JOHN B. KING STATEMENT ON THE BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS VOTING ON PRIVATE TOLL LANES CONSTRUCTION
8/10/2021 | John B. King,
“Community members as well as local and elected leaders around the beltway have expressed serious concerns about the expansion of I-270 and I-495. It’s time that leadership in our state listens to what communities most impacted by this decision want — and that’s to make investments in transportation that will address traffic in an equitable, fiscally and environmentally responsible way. Ineffective P3s that create private toll lanes are not the way to build public infrastructure when we have a partner in the federal government. We have an opportunity to bring more equity into transportation decisions. I hope Comptroller Franchot and the Board of Public Works make the right choice and vote against this design contract.
“We need a beltway expansion plan that gives local stakeholders and community members a seat at the table, not one that tries to bulldoze homes and parkland for beltway privatization. Governor Hogan’s vision for alleviating traffic on the beltway is deeply misguided — from the idea that a public infrastructure project this big and this important should be handed over to for-profit corporations, especially one like Transurban that has a truly disastrous record, to the short-sightedness of a transit plan that fails to consider the challenges of climate change.”