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Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this morning’s Hollywood Farmers’ Market newsletter

Thank you to all who have been with us through this trying time of the lack of produce farmers at our market.  At this point Valencia’s Produce will no longer be a part of the market.  When Maria has a chance, she will send a link to a Go Fund Me page for anyone who is interested in supporting the Valencia family during Martin’s Chemo.  They have been a great part of our Hollywood family and will be missed.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they struggle through this trying time.

Farmer Pam has made a commitment to be at our market until she can find someone else.  We really appreciate her efforts to be a part of the Hollywood Market.

Eco City Farm will be a ‘Pop up’ farm stand selling from the “gleaning box” and maybe a few extra items.  Please help us welcome Eco City Farms to our market- we are super happy to have them with us!

Jose Montoya, a popular farmer at the Crossroads market, will be joining us.  He uses conventional growing practices. Right now he has lots of tomatoes, zucchini (both 8 ball and regular), cucumbers, mint, herb plants, onions and more!

The UMD Dairy will return this week with their delicious selection of ice cream served by the cup. Perfect for the kids or for the Dads (Happy early Father’s Day)!

Nick Newlin (aka Nicolo Whimsey) will be preforming with Double Sharp.  Nick is a family entertainer, musician, arts educator, and author.  He’ll have something for all the ages.  Check out his webpage at:  http://www.nicolowhimsey.com/

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the cup or 1 lb. bag
A Little Pottery: Handmade clay products
Amity Thai Kitchen: Fresh Thai food
Baker Charley: Gluten Free desserts
Calvert Farms: Fresh, Organically Grown Produce
Dearheart Wood and Designs: Unique cutting boards
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Eco City Farm: Pop up Farm Stand
Gloria Bakery: Fresh breads
Heavenly Created Desserts and Dogs: Hot dogs, cupcakes, scones and pies
El Sol:  Tacos, Tortas and Pupusas
Mel’s Munchies: Sweet treats
Skyii Unlimited: Naturally made body care
Sohy Flowers: locally grown bouquets of fresh cut flowers
Treasure Alley Crafts:  Homemade Jewelery
UMD Dairy: Freshly made ice cream sold by the cups
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
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MDA Mosquito Control Control Program

  • The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. The program consists of:
  • Larviciding standing water; treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva preventing their development into adult mosquitoes. MDA does this every 4-6 weeks.
  • Spraying to control adult mosquitoes has begun and goes through early September. Spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park (weather permitting) after dusk on Wednesday evenings by truck mounted ultra-low volume sprayers. MDA does not spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.

Prince George’s County Health Department reminds residents to follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:

  • Drain: Standing water attracts mosquitoes. Empty out any outside water containers near your home at least once per week
  • Dress: Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus.

For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc), contact the City’s Department of Public Works for a mosquito torpedo which releases an insect growth regulator in water that prevents adult mosquito development.

To report areas of heavy mosquito populations, go to the following link and provide your information http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=740Kl54#

Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services:

Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Click here for application.

For more information, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/pets#mosquitoes.

Tonight at NCPCA Meeting – Beltway Expansion, Proteus Bike and More..

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

This evening, at 7:30 pm, please attend the NCPCA meeting at Davis Hall. The SHA / MDOT representatives will be at the meeting to take your questions and concerns about the Beltway expansion plan. The College Park City Council had consistently opposed the expansion plan, because of its concerns on the loss of properties and green space in north College Park, an increase of noise and pollution in the neighborhood and worsening effect of the failing I-495 exit on Route 1. Please see my blog post here to find more about how the expansion plan may affect College Park’s residents.

Please see the full agenda below:

7:30 Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding the conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.
7:35 Featured Business – Proteus Bicycle. Proteus has relocated to the former Mom’s location in Hollywood Shopping Center on Rhode Island Avenue. Laurie Lemieux will provide an update about new products and services at the new and much larger Proteus location.

