After Maryland PIRG's advocacy, our state has decided to avoid wasting $11 billion on a harmful and unnecessary highway expansion.
On May 13, the Maryland Department of Transportation announced a decision to significantly reduce the scope of a proposed widening project for I-270, I-495 and the Capital Beltway. Not only is the car-dependent transportation sector Maryland’s No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions, but it also results in about 500 vehicle-crash deaths every year. And those problems are only exacerbated by highway expansions, which tend to worsen traffic congestion rather than alleviate it.
Maryland PIRG identified the Capital Beltway project as one of the country's most wasteful highway "boondoggles" back in 2018.
“The dramatic downsizing of the Capital Beltway expansion is a huge victory for Marylanders, but it’s time to completely scrap this expansion project," said Maryland PIRG State Director Emily Scarr. "Maryland needs to take a fresh approach to transportation spending and invest in healthier, cleaner and more sustainable electrified public transit, biking and walking.”
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