In 2013, FHWA funded a revitalization study that outlined ways to remove parts of Interstate 10 in New Orleans and restore historic Claiborne Avenue below. High costs have stalled those efforts but, in the meantime, the city has opted to reclaim space beneath the expressway in an attempt to reactivate nearby neighborhoods affected by the structure.
Bikes shares, which now offer expanded transportation options in cities around the nation, have also tested those cities’ abilities to serve their communities equitably. The placement and pricing of these systems are often barriers for low-income communities. Philadelphia’s new system, however, while not a perfect example, improves upon its predecessors and offers important lessons in equitable transportation provision.
After a seemingly endless cold and snowy winter in much of the country, people are finally noticing signs of spring, including potholes. In Waterloo, Iowa, it has come to this: “vigilante” crews of volunteers are filling potholes on local streets. Potholes are a symptom of a larger challenge around how states and local governments allocate money to maintain transportation infrastructure. If the problem of starving road maintenance budgets in favor of paying for new construction is not addressed, this infrastructure problem is likely to continue.
This report is intended to help transportation agency practitioners assess the possibilities of community visioning efforts, identify practical steps and activities when engaging in visioning, and establish links between vision outcomes and transportation planning and …