Sunday, May 17, 2020

Let’s shape a street the City can love!

                                     PINE STREET COALITION PROPOSAL:


      …An economically viable, environmentally sound alternative to the
 “Champlain Parkway/Southern Connector"

NEW STREET is the forward-thinking transportation alternative to the stalled, obsolete Champlain Parkway/Southern Connector project. NEW STREET incorporates many  elements of the plan, so can proceed to construction with minimal additional state and federal review. 
NEW STREET eliminates previous safety, environmental and social justice roadblocks, addressing much community opposition which has until now stymied the Champlain Parkway. 
NEW STREET protects the safety of travelers (vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists) and vulnerable adjacent populations. It bolsters long-term sustainability and development of Burlington's South End. We anticipate that NEW STREET should cost millions less to build than the proposed Champlain Parkway project. The New Street design cuts 1.5 lane-miles of roadway construction, maintenance, and storm-water infrastructure.
NEW STREET incorporates the most recent Environmental Justice initiatives from the Federal Highway Administration, thus avoiding disproportionate impact to Burlington's predominant minority and low-income neighborhoods.  NEW STREET responds to the Climate Emergency resolution adopted by the Burlington City Council on 9/23/19 and signed by the Mayor on 9/25/19. New Street reduces pavement,  promotes bike and pedestrian travel, and protects the Englesby Brook natural wildlife corridor.

                           NEW STREET OUTLINE: SECTION by SECTION 

  1. RESTORE and REFURBISH as a two-way, two-lane road the EXISTING PORTION of the never-completed SOUTHERN CONNECTOR. This runs from I-189 at Route 7 to Home Avenue. 
A roundabout intersection at south end of Pine Street retains connection between I-189, Queen City Park Road and South Burlington. LARGE TRUCK traffic, is REROUTED to the restored CONNECTOR roadway. Automobiles, light trucks, and bikes may travel this route or travel NORTH on PINE, and WEST or EAST on QUEEN CITY PARK ROAD.

From the Pine Street roundabout to Flynn Avenue the road will be posted as “TRUCK ROUTE.” The restored road ends at HOME AVENUE.
A sidewalk and separate bikeway is built on the west side of the restored connector from Pine Street to Home Avenue.
Beginning on NEW STREET, at the intersection of restored CONNECTOR and HOME AVENUE, light trucks, cars and bicycles may travel NORTH or SOUTH on NEW STREET, or EAST or WEST on HOME AVENUE.  LARGE TRUCKS continue SOUTH ON NEW STREET which ends at FLYNN AVENUE.
A new intersection on NEW STREET serves as entrance to CITY MARKET and PETRA CLIFFS businesses.
Between HOME  AVENUE AND FLYNN AVENUE the sidewalk and separate bikeway continue on the West (City Market) side of NEW STREET as well a sidewalk on the East side.   

NEW STREET replaces BRIGGS STREET and a small section of BATCHELDER STREET in the new design remains as in the current design on the east side for residences access to the adjacent Addition road network.

From NEW STREET intersection with Flynn Avenue cars and light trucks will be routed  WEST and EAST on Flynn and SOUTH on NEW STREET. LARGE TRUCKS are REROUTED West on FLYNN.

The Westside sidewalk and separate bikeway continue NORTH to ENGLESBY BROOK—the sidewalk and separate bikeway crossing the Brook will likely feature an historic iron bridge of the VTrans program of historic preservation.  The sidewalk and separate bikeway continue to Sears Lane and through to Lakeside Avenue.   At Lakeside Avenue the sidewalk and bikeway turn East one block to Pine Street, then North toward downtown on the  Westside of Pine to Kilburn Street-Curtis Lumber. From Kilburn Street  to Main Street the sidewalk continues and bicyclists use a protected bike lanes on Pine Street.  No traffic signals would be installed at either Pine Street/Maple Street or Pine Street/King Street intersections. 

May 16, 2020   Pine Street Coalition L3C     Rev. 1

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Climate Emergency, Safe Walking and Biking, Quality Transportation for South End--Demand Action, Now!

A $47 Million Coming Together? Champlain Parkway “New Street,” Pine Street Coalition's new template, being explored as a collaborative choice to end litigation, speed a quality, safest and fairest neighborhood access serving BTV's South End's economy/environment.

