As of this moment there is a plan to widen Interstate 370 and Interstate 270 between Shady Grove and the Beltway. Plans to widen I-270 from Shady Grove to Frederick would come later. This could mean eight lanes of traffic merging into two lanes at Clarksburg. We, the commuters of these interstate highways, are already experiencing enough traffic congestion at these points.
We need transit alternatives that would provide all-day, two-way train service as well as all-day weekend service. This could be accomplished by adding a third MARC track from Frederick to Brunswick or by building a monorail next to the interstates. The state Department of Transportation is refusing to plan for all-day rail service. However, Montgomery County planners are starting a study next July that will include all of these transportation alternatives.
Trains Not Tolls, a Frederick County citizens advocacy group, is currently asking for all-day and weekend train service instead of toll lanes on I-270. A Trains Not Tolls petition was presented to a joint meeting of the city of Frederick Board of Aldermen and the Frederick County Council on Oct. 16. The Trains Not Tolls petition, with 698 signatures, requests that Frederick County join with Montgomery County Planning Department in their current study of transportation needs that will start in July 2020.
We are convinced that an unbiased study will show that trains are a better solution than toll lanes. But let’s get the facts and let everyone judge for themselves. We urge the County Council to join with Montgomery County in their I-270 study. To see the petition, go to www.trainsnottolls.com.
Trains Not Tolls member