Urge The Maryland Board of Public Works To Vote NO on Toll Lanes

The next step for Maryland Department of Transportation’s toll lane project is to get approval from the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW). Please urge them to vote NO!

The BPW consists of Gov. Hogan, MD Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and MD Comptroller Peter Franchot.  The best hope for slowing down this project is to urge Treasurer Kopp and Comptroller Franchot to vote NO on the public-private-partnership authorization when it comes up for a vote in May at the BPW.  They are meeting May 8, so please submit your comments soon!

Use these links to send email to Nancy Kopp and Peter Franchot.

You can read a sample letter here written by DTMG member Olivia Bartlett; your letter does not need to be this long.

Talking Points:

  • MDOT is rushing through a 50-year, $9-11 Billion or more project without doing a current origin/destination study of traffic and without adequately considering mass transit alternatives to reduce the number of cars on the road.
  • MDOT is essentially ignoring public input on the project.
  • The original P3 legislation was not meant to allow the Governor to go around the MD Legislature for pet projects.
  • The MD Division of Legislative Services supported the types of oversight of P3 projects contained in HB 1091, which passed the MD House of Representatives with a veto-proof majority but did not get a vote in the Senate.
  • MDOT’s toll road  plans are a 20th-century solution to a 21st century problem.  Similar toll roads in other states have not done well financially, leaving the state on the hook.
  • Adding 4 lanes to the beltway and I-270 up to I-370 as proposed will be environmentally unsound, will destroy more than 1450 acres of trees, will increase noise in neighborhoods along these roads to unacceptable levels, and will exacerbate existing traffic congestion on roads leading off the beltway into MD communities.

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