BQE and the road to New York’s future: Highways that split neighborhoods are things of the past

Boston’s “Big Dig,” most notorious for construction delays and cost overruns, still resulted in the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, a 15-acre, 1.5 mile long stretch of parks in the heart of Boston which has cut the average vehicle trip through the center of Boston from 19.5 minutes to 2.8 minutes. And, just this winter, Seattle closed the Alaskan Way viaduct, a highway that carried 90,000 cars through the downtown waterfront. During the transition to a new roadway, the highway was closed for three weeks resulting in an immediate 10% percent decrease in vehicles coming downtown, while transit bike ridership increased, showing that, if highways are not there, we will not use them.

World – New York Daily News