#NoNewRoads is our campaign to stop unnecessary and unaffordable spending on highways and roads.
Maine's response to a serious road maintenance funding emergency is to cling to AASHTO’s archaic code book while projecting a value system of improve, Improve, IMPROVE, even going so far as to assume massive traffic increases where there is little traffic today.
Proposed changes to federal rules on congestion mitigation reaffirm that real responses to the complex problems we face will only come from our cities, towns and neighborhoods.
Why No New Roads?
Strong Towns advocates for financial solvency and productive land use in American cities. The national obsession with an ever-expanding road system based on inaccurate projections has led many communities into serious debt, all for the sake of a road system with little financial return. We have built more auto infrastructure than we are willing to pay to maintain, and yet we insist on building more. At Strong Towns, we believe that a transportation system should be a means of creating prosperity in a community, not an end unto itself.
We can do so much better with a different approach. Before America spends more on transportation, we must modernize our transportation finance system to get better returns on our investments.
Devolution isn't so scary when the alternative is this crazy.
What would our transportation system look like if all users—cyclists, car drivers, pedestrians—paid their fair share?
In spite of a major budget shortfall, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker offers no plan to raise revenue or adjust his transportation funding goals.
Several states are choosing to un-pave their roads and replace them with gravel rather than spend money they don't have to fix them.
1,000 Friends of Wisconsin is doing impressive work to stop wasteful road spending in Wisconsin. We're pleased to share this recent victory from our friends at this organization.
Want to you calculate your state's transportation spending? How about identify distressed communities in your area? These mapping tools will help you do the job.
Washington state, known for having one of the “greenest” administrations, just passed the largest transportation spending bill in the state’s history. Here are 5 ways that WSDOT and other DOTs are keeping us stuck squarely in the 1960s.
Let's stop pretending we can do scalpel work on our neighborhoods with huge Washington budgets and bureaucracy.
The Suburban Experiment creates an illusion of wealth early on, which makes it very seductive. As a city like Baxter, MN enters the second life cycle and all of the dispersed systems that came with the growth now need costly maintenance, the seductive illusion is slowly destroyed.