, 43, helped form the neighborhood organization Our Afrikan Family to serve and educate her community about a major threat: an expansion of Interstate 45 that will wipe out hundreds of Houston homes and businesses and has already forced evictions.