The 2021 Transportation Summit featured: Revisiting the Urban Interstate – Freeway to the Future, or Road to Ruin?

America’s urban highways are nearing the end of their useful lives, including Interstate 94 between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Built for civil defense and to hasten suburban development, it’s time to reconsider their value to users, neighbors, and the cities they divide.

Billions of reconstruction and maintenance dollars are on the line. Communities remain devastated by pollution and disconnection. Everyone wonders whose interests will own the day when it’s time to decide how to proceed. Will we double-down on cars and trucks, or will climate goals, equity concerns, economic opportunities and transit innovations mean the end of the road for urban highways?

Watch the amazing 2021 Transportation Summit from May 18 that featured national transportation leaders speaking about the health, equity, economic, and social impacts of urban highways. Discover exciting new federal goals for access and mobility that put people over pavement.

Featured Speakers (click images for bios)

Keith Baker, Managing Director, Reconnect Rondo
Oni Blair, Executive Director, LINK Houston
Aaron Brown, Organizer, No More Freeways Portland
Dr. Karilyn Crockett, Author, Professor, MIT
Dr. Ben Crowther, Program Manager, Congress for the New Urbanism Freeways Without Futures
Ian Lockwood, P.E., Livable Transportation Engineer, Toole Design
Beth Osborne, Director, Transportation for America
Dr. Regan Patterson, Transportation Equity Research Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation


11:00 a.m. CST. Welcome to the Summit

11:10 a.m. Beth Osborne, Transportation for America

11:45 a.m. Dr. Regan Patterson, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

12:15 p.m. Keith Baker, ReConnect Rondo

12:45 p.m. Ian Lockwood, Toole Design

1:20 p.m. Panel featuring:

-Oni Blair, LINK Houston

-Dr. Ben Crowther, Congress for the New Urbanism

-Aaron Brown, No More Freeways PDX

-Dr. Karilyn Crockett, MIT

CM Credit eligible! New this year – AICP planners can receive certification maintenance credits for attending.

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