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Interstate Highway System

November 7, 2019, 2pm PST
An elevated highway destroyed an African American community in Syracuse, New York. Is just removing it enough?
The Washington Post
August 15, 2019, 6am PDT
A thorough and damning indictment of 20th century land use and infrastructure planning, and its contemporary legacy of segregation and congestion.
The New York Times Magazine
Blog post
January 14, 2019, 2pm PST
Maybe, just maybe, Trump might also be willing to consider the decaying condition of U.S. infrastructure a matter of national security. And if Congress played along, perhaps we'd get a 2019 Infrastructure bill. That's how Eisenhower did it.
Robert Fischer
December 9, 2018, 1pm PST
A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine endorses an idea that is sure to be controversial.
The Mercury News
April 9, 2018, 2pm PDT
After tremendous success with a streetcar line, the desert city is considering strategies for investing in its historic automobile corridor.
CitiesSpeak
October 23, 2017, 12pm PDT
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.
The Times of Northwest Indiana
June 30, 2017, 12pm PDT
At the dawn of automated vehicle technology, humans, and Americans in particular, should recall the shortcomings of past utopian visions.
Eno Transportation Weekly
April 15, 2017, 11am PDT
After another big announcement from the realm of futuristic transportation, there's reason to remain skeptical.
Curbed
January 31, 2017, 8am PST
President Trump is not the only one proposing a huge infrastructure plan—Senate Democrats have their own. The cost is the same, but financing is different. The Democrats' plan does just what Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned against.
The Hill
August 31, 2016, 7am PDT
Photographer Michael DeFilippo captures the striking, ironic, and often depressing ways in which highways cut apart the urban fabric of St. Louis.
Huffington Post
July 1, 2016, 5am PDT
It will only take us two-and-a-half minutes to catch you up on the big planning news from the last week of June.
Planetizen
June 29, 2016, 5am PDT
A new report commemorates the 60th birthday of the interstate highway system with statistics (some politically motivated) that summarize the state of the nation's largest public works project.
USA Today
April 7, 2014, 8am PDT
While tolling will not fill the Highway Trust Fund gap, it can finance improvements for specific interstate highways that would otherwise be funded by a sustainable trust fund, not one approaching insolvency. Why not allow states the option to toll?
The New York Times - U.S.
January 15, 2014, 12pm PST
From Denver to Syracuse, U.S. cities are looking to heal neighborhoods torn apart by the construction of the Interstate Highway System. Could an alternative way of envisioning and financing such a system provide lessons for the developing world?
The Atlantic Cities
September 16, 2013, 11am PDT
A new Reason Study advocates for the "third" revenue option (with gas tax and VMT fee being the first two) for fixing the soon-to-be insolvent Highway Trust Fund - interstate highway tolling, and allowing the states to pursue that option.
Governing
August 2, 2013, 7am PDT
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.
Governing
June 16, 2013, 11am PDT
Tax attorney Kelly Phillips Erb pens a colorful narrative upon the 81st birthday of the federal gas tax, showing the interesting history of this now controversial tax. It began on June 6, 1932 to close general budget gaps, not build roads.
Forbes
August 16, 2012, 10am PDT
They may not be pretty to drive, but they sure are nice to look at from afar. Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan profiles the work of aerial photographer Peter Andrew, who captures the beauty in America's Interstate System.
Fast Company Co.Design
May 19, 2012, 7am PDT
John Metcalfe explores a new kind of hybrid vehicle that could revolutionize trucking and cut down air contaminants in one of the most polluted regions in the country.
The Atlantic Cities
December 12, 2011, 9am PST
Josh Stephens reviews <a>Big Roads</a> by Earl Swift, which profiles Thomas MacDonald and Frank Turner, the civil engineers who made the Interstate Highway System a reality.
California Planning & Development Report