Pine Street Coalition starts contacts to reach agreement for project redesign, construction.  Parkway dead in water.  Time to do it right--New Street is cheapest, greenest, quickest, safest modern transportation facility for our South End, far beyond any such facility in Vermont!!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Parkway Court Delayed by Federal Officials 4 Months--Again, No Construction 2020, New Design Chance Increases

   Champlain Parkway: Let's shape a roadway our City can love!


The Pine Street Coalition—a Grassroots Volunteer Community Group
              For a Cheaper, Greener, Quicker and Much Safer Roadway


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2020  

Pine Street Coalition Tony Redington 343-6616
Post Office Box 8726 Steve Goodkind 316-6045
Burlington, VT 05402 Charles Simpson 865-5110
Donna Walters 734-2339
                                           For photos: Carolyn Bates  238-4213


BURLINGTON VERMONT,  JANUARY 21, 2020 -- Environmental justice impacts of

the Champlain Parkway receive four more months scrutiny as the Federal Highway 

Administration (FHWA), VTrans and the City of Burlington further examine the project's 

possible disproportionate impact on affected minority and low-income residents.

After local grassroots organization Pine Street Coalition (Coalition) filed a 

federal National  Environmental Policy Act lawsuit last June, FHWA admitted that 

outreach to minority and low-income residents, required by new federal regulations, 

needed attention.  Last October US District Court (Court) granted a 90 day stay of the 

lawsuit to allow the City,  VTrans and FHWA to hear comments about the impacts of 

the $47 million project on one of the City's most disadvantaged neighborhoods.  In a January 17 Court filing FHWA—following a September public meeting, neighborhood 

meetings and receiving comment—requests an additional four months to prepare a 

report and possible reinstatement of an environmental document rescinded last 

October 11.  

The  project corridor runs along Pine Street through the  heart of the Maple King 

Streets neighborhood, Burlington's second highest low income and most diverse 

neighborhood.   Census data shows over 80% of households have  either moderate or

poverty incomes.  The neighborhood is home to many refugee and immigrant families 

as well as retirees.  

Although the project has been under consideration since the mid 1960's, the 

decision to run the highway along Pine Street to Main Street is a recent change in the

project design, introduced in the now obsolete controlling 2009  environmental

document.   "The City  previously opposed this route, because of the impacts to the 

community," said Steve Goodkind, the former Burlington City Engineer. 

“The City had already rejected this route because it does not meet the objective of the 

project, which is getting traffic out of community streets,” he said. 

Donna Walters, a Maple Street resident who spoke at the September Outreach 

Meeting pointed to substantial future traffic increases in the King Maple neighborhood 

when fumes from backed up traffic now pollute the air to the point that many in her 

apartment building have to keep their windows shut in the summer for protection 

from breathing vehicle exhausts.  “This will only worsen living conditions for us,” she


"The project shifts the negative impacts of a highway -- traffic, noise, pollution, 

and most importantly serious safety risks to pedestrians and bicyclists -- from a 

high income neighborhood to this low-income neighborhood," said Tony 

Redington of the Coalition.   "That is exactly what federal environmental justice review

is meant to avoid."  The grassroots group has long advocated 

for a slimmer Parkway with “best practices” safe-for-all-modes roundabouts

instead adding a half dozen dangerous traffic signals. 

“Clearly the Parkway construction cannot occur this year, unlikely in 2021,” said 

Redington for the Coalition.  “Time and money can be saved by undertaking a 

Parkway re-design meeting the needs of the South End of today now

unaddressed,  including safety for those who walk and bike and global heating,” said 

Redington.   The current design has no sidewalks or safe/separate bicycle facilities, 

Redington added. 

Tuesday, December 24, 2019


Roundabouts are the safest intersections in the world and great places to celebrate any holiday with creative abandon!

Friday, December 20, 2019

A democratic organization with majority of voting members representing eight grassroots, volunteer groups: Downtown Neighborhood Association, Keep the Park Green, People for Peace and Security, Pine Street Coalition, Save Open Space, Save Memorial Auditorium, Save Our City, South End Arts Alliance

SEE CHANNEL 22/44 NEWS REPORT 12/20/2019:


Contacts: Andrew Simon 999-5275
Tony Redington 343-6616

BURLINGTON—The Coalition for a Livable City issues the following statement:

The Coalition for a Livable City (CLC), a union of eight Burlington-area civic organizations seeking to implement social justice and a progressive municipal agenda, voted unanimously on Tuesday, December 17 to condemn the culture of harassment of dissent that is fostered by the current city administration.

