Governor Hogan, stop fast-tracking your highway expansion plan. First, do a comprehensive Environmental Impact Study, including a climate assessment. Fulfilling the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act while soliciting a private company for a partnership is a joke. Why did you eliminate public transit as an option? Currently, fewer commuters are driving, and more are relying on transit. It is the 21st century, and companies are prioritizing locating near transit. Public transportation is cleaner, and transports large numbers of people at affordable rates. Toll lanes would serve only rich professionals, if they choose to absorb the cost.
By widening I-270 and the Beltway, you are encouraging more people to drive. It is a mid-20th-century solution to a 21st-century traffic congestion problem. Your traffic relief plan will increase air pollution and contribute to climate disruption. It will only be a temporary reprieve for the affluent. Those exiting from the interstates will crowd the main roads leading into D.C.
Slow down, Mr. Hogan! You’re moving too fast on your solution for traffic congestion.