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Let's Take the High Road

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Fast forward to today and we have a Highway Trust Fund with just 15 days of money left to function. Just like in 1955, anti-tax zealots have been trumping common sense and the nation's future on blatantly political grounds.

Interstate Tolling and the Highway Trust Fund: Two Different Conversations

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 07.30.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

The debate over this year's transportation reauthorization bill has taken an important turn, as legislators, the public and the media are giving serious thought to a White House proposal that would allow states to toll existing Interstate highways to pay for their reconstruction.

U.S. Transportation: Driving Down the Same Old (Bumpy) Road or Paving a New Way Forward?

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Tens of thousands of bridges, roadways, and railways in the United States are in need of a fix. Where's the money?

Costly Driving Time Warp at the U.S. Department of Transportation

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

A sensible approach, especially given the recent decline in driving and increasing demand for transit, would be to plow a greater share of those limited resources into expanding access to public transportation and active transportation modes while focusing highway spending on fixing our existing roads and bridges.

It's Time for President Obama to Tackle Traffic Pollution

Jeffrey Seyler | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Jeffrey Seyler

It's a little hard to remember while we are currently in the late stages of a tough winter, but the smog season will soon be here. The air quality index will displace the wind chill index -- and in many areas, people will be urged to stay indoors to flee the dirty air.

Let the Renaissance Begin

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

With state governments and regional agencies leading the way, America might just be entering a renaissance in highway construction, reconstruction, and financing.

Shell, mulling a new Louisiana plant, turns to a community go-between

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Nov. 4, 2013 edition.) Shell might build a natural gas-to-liquids or GTL plant in Louis...

It's Not Rocket Science

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.

Roadside Assistance: A Question of Guilt and the Duty to Rescue

Steven Kurlander | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Steven Kurlander

I keep asking, as the accident replays in my head, if I should have stopped. Even after everyone I told me that calling 9-1-1 was more than enough, my perceived moral failure continues to trouble me, and probably will for the rest of my life.

New England's Ultimate Road Trip: Rolling Along Route 7

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.03.2013 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Rout 7 is U.S. highway, but it doesn't read like it was ever a road for moving goods or getting where you need to go.

Improving Your Commute, One (Smarter) City At A Time

Naveen Lamba | Posted 10.20.2013 | Technology
Naveen Lamba

Whether you live in Northern Virginia like me, New York, Nairobi, or Nice, road congestion and the ensuing traffic jams aren't just inconvenient; they can impede economic growth and impact the environment. Imagine how much more productive people are when they're not stuck in their cars or on the bus several hours per day. The good news is that help is on the way.

New Orleans to unveil Claiborne expressway options in September

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.05.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 5, 2013 edition.) In community meetings last winter and spring, New Orleans reside...

Debunking the Myths of Highway Tolling

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Patrick D. Jones

American drivers recognize that our highways are in immediate need of major overhaul or reconstruction. But there's a bigger structural problem beneath our crumbling roadways: our method of funding highway infrastructure is broken.

A Hero on the Bench: WI Judge Takes on Real Impacts of Highway Expansion

Laura Barrett | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics
Laura Barrett

When we go looking for the heroes and heroines who defend our freedoms, we tend to look backward: George Washington, Mother Jones, Harriet Tubman, etc...

South Louisiana's affordable LA Swift bus, started after Katrina, might be saved

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.23.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 24, 2013 edition.) Bus service between New Orleans and Baton Rouge on LA Swift--whi...

Horn OK Please

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel
Tarun Sakhrani

These are the famous words you will see etched on the back of trucks in India, across the length and breadth of the country.

U.S. and Europe Sign Joint Tolling Declaration

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 07.31.2013 | World
Patrick D. Jones

As governments worldwide face shrinking budgets and growing economic challenges, tolling is quickly becoming a powerful infrastructure funding tool not only here in the United States, but also in Europe.

The I-5 Bridge Collapse and the Urgency of Fixing Our Crumbling Infrastructure

Brian Levin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

These bridges are ticking time bombs in dire need of repair. A collapse has the potential to rival the most destructive acts of terror, with the ability to kill thousands of people at once, from commuters to school children to truck drivers.

759 Bridges In Washington Have Worse Scores Than The One That Collapsed

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.24.2013 | Politics

There are more than 700 bridges in Washington State with worse sufficiency scores than the bridge that collapsed into the Skagit River on Thursday nig...

'Cut and Invest' vs. Austerity

Will Marshall | Posted 06.25.2013 | Politics
Will Marshall

President Obama's new budget attempts to define a progressive alternative to conservative demands for a politics of austerity. European progressives are wrestling with the same challenge, and are reaching similar conclusions.

Fueled by Tolling, Innovation Stems From Our Local Communities

Patrick D. Jones | Posted 06.11.2013 | Business
Patrick D. Jones

The funding crunch facing America's transportation infrastructure has made it crucial for our cities, counties, states and regions to find innovative ways of funding our mobility.

NEPA Builds Collaboration and Communities

Frances Beinecke | Posted 06.08.2013 | Green
Frances Beinecke

NEPA's common sense approach to foster discussion and collaboration about major development projects has worked well to protect our national treasures and resources. NEPA works as it stands, and it should stay that way.

Denny's: Manhattan Grand Slam

Andrew J. Lederer | Posted 06.04.2013 | New York
Andrew J. Lederer

That there were no Denny's in New York, even more than the absence of, say, Wal-Mart, was emblematic of our singularity. Now, there will be Denny's in Manhattan. Displaced Idahoans are dancing merrily. But how will we know when we're in America?

Sequestration and the Failure of the Fourth Estate

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.13.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

It would be possible to cut the Federal Aviation Administration budget in a far less disruptive way than the sequestration plan outlined by the agency's administrator. Was it about grandstanding and budget hype?

New Orleans Considers Tearing Down Claiborne Expressway

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Feb. 25, 2013 edition.) New Orleans officials hope to move residents toward a consensus ...