America does not need more roads. We have enough pavement in the United States to at least cover the entire state of Georgia (61,000 square miles, and that is an old study). Enough is enough.
According to a recent article published by Slate, “the last thing America needs from [President] Trump’s infrastructure plan is more more roads.”
“It’s Wow Wednesday! U.S. sets record in 2016 with an estimated 3.2 trillion miles traveled.” – Tweet from the Federal Highway Administration.
This is not good news. The “wow” here is that the Federal Highway Administration does not understand that we need to encourage people to drive less, not more. Driving 3.2 trillion miles is not an accomplishment, but rather a failure. It is in the best interest for our country that we promote alternative transportation options, not the consumption and exhaustion of the world’s remaining fossil fuels. Continue reading
I rarely read books before everyone else and I’m even less likely to finish a book quickly. However, with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Edward Humes’ Door to Door: The Magnificent, Maddening, Mysterious World of Transportation, he had my attention and was I strapped in for a fast ride.
The book is a wonderful read and inspiring to me as a writer and transportation planner. Humes covers many forms of transportation — from walking and biking to rail freight and cargo ships and even self-driving cars — and he touches on how fragile our entire transportation system is, especially thanks to our addiction to the solo-driven automobile. Continue reading
I’ve been reevaluating my work commute and transit habits for several months. I’ve been looking for more ways to incorporate riding the bus and biking as an alternative to driving my car.
I’m close to dropping my parking deck in downtown Richmond to save $45 monthly and instead bike for free or put that money to use in $3 round-trip for the GRTC bus route or the occasional $5-$7 parking deck fee near my office.