Friday, April 12, 2024

How an Arcane Rule Helps Justify Destructive Highway Projects

Smart Growth America challenges the U.S. federal “value of time” metric used to justify highway projects, claiming it neglects social impacts and community well-being. Using the case of Interstate 94 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, they demonstrate how the metric’s focus on car speeds can lead to community disruption and disproportionately affect minority neighborhoods. The organization calls for the repeal of this flawed metric, advocating for a more holistic approach to transportation planning.