Further, we stand to defend Charles Winkleman, local activist and blogger, in his call for the resignation of Mayor Miro Weinberger. Ex-BPD Chief Del Pozo used an anonymous account to harass Charles on social media, lied about it, then failed to correct the record for three months after he returned to work. Such malicious interference with the First Amendment rights of a city resident in their exercise of free speech cannot be tolerated in this city, especially by those charged with maintaining public order and security.
 We demand that the harassment of activists like Charles by police officers or any other city officials stop and that a culture of respectful debate be established and welcomed in Burlington.

Government officials have the legal responsibility to facilitate the processes of democracy, not suppress civic engagement through intimidation and harassment. Such harassment amounts to punishment without due process of law. The CLC demands that Burlington officials who engaged in such behavior or who allowed it to happen under their supervision be identified and held accountable. We have no confidence in Mayor Weinberger or in his ability to control or correct the current culture of harassment which he has allowed to prevail in this city.”

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Parkway Dead in Water -- Environmental Document Rescinded

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 19, 2019  
Pine Street Coalition Tony Redington 343-6616
Post Office Box 8726 Steve Goodkind 316-6045
Burlington, VT 05402 Charles Simpson 865-5110

BURLINGTON—The Pine Street Coalition wins a round against the Champlain 
Parkway as federal officials rescind the environmental document stopping all
further expenditures and significantly delaying construction. 

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on October 11 in the Federal Register 
cancels the 2009 Parkway environmental document in part to allow 
“environmental justice” examination under new regulations, agreeing with the grass
roots Pine Street Coalition (Coalition) that regulations adopted since 2009 must now
focus on the low income/minority King Maple neighborhood Parkway impacts.  

“No  funds can be spent on the Parkway without an environmental document is in
place,” said Tony Redington, a Coalition leader.   He said in a FHWA November 8
filing with U.S. District Court (Court) in Burlington delays any further actions at Cour until early January and FHWA promises a decision at that time of a further delay of 
up to three months.

“Environmental justice” rules say a finding of a disproportionate impact of a federal
highway project on a low income/minority neighborhood requires minimizing 
those impacts.  The Coalition charges last year and in its June Court filing
detailed disproportionate impacts of the Parkway on the King Maple neighborhood.
Because no environmental justice case in a small state like Vermont has occurred,
the Parkway review is being done by a panel in the U.S. Department of
Transportation.  Former City Engineer and Department of Public Works Director
Steve Goodkind, a Coalition leader, said the City strongly objected to the Pine
Street route though the King Maple neighborhood throughout.  “We fought long and
 hard on the Parkway alternatives and on our concerns of harm to the King Maple
 neighborhood from the current choice—the City advocated for the Battery Street
connection bypassing the neighborhood but FHWA would not listen,” Goodkind said.

The Coalition filed its Court case against the current Parkway in June and seeks a full
redesign of the roadway.  The grassroots group of over 150 seeks a new design 
process based on the claim the 2009 environmental document is stale, obsolete and

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Selected Comments Against Current Champlain Parkway Design--Envionmental Justice Outreach

Burlington residents speak out against the Champlain Parkway current
design: some comments submitted as part of the Environmental Justice
Outreach Meeting September 26, 2019 

Note the complete statements of these commenters below can be viewed at 

Next Pine Street Coalition Meeting, 9:30 a.m. Wednesday October 30, Krestel Coffee (formerly Maglianero), Maple Street between So. Champlain and Battery 

Diane Elliott Gayer ...There needs to be a new EIS study.  The conditions that the engineering and landscape design are based on have dramatically changed.  There are [m]any traffic and environmental conditions that will be worse with this current plan.

1. Do NOT dead-end Pine Street at South Burlington.  Make the connection to 189 a roundabout facility.
..3. Do NOT design the Parkway for high-speed clearances and then post it for low-speed travel.  This does not work...4. End the Parkway at Flynn Avenue...5. Develop a coherent plan for King and Maple Streets before shoving more traffic through the intersections...

