Beltway widening may speed car trips, but at what cost?

The Capital Beltway winds through a suburban area, seen from above, in College Park, Maryland.


Gov. Hogan wants to widen the Capital Beltway with managed toll lanes. At least 34 homes would be demolished as part of the plan. Above, the Beltway snakes through Northern College Park.

On the narrow question of does this project achieve it’s stated goals — shortening highway commute times — Maryland may have a success. But on the greater question of proactive, responsible planning according to objective public policy, this plan is highly suspect.
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