Advertisement

Don't add toll lanes, remove cars instead

Don't add toll lanes, remove cars instead
Traffic flows along interchanges that link the Capital Beltway and I-270, highways Maryland's governor would like to expand through toll lanes. (Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

I urge Gov. Larry Hogan to scrap the plans for new toll lanes for Maryland's highways (“Maryland Gov. Hogan’s toll lane project in D.C. suburbs causes dissent,” Jan. 3). Every elected official, whether local, state or federal, should be using the lens of the impending climate change crisis to develop our future transportation plans.

We need to remove fossil-fuel burning vehicles from our roads by creating better mass transit systems, not by making it easier for cars to clog our highways. The era of all electric vehicles is too far in the future so we need to reduce emissions now.

Advertisement

The plan for the toll lanes hopes to remove cars from the now-congested highways and divert many to the new toll lanes. A better option for the future of our planet is to remove the vehicles through the use of mass transit rather than by creating more highway lanes.

Kevin D. Cleary, Baltimore

Advertisement
Advertisement