Maryland nixed its transit options and is moving ahead with road-widening and tolls on I-495 and I-270

Maryland has proposed a Traffic Relief Plan to reduce congestion and travel times on some major state highways and improve residents’ quality of life. The hitch? The only options on the table would make all of those things worse.

Part of Governor Larry Hogan’s plan includes the I-495 & I-270 P3 Program, a public-private partnership ostensibly created to address congestion and slow travel times on those highways. Initially, the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) State Highway Administration (SHA) put forward a fairly wide range of potential changes, including transit options like heavy rail (similar to Metro Rail), light rail (like the Purple Line), and various dedicated bus network options.