7:50 Beltway Widening Impact on Hollywood & Sunnyside. Representatives of MDOT SHA will present the latest information about the proposed beltway widening project. In info presented to NCPCA on May 9, and in later posts by Councilmember Fazlul Kabir at https://www.kabircares.org/?s=beltway , we learned that this project may remove or significantly impact homes, parks and greenspace in North College Park including Odessa Road, Niagara Road, Ontario Road, and in the wooded area between 52nd Place and Al Huda School along Edgewood Road. In total, as many as 45 homes in North College Park may be at risk, and many other residents may be subject to increased noise and pollution.

8:40 Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share, while all of us enjoy a quick break.

8:50 NCPCA Officer Elections. Members will elect NCPCA President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The nominating committee has identified candidates, and nominations for these offices will also be taken from the floor. Election results will be presented tonight.

9:00 Approval of Minutes & Officers Reports Minutes of our April 11 and May 9 meetings will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

9:05 Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:10 Election Results and Presentation of New NCPCA Officers. Please thank our outgoing officers and welcome our new officers for 2019 – 2020.

9:15 Proposed NCPCA City Hall Referendum. Jordan Schackner moves that NCPCA approve the following resolution “NCPCA wants the City Council to place approval of the $21+ Million spending on a New City Hall to referendum on November 5 so voters can decide if they want to pay for this project “. Discussion and vote will follow. Jordan has developed an online petition that allows residents to sign and submit comments to Council here.

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change. Draft minutes of the April 11 and May 9, 2019 NCPCA meetings will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at http://www.myncpca.org

NCPCA Dues. Dues of $10 must be paid to vote for NCPCA officers. We will collect dues before the meeting. Please arrive a bit early if you have not already paid dues.

Council Discusses Beltway Expansion Plan with the SHA Representatives

Last week, members of the SHA team came before the City Council to answer questions about Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan (expansion plan) on I-495 Beltway and I-270.

Several members of the MDOT / SHA team came to the meeting. They included: Lisa Choplin, the Director of SHA/MDOT’s I-495/I-270 P3 program, Jeff Folden, Deputy Director of the P3 program, Matt Snow from the MDOT / SHA NEPA team working on the traffic analysis, Carol Brookmann, environmental manager of the I495 / I270 managed lane study,  Kathrine Robins of the MDOT / SHA NEPA team working on the noise analysis, NEPA team, Kristi Brad of the MDOT / SHA NEPA team working on the air quality issues, Sean New of MDOT/SHA government relations.

We had got a quite a few questions about the plan, specifically about the loss of properties and green spaces, the effect of the expansion on the noise in the neighborhood, and the effect of the expansion on the traffic on Route 1. Prior to the meeting, we sent a list of detailed questions to the SHA.

You can see our discussion with the SHA representatives here on our City website.

The team explained different parts of the map. The orange line represents the existing right-of-way line, whereas the green line represents the preliminary limit of disturbances.  The blue shaded area within the LOD represents possible stormwater management facilities. The red dash line in the map represents is the 66dB noise contour line, without any noise barrier.

