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Traffic Facts: Elected Officials Agree That Congestion Must Be Addressed On I-270
Board Of Public Works Votes To Approve P3 Designation For Traffic Relief Plan, First Phase Will Be Improvements To I-270

Elected Officials Representing Marylanders On The Federal Level, In The General Assembly, And Local Level Support Making Improvements To I-270

In 2009, Members Of The Montgomery County Council, Voted Unanimously To Recommend Expansion On I-270 To Address Congestion; Called For Addition Of Express Toll Lanes. “The Council unanimously approved an approach proposed by Council President Phil Andrews, and recommended by the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee, that would have two lanes of I-270 built as reversible High Occupancy Vehicle Toll Lanes (HOV Toll) with tolls varying by levels of congestion. [Existing lanes would continue without tolls.] State traffic projections show that two reversible lanes—south-bound in the morning and north-bound for peak evening hours—would be sufficient to handle future traffic on I-270.” (Press Release, “Montgomery Council Recommends 2 Reversible Lanes For I-270 Expansion,” Montgomery County Council, 11/17/09)

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Stated That He Shared Common Ground With Governor Hogan On “Their Goals For I-270.” “But in an interview Thursday night before his final listening session tour at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Elrich suggested that he and the Republican governor had some common ground on their goals for I-270. ‘I don’t know if we have a difference on 270,’ the Democratic county executive said.” (Dan Schere, “Elrich Weaves On Position Toward Hogan’s Toll Lane Proposals.” Bethesda Magazine, 12/21/18)

Senator Chris Van Hollen: “No more Band-Aids, no more excuses. We must deal w/ the unacceptable congestion on I-270 now.” (Chris Van Hollen, Twitter, 9/19/16)

Congressman David Trone: “We’ve Got To Fix The Problem With I-270.” “Infrastructure right now in America has been put off and put off, and we’ve got to fix the problem with I-270 and I-81 where people are spending hours and hours of their time sitting in traffic, listening to WTOP — which is great — but at the same time they could be home with their families,’ Trone said.” (Max Smith, “Trone, Hoeber Vie For Maryland’s Open 6th District Seat,” WTOP, 10/29/18)

General Assembly Members Who Represent Montgomery And Frederick Counties Signed On To A Letter In Support Of Express Toll Lanes To Help Reduce Congestion On I-270; Called For Private Financing Assistance. “Additionally we support two Express Toll Lanes (ETLs), as a component of this project, to help reduce congestion on I-270… These ETLs should be combined with general-purpose lanes without tolls, so that these new transportation facilities will be financed in large part by private investments.” (Letter, “MoCo And Frederick State Legislators Support Light Rail CCT, I-270 Toll Lanes,” Maryland Politics, 7/30/09)

  • Signatories Currently Serving In The Maryland General Assembly:
    • Senator Nancy King
    • Senator Brian Feldman (Delegate at the time of signing)
    • Delegate Kumar Barve
    • Delegate Kathleen Dumais
    • Delegate James Gilchrist
    • Delegate Kiril Reznik (Letter, “MoCo And Frederick State Legislators Support Light Rail CCT, I-270 Toll Lanes,” Maryland Politics, 7/30/09)

State Senator Brian Feldman Stated Support For “Using Innovative Public Private Partnerships,” Including “Widening I-270 At Strategic Spots” As A Means Of Addressing Traffic Congestion. “To grow our economy, we need a comprehensive plan to combat traffic congestion, including widening I-270 at strategic spots and upgrades to the American Legion Bridge using innovative public private partnerships to fund these projects.” (“Voters Guide,” The League Of Women Voters Of Montgomery County, Pg. 17)

State Senator Ron Young Signaled Support By Stating He Would “Look For Money To Widen I-270.” “Transportation issues are usually addressed when Department of Transportation officials visit each county to discuss potential issues, so they don’t necessarily come up in the General Assembly, said Sen. Ron Young (D-Dist. 3). Young said he’d also look for money to widen I-270.” (Ryan Marshall, “I-270 Lanes Will Be Topic For Delegation During Assembly Session,” The Frederick News-Post, 12/30/18)

Delegate Eric Luedtke Stated That Reducing Congestion On I-270 Is One Of His Top Transportation Priorities. “My three highest priorities are construction of bus rapid transit in the Route 29 corridor, expansion of pedestrian and bicycle access around schools, and efforts to reduce congestion on I-270. I believe these goals can be met with existing revenues.” (“Voters Guide,” The League Of Women Voters Of Montgomery County, Pg. 17)

Delegate Lily Qi Has Called For “Improvements” On I-270 To Provide Traffic Relief. “My transportation priorities are to provide traffic relief to the growing Upcounty area by advancing Bus Rapid Transit systems and improvements on I-270.” (“Voters Guide,” The League Of Women Voters Of Montgomery County, Pg. 18)  

Montgomery County Councilman Craig Rice: “Good to hear Larry Hogan promises more lanes on 270 which has been a long standing Montgomery County Council, Senator Christopher Van Hollen, and Representative John Delaney priority.” (Craig Rice, Twitter, 9/21/17)

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