American transportation is stuck in a rut. For too long, we’ve relied on highway systems that pollute our air and cause social, economic, and physical harm to the people who live in their path. Highways perpetuate inequalities along the lines of race and class, built for commuting culture at the expense of the communities most vulnerable.
As we enter the seventh decade of the American experiment in highway building, it is no longer sustainable.
We need another way forward.
We advocate for a shift in transportation public policy that supports the following principles:
- a commitment to stop expanding highways and building new ones;
- the transformation of existing highways that damage communities into assets like city streets, housing, and green space;
- renewed investments in multimodal transportation systems in place of highways;
- parallel investments in community development that keep current residents in place to enjoy the benefits of a highway’s transformation;
- a priority to make amends to the people displaced or negatively affected by highway building.