  • Limit of Disturbance (LOD): How certain the LOD will be?
    • According to the team, the area within the LOD is necessary for roadway improvements, for example, to maneuver the construction vehicles around the site during the construction phase. It will also include stormwater management facilities. These are preliminary boundaries, as the team is halfway through the NEPA study. After taking comments for another week, the team will go into the detailed study. The team wants to present the preferred alternatives at the end of the year. The LOD boundary area will be most likely reduced as the team keeps working on the NEPA study. Some of the LOD will be needed for a temporary basis, others could be permanent. Direct access points to the managed lanes will be accommodated within the LOD.
  • Effect of Noise and Noise Barriers:
    • The old noise barriers were constructed in the late ’80s. The new noise barrier may be higher than the existing one and could be further into the neighborhood. Some places, such as near the Route 1 intersection, where there isn’t any noise barrier, could have new noise barriers. The team is now evaluating the possible locations of the noise barrier, and they will be published in the draft EIS at the end of this year.
  • Role of the Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Concessionaire:
    • The developer who will be building the managed lanes (aka tool lanes), will have some flexibility in setting the right footprint. The SHA-MDOT, however, will set the standard and performance measurements based. The SHA-MDOT will have outcome-based requirements that the Concessionaire will have to fulfill.
  • RFP (Request for Proposal) of the Construction Contract
    • The final RFP for the construction contract is expected to be made by mid next year. The detailed specification will be made public when the plan is submitted to the Board of Public Works for final approval.
  • Completion of EIS (Environmental Impact Statement):
    • I asked why the EIS wasn’t completed before the BPW vote was taken, and even the RFP process has started. I said the community was actively involved in the EIS / NEPA process during the proposed FBI development project in Greenbelt. The County Council has also passed a resolution asking the MDOT / SHA to complete the EIS before approving the project. The representative (Jeff Folden)  told us that this is a “fairly common practice” to do EIS before preliminary approval of the projects, citing other projects elsewhere.
  • Proposed Park / Playground in Sunnyside:
    • The proposed park at the end of Odessa Rd is within the LOD (Limit of Disturbance) boundary. We shared our concerns with the SHA representatives, as teh City Council approved already approved funds in its FY 2020 budget. The SHA/MDOT representatives told us they didn’t know about our plan to build a park there. They said they will reconsider to designate that as a LOD. We hope to hear back from them on this very soon.

 

Council Awards Local Schools for Sustainability Practices

At this week’s meeting, the Council ]recognizes College Park neighborhood schools for their sustainability practices with the goal of energizing schools to become and maintain their status as green schools through the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s (MAEOE) Green School program.

City’s Education Advisory Committee in collaboration with the College Park City-University Partnership teamed up to introduce this program.

The City through it’s Education Advisory Committee/Partnership Green School Award is external recognition of their programming and a boost for their application.

The College Park Green School Award, in this its first year, was open to neighborhood schools serving College Park students. It included the following categories for awards:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Pollutions Prevention
  • Recycling/Re-Use measure
  • Air Quality

“Green-o-vation” project (STEM + Green + Innovation)

Criteria for receiving an award includes completing a questionnaire about their initiative, a number of students involved, the success of the program, challenges faced and how the projects/initiatives will be sustained in the future. Schools provided photos in addition to the documentation.

Schools approved for the award by the Education Advisory Committee for Council recognition:

  • Berwyn Heights Elementary
  • Hyattsville Middle School
  • Paint Branch Elementary
  • Hollywood Elementary

Residents’ Group Explores Council Term Extension Proposal

Public forum at Davis Hall

The City established a Charter Review Commission (CRC) to hear from our residents on the benefits and concerns associated with changing the length of the term for elected officials from two to four years, and on the benefits and concerns related to staggering those terms or having them run concurrently.

The Commission held two public forums, one at the City Hall, and another at Davis Hall early this year.

Recently, the Committee published its report, which can be found here on City’s website.

The report covers a wide range of topics related to the term extension proposal.

  • Voter engagement
  • Student participation
  • Accountability
  • Recall provision
  • Continuity
  • Election costs and a consideration of staggered terms
  • Frequency of campaigns from the candidates’ perspective
  • Commitment to four-year term

I want to thank the members of the committee for doing an outstanding job in exploring these issues. Also, thanks to the residents who participated in this study.

The Municipal Scene Goes Completely Digital

Starting this month, City’s Municipal Scene will go completely digital. This means that the new Municipal Scene is now an HTML based digital magazine.

At a recent worksession, I brought up the idea of converting the Scene from the pdf format to the HTML based web page format, in order to make it significantly more accessible. Because it is now completely web-based, it can now be auto-translated in up to 103 languages and the translation will render within the document itself providing a seamless view.

