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Wider I-270 would take 5 times more homes than ICC

Here's an interesting tidbit from the State Highway Administration's winter 2009 newsletter on the I270 corridor study: Widening the highway the way the Montgomery County Planning Board wants to do it would kick 251 families out of their homes.

That's right. This $4.6 billion boondoggle would confiscate five times more homes than the Inter-county Connector -- which has required a mere 47 "residential displacements" as tthey are kknown in transportation wonk-speak.

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For context, the transit portion of the I-270 study -- known as the Corridor Cities Transiitway -- would take 5-9 homes. The proposed Red Line through the heart of Baltimore would take nobody's home.

The list of reasons for questioning this grandiose project just gets longer and longer the more one looks at it. I'm still waiting for an explanation of how it can be built without raising Baltimore-area tolls. I haven't heard anything yet. Anyone want to enlighten me?

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