Tolling the Interstates: Will Indiana be the First?

Indiana is on track to be the first state to apply new tolls on all lanes of selected interstate highways if they are successful in their application for a waiver from the Federal Highway Administration.

October 23, 2017 - The Times of Northwest Indiana

Denver Cap Park

I-70 Highway Update May Exacerbate Segregation

A piece in The Nation argues a Denver highway plan will further shrink the black community in that city through the use of eminent domain.

August 9, 2017 - The Nation

Denver Cap Park

I-70 Expansion in Denver Still Facing Scrutiny

A planned expansion of Interstate 70 through Denver might have federal approval, but a growing coalition of local groups and state political leaders are pushing back on the idea.

May 18, 2017 - The Denver Post

Denver Region

Death of a State Transportation Sales Tax Measure

Partisan politics killed what was labeled as a bipartisan effort to increase funding for Colorado's roads by allowing voters in November to determine whether to raise the state sales tax to fund a bond measure.

May 3, 2017 - The Denver Post

Downtown Highway

Big Idea: One Less Highway Through Kansas City

Eric Bunch argues that removing I-70 from downtown Kansas City presents a big opportunity for the city.

February 28, 2017 - Bike Walk KC

Legislation to Toll Indiana Interstates and Hike Gas Tax Introduced

Tolls on interstate highways are being pushed in Indiana as a means to increase road funding, no easy task even if a waiver is given. The bill would also increase the gas tax and charge electric vehicle owners a fee for road maintenance.

February 6, 2017 - Governing

Highway Construction

'Highway Propaganda' Promotes Widening Projects

Apparently to galvanize public support, the Colorado Department of Transportation and an Ohio chamber of commerce have produced videos touting the benefits of widening projects for low-income communities.

May 10, 2016 - Streetsblog USA


Commuting to Denver from Colorado Springs Gets Easier

Thanks to Bustang, an interregional bus service that began July 13, commuters can relax in reclining, high-back chairs or choose to plug their devices into outlets and utilize wifi for the 69-mile trip between Colorado's two largest cities.

January 4, 2016 - The Gazette (Colorado Springs)

Colorado Expanding Tolling Systems on Two Denver-Area Highways

State transportation officials set new toll rates for two busy highway corridors outside Denver.

October 16, 2015 - The Denver Post

Stormwater Improvements Linked to Freeway Project in Northeast Denver

The funding needed to complete the Two Basin Drainage Project in Denver would come as a package deal with a $1.2 billion plan to overhaul I-70. Residents are concerned that they might be getting more than they bargained for.

July 11, 2015 - The Denver Post

Highway Construction

Denver's I-70 Expansion Undercuts Alternatives

To fund a wider I-70 on its route through Denver, the regional planning commission set aside $50 million in federal funds before considering other projects.

May 14, 2015 - Streetsblog Denver

What's Next for Missouri After Voters Reject Sales Tax Measure?

In the wake of the decisive rejection of a ballot measure on August 5 to raise the state sales tax by .75% for a package of transportation improvements, how will the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) meet the state's transportation needs?

August 8, 2014 - KMOX

States Address Impending Cut-off of Federal Transportation Funds

With federal highway funds likely to be cut off in August unless Congress can reach an agreement on a stopgap solution, some states, e.g., MO, VT, GA, AR have taken matters into their own hands to ensure that vital construction projects continue.

June 13, 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Denver to Focus on Reviving Long-Neglected Area of the City

A $1.8 billion proposal to bury I-70 beneath a landscaped lid is just part of an ambitious plan to remake a 23-mile corridor of northeast Denver that includes the Elyria-Swansea and Globeville neighborhoods.

December 19, 2013 - Denver Post

Image of Chicago Lake Shore Drive Freeway

The Overlooked Beauty of the American Freeway

The constant criticism of America's freeways makes it difficult to appreciate this infrastructure as important economic and cultural artifacts and a wonderful way to see the country.

September 9, 2013 - New Geography

Interstate Tolling, the Third Rail of Transportation User Fees, Finds Fans

Discussion on increasing user fee revenue has centered on increasing and/or indexing the gas tax and applying VMT fees. Now some are pushing a return of the original user fee - road tolls applied by states or regions on interstate highways.

August 2, 2013 - Governing

St. Louis Reneges on Plan to Study Highway Teardown

With great fanfare, St. Louis put out an RFP last year to study the conversion of a portion of the elevated I-70 highway separating downtown St. Louis from its historic riverfront into a boulevard. That study has been scrapped for vague reasons.

June 26, 2013 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Denver Considers How to Heal Neighborhoods Decimated by I-70

Something will be done to help Denver's Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods recover from decades of decline brought by the construction of I-70. Will a plan to bury the interstate be replaced with an ambitious proposal to reroute the road entirely?

October 3, 2012 - The Denver Post

Will St. Louis Become the Next City to Demolish Its Elevated Urban Highway?

Alex Ihnen writes about the fast moving proposal to convert 1-mile of the elevated I-70 highway separating downtown St. Louis from its historic riverfront.

March 5, 2012 - nextSTL.com

Increasing State Gas Taxes Insufficient To Meet Road Projects' Costs

In her ongoing coverage of Missouri's I-70 expansion and state transportation deficits, Streetsblog's Angie Schmitt analyzes MO's consideration to double the state 17-cent state gas tax to finance the truck only lanes from Kansas City to St. Louis

December 27, 2011 - Streetsblog Network

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