CHICAGO — The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) released its biennial Top 10 list of “Freeways Without Futures,” selecting the U.S. urban highways most in need of being removed. According to CNU, across the country, there is a growing realization that highways do not fit in an urban context, and that there are solutions like at-grade boulevards that can serve roughly the same number of cars while creating walkable, livable communities. These transformations can even save taxpayers billions of dollars in highway construction and maintenance, while simultaneously bringing economic revitalization to cities.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the closing of an $840 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for the Grand Parkway Project in greater Houston that will improve safety and add highway capacity in this fast-growing region of Texas. The completed Grand Parkway Project will be a four-lane, 55-mile toll road in northwest Harris County and southeast Montgomery County. The TIFIA loan will go toward the design and construction of specific sections of the project.
HARRISBURG, PA. — Governor Tom Corbett announced that Pennsylvania’s new transportation plan will allow the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to distribute $345 million in liquid fuels payments to certified municipalities on March 3 to help them maintain their roads and bridges. The allocation is $25.1 million more than the 2013 figure, roughly an 8 percent increase.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Atlantic Cities launched “The Future of Transportation,” a nine-month special series of reported dispatches from America’s transportation frontier. Supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and led by Cities editors Sommer Mathis and Eric Jaffe, the series will examine the full extent of America's transportation challenges and explore how U.S. cities are reinventing the way we navigate them.
WASHINGTON – The guiding principle of a new federal surface transportation investment program must focus on national priorities, connectivity and economic growth, Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman said during a recent speech at the National Press Club. “The Highway Trust Fund is dead. We need to be thinking about how to replace it with a surface transportation program for the 21st Century,” he stated.
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