I agree with Representative Anthony Brown that widening I-270 and the Capital Beltway with toll lanes is an outdated solution to congestion.
In the editorial “Hundreds rally to stop controversial highway widening project,” local officials and Montgomery County residents favor expanding transit to curb the horrific upper county traffic congestion. Highway expansion will guarantee more vehicle traffic. The resulting increase in greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks will compound climate disruption.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, who initially supported the Hogan project, has requested more time to confer with Montgomery County Council Members and County Executive Elrich.
He also is responding to pressure from Montgomery County residents who oppose the project due to the possible demolition of their homes and progressive organizations concerned about the environmental impacts.
I urge Governor Hogan to initiate the required environmental impact study before pursuing a private partnership for the highway expansion plan.
Gail B Landy