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Maryland election could decide fate of Beltway, I-270 toll lanes

7/1/2022 | Katherine Shaver

The Washington Post

The potential party nominees disagree on a state plan to reduce traffic congestion by expanding the highways

Toll lane opponents say the election of a project critic would buy time to explore more cost-effective and environmentally friendly ways to reduce driving, curb auto-dependent sprawl and combat climate change.

Democratic candidate John B. King Jr., a former U.S. education secretary, said voters want frequent and reliable mass transit options, particularly in Baltimore. He and every other leading Democratic candidate said they would revive the city’s light-rail Red Line project that Hogan canceled after calling it a “wasteful boondoggle.”

“In general,” King said, “highway widening is bad for the climate and ultimately bad for traffic by inducing demand.”