Austin Chronicle – Manor Expressway OK, Feds Say

The Federal Highway Administration has rejected a claim by several Austin nonprofits that the planned Manor Expressway would impose financial and environmental hardships on East Austin’s low-income and minority communities in violation of the Civil Rights Act. The complainants – including Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Save Our Springs Alliance, and the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environ­ment – presented an alternate plan that would have, among other measures, reduced toll rates based on federal poverty program eligibility, created buffers between the tollway and nearby populations, banned heavy vehicles from feeder streets, and added dedicated bus lanes, but the recommendations went nowhere.

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