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Wednesday’s Headlines Paved Paradise

12:00 AM EST on February 23, 2022

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    • The asphalt industry is the infrastructure act's big winner. It's set to receive a major share of the $369 billion set aside for roads, bridges and tunnels. Asphalt production itself emits pollutants, not to mention enabling more driving on wider roads. (New York Times)
    • Even when freeway revolts are successful, the planning alone can scar neighborhoods and leave marks on residents' psyches. (Los Angeles Times)
    • A climate justice screening tool to identify communities unfairly impacted by environmental hazards excludes race in hopes of avoiding a lawsuit, even though race is a major component. (NBC News)
    • Black leaders in Milwaukee are skeptical underserved neighborhoods will see any benefit from federal infrastructure spending. (WTMJ)
    • Amtrak is going to have to beef up staff if it hopes to complete the Gateway Program, a $30 billion Hudson River megaproject that would ease rail traffic up and down the East Coast. (American Prospect)
    • A D.C. Metro audit found that the agency still has inadequate safety precautions after several high-profile emergencies. (Washington Post)
    • The Boston Globe editorial board comes out in favor of decriminalizing jaywalking.
    • Atlanta gas stations are reluctant to install EV chargers because they fear utility Georgia Power will swoop in and undercut them. (AJC)
    • The Pittsburgh Port Authority is seeking funding to revamp the South Hills Junction transit station. (Post-Gazette)
    • St. Louis aldermen recently approved three major bike projects. (STL NPR)
    • The Phoenix city council adopted Vision Zero. (KJZZ)
    • A compromise that could have saved Indianapolis' bus rapid transit Blue Line from state legislators' attacks fizzled out. (Star)
    • El Paso officials are seeking alternatives to widening I-10 through downtown. (KVIA)
    • Paris is banning nonessential driving through the city center starting in 2024. (CityLab)

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