The following post by Del. Bill Frick (D-16) continues Seventh State’s series on reactions to Gov. Larry Hogan’s road proposal by candidates for county executive:
Traffic congestion is possibly the biggest challenge to Montgomery County’s quality of life and its economy, so I am pleased that Governor Hogan is talking about taking bold steps to deal with this problem. That said, what little we know of Hogan’s strategy raises many questions that must be answered.
Will we really be able to accomplish all he has outlined with private dollars?< Will there be any work to remedy clogged arterial streets and the bottleneck at the American Legion Bridge?
Would an all-toll solution provide enough capacity that it benefits non-toll drivers?
Will Hogan address Metro’s problems with seriousness and collaboration with DC, VA and the Federal Government?
Will Hogan include – and fund- the Corridor Cities Transitway as part of the I-270 strategy?
These are merely some of the policy questions. This doesn’t even scratch the surface of the practical and logistical issues that the proposal presents.
I hope that Governor Hogan is committed to real solutions to a real big problem. Press conferences are not enough. We need leaders to devote serious work, provide adequate resources, and bring stakeholders together across party and jurisdictional lines to get this county moving again.