Across the country and particularly in New York, there is a movement to tear down highways. This began with the I-81 in Syracuse and has emboldened advocates to target major thoroughfares for replacement. Highways are of course the offices of the trucking industry which provides between 70-75 percent of our nation’s freight, and 90 percent of freight to New York City. To the extent that freight is mentioned at all in these conversations, the focus is on removing “smoke belching trucks” and idealized shifts in modes of transportation. Never mind the incredible progress the trucking industry has made (and continues to make) in incorporating clean vehicles and technology into fleet operations or the fact that any other modes of transportation (maritime, rail, or cargo bike) must be done in coordination with current logistics providers.
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