Carolyn Bates, Carolyn Street ...Now this project must undergo an environmental justice review. This means the project planners must show that the project will not have a disproportionate impact on low income and minority neighborhoods like mine.

I think it does have a horrifically huge discrepancy and impact. This project must be stopped NOW, and never go forward.  Look at your own projected chart on the volume of traffic in the multi page handout you gave to us.  It is on Pg  27.  Wealthy neighborhoods have a reduction of 72% and 56% in traffic.  Lakeside, with some low income people, has an increase in 9%.

Our neighborhood of King and Maple, has 37% increase at Maple St and Pine and another 22% on King and Pine. It is the second poorest neighborhood in Burlington, with 200 section 8 people, and at least 21housing projects. It also has a huge population of non-English speaking African Americans...

James Lockridge, Maple Street ...I also wish there were roundabout-style intersections at King and Maple Streets, which keep polluting vehicles moving past homes rather than idling in front of them, and are known to be safer than traffic lights for pedestrians. If any kind of roundabout fit into those intersections, it would be closer to best practices for transportation safety and neighborhood wellbeing than old fashioned traffic lights would...

Mark Hughes, ED, Burlington, Justice For All Coordinator, Vermont Racial Justice Alliance these plans began and the adverse and disproportionate impact that this project has on one of the most diverse and socioeconomically disadvantaged communities in Burlington....We can do better and we must do it now. Stop the project and include the impacted community in planning.

Michael Long, Brookes Avenue ...With regard to the Champlain Parkway design as proposed, the projected one third increase in traffic through the King Street/Maple Street neighborhood  is incongruous and unacceptable for a project that is ostensibly intended to alleviate traffic congestion, particularly through residential neighborhoods...A 20th century road is senseless when we’re nearly two decades into the 21st century already.  

Jack Daggitt, St. Paul Street ...If a street connecting Shelburne Road and Lakeside Avenue is opened up it is foolish to think motorists will observe a 25 MPH speed limit on a smooth freshly paved surface. Without roundabouts at critical intersections we can only expect increased speed, air pollution and danger to both bicycles and pedestrians.

Shared use facilities for both bicycles and pedestrians serve the needs of neither. Bicycle need protected bike lanes not just a white stripe on a road heavily traveled by motor vehicles.

Charles Simpson, Summit Street ...New USDOT requirements include consideration of disproportionate impact on low-income and racial minority populations. The planned route will dump considerably more vehicles than at present into the Pine/Maple/King area which is well above city averages for those over 65, for racial minorities, and for low-to-moderate income residents...Our Municipal Plan calls for complete streets, which include not only separate and distinct bike and pedestrian paths, but street connectivity. The current plan for the parkway adds zero separate paths and creates dead ends on numerous streets that are now connected. The most significant of these truncated streets is the main commercial thoroughfare of the South End itself, Pine Street. This will deprive residents of essential access to the adjacent commercial district in South Burlington, including low income residents in South Meadow and will further congest Shelburne Road, making it the sole route out of the South End. Buses and emergency vehicles will be greatly limited in their routes as well as walkers, bikers, and drivers. Commercial routes from Pine Street will be cut off. This makes no sense and is retrogressive from a traffic planning perspective...

Tony Redington, North Winooski Avenue ...A closer look at King/Maple shows perfectly the direct connection between the past 30 years of highway investment and the disproportionate impacts on low income/minority populations. Our two highest proportion of low/moderate and diverse populations in the City of Burlington—the Old North End and King/Maple (both over 80% low-moderate income)—also are neighborhoods where about a third have no access to a car and therefore are dependent on walk, bicycle, and transit modes! For 30 years minority and low income areas have been neglected at all governmental levels either by design or neglect when it comes to transportation investments—the current Parkway design is the very embodiment of that practice...While residents already complain about the traffic levels and associated noise, walking discomfort and pollution, King Maple very simply must face a 29-37% increase in daily traffic as outlined in...traffic analysis...

Place to sign petition to support a new EIS/modern roadway design:


Note the complete statements of these commenters below can be viewed at

Pine Street Coalition October 17, 2019