Vermont keeps working on better ways for people and goods to get where they need to go. The threats from climate change and the high cost of maintaining our travel ways mean we need to be smarter and greener. In 2011 Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin announced that the Circ Highway – an expensive, polluting and…
Are you tired of traffic, taxes and time pollution? I don’t know about you, but spending quality time with my family is not spending it either driving kids around from place to place or being stuck somewhere in a traffic jam. And it is no surprise to me that others have found that long commutes are…
Let’s say you are a state agency tasked with making a tough choice on how to spend your money. Your options are:
a. Spend $150 million on widening 9 miles of highway despite the fact that volume has waned;
b. Spend $56 million on building another toll booth;
c. Spend $3.8 million on expanding an existing, highly successful bus service that will benefit thousands of commuters.
Boston’s iconic Longfellow Bridge serves as a poster child for public transit. Every few minutes, the bridge transports Red Line commuters between Boston and Cambridge, affording its passengers a breathtaking view of the Charles River and Boston skyline– and the parallel lanes of bumper-to-bumper vehicle traffic that the speeding train leaves in its wake. While that’s a positive situation for MBTA riders, it’s a dangerous one for the rest of the city’s commuters who don’t cross the bridge by car– cyclists and pedestrians.
On July 20, transportation agencies completed the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Vermont’s Circ Highway. The planned project would be an expensive new boulevard roadway outside of Burlington, Vermont. The project is a poor public investment and a subsidy for sprawl. Costing over $60 million dollars, saving only 4 minutes of travel time, limiting public transportation options, destroying irreplaceable…