Friday’s Headlines Are Going Underground

The Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans is the nation's top candidate for a highway teardown, says the Congress for New Urbanism. Photo: The Advocate via CNU
The Claiborne Expressway in New Orleans is the nation's top candidate for a highway teardown, says the Congress for New Urbanism. Photo: The Advocate via CNU
  • The “cap and cover” movement wants to bury urban freeways underground, reconnecting neighborhoods and ensuring they’re no longer exposed to toxic fumes. (Daily Beast)
  • The U.S. DOT is offering cities $1 billion worth of grants to address racial inequities in transportation. (NRDC)
  • Fare-capping is a more equitable way of charging for transit that offers riders savings and flexibility. (Metro)
  • Regional agencies are better equipped than cities to regulate micromobility. (Government Technology)
  • Slate declares the era of cheap app-taxi rides over. As interest rates rise and money tightens, Uber and Lyft will no longer be able to burn through investor cash, meaning they’ll have to charge customers more to become profitable. That could push riders back to transit.
  • All over the country, people are demanding safer streets, including at silent rides to honor crash victims in Washington, D.C. (WUSA) and Indianapolis (WRTV), at another vigil in Denver (CBS Denver) and in Florida, where drivers kill eight people a day (WFTV). In Seattle, there are calls for Vision Zero hearings (Capitol Hill).
  • The Cleveland city council is working on a new “complete and green streets” policy that would require transit, walking, biking and trees to be a part of transportation projects. (WCPN)
  • The Philadelphia Parking Authority is using a new force of bike-mounted officers to crack down on drivers who block bike lanes. (WHYY)
  • Residents of a predominantly Black part of Minneapolis are worried that the proposed new route for the Blue Line light-rail extension will split their neighborhood. (Star Tribune)
  • Portland is installing new “advisory” bike lanes on narrow, low-volume streets, where cars going in both directions share one center lane and can move into the bike lanes to pass each other. (Bike Portland)
  • The Delmar Loop trolley in St. Louis will resume operating in August after being shut down two years ago. (WMOV)
  • Kansas City is embarking on a study for an east-west streetcar or bus rapid transit line. (Star)
  • Tempe’s new streetcar will be free for the first year. (News 12)


U.S. DOT Wants to Show America How to Heal Divides Left By Urban Highways

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx opened up earlier this spring in a refreshingly personal speech about how highway construction in American cities isolated many neighborhoods — especially black neighborhoods — and cut people off from economic opportunity. Now U.S. DOT is following up with an effort to demonstrate how those wrongs can be righted. Yesterday the agency announced the Every Place […]

12 Freeways to Watch (‘Cause They Might Be Gone Soon)

If you make your home on the Louisiana coastline, upstate New York or the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, chances are you live near a highway that really has it coming. It’s big. It’s ugly. It goes right through city neighborhoods. And it just might be coming down soon. Last week the Congress for New […]

Wiki Wednesday: Better Stimulus Through Highway Removal

We know plenty of states want to use stimulus funds to expand highway capacity, but how many are looking to jolt their economies with a much-needed freeway teardown? So far as we can tell, the answer is none. Perhaps they should reconsider and take a page from this week’s StreetsWiki entry on highway removal: Streetfilms […]