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Nov 2, 2018
Del. Carr Sponsors Bill to Require County Approval for Toll Highway

Maryland State Delegate Al Carr (D-Kensington) has introduced legislation (MC 8-19) to require County approval before the State can build any new toll highway in Montgomery County.

The bill is modeled on
current law which requires local county approval of new State toll roads or bay crossings affecting the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Mark your calendar for the evening of Dec 3 or Dec 5, when there will be public hearing on the new bill in Rockville before the Montgomery County Delegation.

"Given the many questions to be answered and the concerns of about acquiring rights-of-way along the beltway and I270, I think Montgomery County should have a say in whether and where new toll roads are built," Carr said.

He also noted Maryland's lack of investment in commuter rail and the environmental impact of expanding the highways, which might result in loss of greenery and would likely impinge upon adjacent homes and facilities such as parks, schools and hospitals.

A detailed, searchable map of the state's existing right-of-ways on I-495 and I-270 is now online at the Maryland National Park and Planning Commission website.

The map can help you clarify the meaning of Gov. Hogan's promise to build four Lexus Lanes within the existing right-of-way (which seems unlikely without elevating the lanes above the existing highway.)

In addition to the map, this link will take you to the M-NCPPC page with other great resources about the Beltway/I-270 project.
Responding to the Latest
Pro-Lexus Lane Talking Points

As election day nears, we're hearing new talking points (from some GOP candidates) seemingly aimed at countering legitimate concerns about Gov. Hogan’s Lexus Lane proposal for I-495 and I-270.

Here's what they're saying and here's what we know.
Claim: Environmental reviews will delay construction for 10 years.
Not Likely: Maryland Dept. of Transportation/State Highway Administration plans for a final environmental impact statement by the third quarter of 2020. This would enable construction to begin soon after.
Claim: CABE’s protesting a design M-DOT is no longer considering.
Not Likely: If there’s a new design M-DOT hasn’t shared it with the public.

Our concerns are based on the same 15+ alternatives public agencies are commenting on (and concerned about) that were released by M-DOT for public comment last April.

M-DOT is expected to advance a few (possibly modified) alternatives for detailed study by Feb 2019.
Claim: Hogan can add four toll lanes without widening I-495/I-270.
Not Likely: Not unless the state intends to build fly-over lanes like Dallas’ LBJ Expressway or something similar. Otherwise, as Montgomery County Councilman Tom Hucker put it, this claim conflicts with Newtonian physics.

Planners we've talked to say land beyond the existing highways will be needed to build four toll lanes, access and exit lanes, lane dividers, new interchanges, shoulders, and sound barriers.

So we remain concerned about the impact of Lexus Lanes on homes, businesses, communities, and the environment,  as well as their ability to pay for themselves without tax dollars or help most commuters.

To Make a Difference, CABE Needs Your Help

Any amount  -- $5, $10, $25 -- will help fund mailings, flyers, yard signs and popular advocacy for better transportation without Gov. Hogan's Lexus Lanes on I-495 and I-270.

We rely on small donations. Donate today. Lets work together to protect our homes, communities and the environment. Spread the word.

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