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A man operates a yellow roller to smooth out fresh pavement on a road.

Construction Set to Begin on $1.6 Billion Highway Widening in Texas

Construction is expected to begin on the Southeast Connector highway widening project near Fort Worth in the spring and wrap up in 2027.

December 8, 2022 - The Dallas Morning News

Downtown Seattle

I-5 Widening Kicks Off in Downtown Seattle

Congestion relief is promised as the Washington Department of Transportation begins to rework the existing I-5 roadway in Downtown Seattle to mitigate a stretch of freeway with a reputation as the state's worst bottleneck.

May 18, 2021 - The Seattle Times

Portland Bus Lane

Dedicated Bus Lanes Beating Congestion in Portland

The Portland experience builds the case for dedicated bus lanes as an effective method of congestion mitigation.

December 3, 2019 - BikePortland

Interstate 285 Interchange

Georgia's $11 Billion Road-Building Program Evolves

Recently announced changes to a massive road-building program in Georgia will shift moves projects aimed at improvements for the trucking industry earlier onto the calendar, while pushing back projects located closer to Atlanta.

October 15, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal Constitution

Metropolitan Detention Center

National League of Cities Urges Locals to Consider Congestion Pricing

The Overton Window is widening on the subject of congestion pricing.

August 16, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Georgia DOT Takes $4.6 Billion Highway Expansion Plan on the Road

The Georgia Department of Transportation held a series of public meetings this month to reveal details of a plan to add toll lanes to I-285 and Georgia 400 outside Atlanta.

May 30, 2019 - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Willamette River

Environmental Assessment for I-5 Improvement Project in Portland Promises Air, Traffic, Safety Benefits

The environmental assessment for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project, released on February 15, 2019, promises to be controversial.

February 17, 2019 - The Oregonian


Study Reveals the Futility of Building Out of Congestion

Even if widening highways enough to relieve all congestion were possible, it would only benefit a very small number of commuters, according to new research.

September 19, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Toronto Freeway

Highway Expansion Proposal Stirs Debate in Toronto

A pro-business group in Toronto wants to expand a highway, but a Toronto columnist wants to make readers aware of why the plan might not work out as hoped.

July 9, 2018 - The Star

Maryland Highway Plan Would Destroy Affordable Housing, Displace Low-Income Residents

A local writer compares the plan to expand I-270 and the Capital Beltway to an earlier era of transportation planning.

June 24, 2018 - Greater Greater Washington

Are You Ready for a Sky Full of Autonomous Flying Taxis?

Some lucky people could be flying over traffic in autonomous drones within two years, according to a media blitz this morning.

May 8, 2018 - CBS This Morning

Bay Bridge

A Dissenting Take on the Bay Area's Proposed $3 Bridge Toll Hike

Beware of transportation officials promising traffic reductions, according to this opinion piece.

April 15, 2018 - The Mercury News

Maryland's $9 Billion Project Would Be the Nation's Largest P3 for Highways

Gov. Larry Hogan (R-Md.) announced last week plans for the largest highway contract awarded to a public-private partnership: adding four express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and I-270. A third highway widening will be completed internally.

September 29, 2017 - Planetizen

Chicago, Illinois

Federal Approval, But No Funding for Chicago Toll Lanes

Though the federal government approved the plan for toll lanes, called managed lanes in Illinois, the state lacks the funding to implement the idea. Two toll lane proposals are currently in limbo.

August 25, 2017 - CBS Chicago

Carpool Lane

Before and After Carpool Lanes

The Guardian shares news of a new study of a Jakarta lane that could prove that carpool requirements work to reduce driving and congestion.

August 7, 2017 - The Guardian

I-5 Bridge

Back From the Dead: The Columbia River Crossing Between Portland and Vancouver

Washington lawmakers are looking for solutions to worsening congestion between their state and the city of Portland—possible solutions includes a controversial bridge proposal that had been abandoned for years.

February 19, 2017 - Oregon Public Broadcasting

$760 Million in Transportation Grants Coming Soon; South Side Chicago Projects Not Included

Illinois, Cook County, and city of Chicago officials were disappointed in their first effort to attract FASTLANE funding authorized by the U.S Department Transportation

July 27, 2016 - Chicago Tribune

Austin Traffic

Austin Debates Competing Visions for Transportation Investments

The city of Austin's political leadership has proposed a package of competing bond proposals to raise money for large congestion relief measures in the fast-growing city.

June 20, 2016 - Austin Statesman

Dedicated Bus Lanes Open on Crowded D.C. Corridor

A speedy approval process will have popular buses moving at a speedy pace down Georgia Avenue in Washington, D.C.

April 12, 2016 - The Washington Post

Somerville, MA to Test the Benefits of Self-Parking Cars

Audi and Somerville will begin testing self-parking cars in 2018. Imagine the possibilities.

December 11, 2015 - Governing

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