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.

Gail Landy

Gaithersburg

(7) comments

TomWheatley

Let's take a short ride on the WayBack Machine to 1984. The Red line proudly marches up 270 thru population centers like Rockville and stops JUST SHORT of Gaithersburg. Germantown was also on the books at becoming the disaster it is today. Why do the Metro stop 3 miles below Gaithersburg? Inexpensive land was there north of Gathersburg back then.
I-270 turned into a parking lot between the new Germantown and Shady Grove. A billion dollar road (I370) was put in to shuttle traffic off Shady Grove. How many shuttle were in place back then? And as for a 'fast-track', every Administration has 'studied' I270 to death, putting a lot of money into someone's pocket but really not doing that much to ease congestion. Add a third lane on the hills for the trucks and tar and feather the jerks who placed the weigh stations at the bottom of hills causing the road to essentially become a single lane while the trucks get up to speed.
I drove a 15 passenger vanpool from 1987 until I retired in 2006 down that road to NBS/NIST. Part of the solution I would like to think, but we often had a hard time filling the van. People did not want to give up their freedom, what if I need to leave early, what if, what it. We very seldom had any issues getting home in a hurry like when our third decided to arrive at 2 PM one Thursday.
OK, rant over :)

gary4books

And 370 is now part of the ICC and we are lucky they put in those connections early. Who could afford them now? But the main thing I remember about the ICC is that some fought it (tooth and nail) and it took years to get past the lawyers. Now it is a great road and has capacity. But then?

DickD

What we need is more expense for those that drive with one person in a car, during rush hour. Along with cheap public transportation and good connections at the end of the public transportation line.

public-redux

The question I've always had about mass transit is how people are supposed to get from their homes to the transit. Not everyone (or anything close to everyone) can live within walking distance of mass transit. And even if you do, there might be time-consuming transfers, some of which are likely to be intermodal, and all of which are subject to delays. Mass transit could work for more people but one of the costs will surely be substantial time spent getting around. I say this as someone who used mass transit for quite a few years. We need transit, we should have more of it, but it isn't going to solve the problems.

DickD

I used to take the subway (Metro) and it was great. No stop lights, no blocked traffic and you could sleep or read a newspaper the whole way. And far cheaper than parking in downtown D.C. Even took the Eyre bus down to Shady Grove, which eliminated the parking cost entirely.

public-redux

i lived in Arlington. 10 minute walk to a metro. 6 to 12 minute wait for the train. Never an open seat. Took the orange line to the red line to suburban MD. Transferred to a bus. The wait time for the bus could be 1 to 20 minutes. The bus ride was 15 to 20 minutes. Total time was just under an hour to 75 minutes each way.

The cost in dollars was low. The cost in time was high.

KellyAlzan

Are you for real, Gail?

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