Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the full Maryland Congressional Delegation in calling on the incoming Maryland Secretary of Transportation to provide the public with more information about widening I-270, widening the Capital Beltway and replacing the American Legion Bridge.
In a letter to Gregory Slater, the current head of the Maryland Highway Administration and incoming Maryland Secretary of Transportation, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Andy Harris M.D., Anthony G. Brown, Jamie Raskin and David Trone, raised several issues of concern following a meeting earlier this month with Administrator Slater and outgoing Maryland Secretary of Transportation Pete K. Rahn.
The Delegation also pressed state officials to consider a comprehensive approach to improving transportation across Maryland, rather than relying solely on a highway-only approach.
“The public deserves more information and greater transparency in the process of planning, constructing and implementing any projects for widening I-270, widening the Beltway and replacing the American Legion Bridge … more details on how and when specific properties will be affected, where tolling may impact on-ramps and exit ramps, how parkland may be impacted and the details of the environmental impact assessments,” the lawmakers wrote. “In our meeting with you and Secretary Rahn, we were clear about the need to plan for public transit in conjunction with any expansion of our highways for vehicle traffic … We are eager to hear in greater detail how multi-modal plans will be integrated in these projects, including the guidelines you would establish for incorporating transit into any public-private partnership to construct and manage new toll lanes.”