Surface Transportation News: Urban freeway teardowns, states accelerate highway expansion, and more

In Politics by Michael Rae

In this issue:

Urban freeway teardowns beginState DOTs accelerate highway capacity expansionEquity concerns pose problem for express toll lanesA physicist’s warning about hyperloopFederal EV charging plans fall shortOcean shipping problems—and non-solutionsNews NotesQuotable Quotes

Urban Freeway Teardowns Begin

Two important developments regarding urban expressways took place within the past month or so.

First, on May 31, New York State’s Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) announced that its plan to demolish I-81 through downtown Syracuse and replace it with a boulevard had received approval from U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Second, on July 1, DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced the notice of funding opportunity (NOFO)