Maryland toll lanes won’t ease traffic, critics say

The Hogan administration is moving ahead with plans to construct new toll lanes on I-270 and the Capital Beltway in Maryland, while Virginia Governor Northam inked a deal to expand the state’s toll lanes as well. But critics say that Maryland’s plans are moving too fast, procedurally, while the actual highway may not move most drivers faster at all.

Hogan announced his plan in September of 2017 and put it on the fast track (fast lane?). The state is currently negotiating a public-private partnership with a company to build and operate the lanes while also wrapping up an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) most recently narrowed the set of alternatives to only ones that involve building more tolled highway lanes, either HOT lanes which are free to carpoolers and transit, or ones where everyone has to pay a toll.