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Higgins urges Buttigieg to address transportation projects that have separated WNY communities

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Feb 24, 2021

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Congressman Brian Higgins (D - 26th District) has sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg urging the Biden administration to address transportation projects that have separated Western New York communities.

Higgins says the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) "is looking to Build Back Better with an aggressive infrastructure agenda" and he believes that can start right here in WNY.

In his letter, Higgins points out a tweet from Buttigieg which said “Black and brown neighborhoods have been disproportionately divided by highway projects or left isolated by the lack of adequate transit and transportation resources. In the Biden-Harris administration, we will make righting these wrongs an imperative.”

Higgins says “Western New York, in particular the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, is a case study of this damaging period in urban planning history.”

The congressman cited the Skyway, Kensington Expressway, Scajaquada Expressway and Robert Moses Parkway as examples.

You can read Higgins' full letter to Buttigieg here.