Transportation Planning Board Reverses Decision re: Toll Lanes on Beltway, I-270

Traffic jam with buses and carsGovernor Hogan’s signature transportation project got a boost last week when the Transportation Planning Board voted to widen part of the Capital Beltway and I-270 to include toll lanes. The vote reflected new support from Montgomery County leaders after the Governor agreed to include state funding for bus lanes as part of the expansion. This agreement helped alleviate some leaders’ environmental concerns related to the project. The Board had previously voted against the proposal in June.

Hogan released a statement saying the decision was “a great victory for the Marylanders sick and tired of being stuck in soul-crushing traffic.”

As noted in a recent post, traffic in the region now exceeds pre-pandemic levels. This will likely spur further interest in new transportation plans to address the congestion.

The Washington Post has published an extensive article regarding the proposed Beltway and I-270 expansion, including details such as specific locations and timelines.