You can access the June 2019  Municipal Scene in the current format here:

Additionally,  new features include:

  • Unlike a static pdf document (like the old Municipal Scene), this new version is mobile/tablet-ready and will resize based on the screen size.
  • Depending on your browser or computer/mobile settings, text can display larger and it works for text-to-speech readers (for those with vision difficulties).
  • Stories can be better highlighted and made more prominent
  • The publication has an easy to use the table of contents/menu and is searchable, making content easy to find.
  • The Municipal Scene can still be printed

Now that the Municipal Scene is completely digital, video, animations, and other things can also be embedded to jazz up the publication.

Thanks to our staff in City’s Communication department for making this conversion possible.

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Park Commission Puts Brake on Hogan’s Beltway Expansion Plan

The 10-member governing body of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) voted 9 to 1 to not concur with the alternatives retained for detailed study (ARDS) proposed by the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA). The ARDS is part of the state’s study to relieve traffic congestion on Interstate 495 and Interstate 270.

The decision was reached during a June 6 teleconference. M-NCPPC asserts that MDOT SHA’s recommended ARDS narrows the scope of the study so much that reliable conclusions for a complete environmental review cannot not be achieved. Its decision is based on four main reasons:

1) Segmentation and Phasing – Identifying the need and scope of improvements to I-495 is dependent on addressing whether by-pass or through traffic can be diverted to I-270 and drawn off of the constrained area of I-495 between I-270 and I-95. The phasing is an important factor because diverting traffic to use the Intercounty Connector (ICC) requires the I-270 phase to be completed first.

2) Termini – The Study Area in Montgomery County omits I-270 north of I-370 (from Rockville to Frederick), and in Prince George’s County omits I-495 from MD 5 to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The impacts from those omitted areas will result in incomplete conclusions for environmental impact.

3) Transit – Meaningful, local serving transit and transportation demand management must be integral components of the project for any of the alternatives to be studied.

4) Parkland Management – The public value in parkland extends to passive and active impacts – recreation, stormwater management, water quality, etc. It is imperative for the study alternatives to attend and account for the Commission’s parkland acquired either under the Capper-Cramton Act or the agency’s other statutory responsibilities.

About the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study

The I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study was initiated by MDOT SHA as an element of a broader plan to relieve traffic congestion on the busiest routes in the region. The study considers improvements along I-495 (Capital Beltway), as well as along I-270 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Highway). The Managed Lanes Study will evaluate a range of alternatives within the specific area of I-495 from the Virginia side of the American Legion Bridge in Fairfax County to Exit 7 on the Maryland side of I-495/I-95 and on I-270 from I-495 to I-370.

A notice of intent to complete an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Managed Lanes Study area was issued by the Federal Highway Administration on March 16, 2018, and under Executive Order the agency is tasked with reaching permit stage in two years.

MDOT SHA proposes that the purpose of the I-495 and I-270 Managed Lanes Study is to develop a travel demand management solution that addresses congestion, improve trip reliability on I-495 and I-270 within the study limits and enhance existing and planned multimodal mobility and connectivity. MDOT SHA has expressed its intent is to utilize a public-private partnership (P3) in order to design, construct, operate and maintain any proposed infrastructure improvements.

Managed lanes consist of a highway facility or set of lanes where operating strategies are used to control the number of vehicles using the lanes at any given time. Any selected build alternative is likely to have significant impacts on parkland and the associated facilities, programs and natural and cultural resources in both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties as well as on communities in those counties.

Learn more about the MDOT SHA Managed Lanes Study.

The Commission’s project coordinators are Carol Rubin for Montgomery County and Debra Borden for Prince George’s County.

College Park PGPD Crime Report – May 2019

The College Park May 2019 PGPD crime map was generated from the PGPD crime data for the period of April 30 – June 1, 2019 (Beat 7) and April 30 – June 3, 2019 (Beat 6). The interactive map can be seen here: http://bit.ly/2KVnDce

Here is the summary of crime incidents by major neighborhoods. The numbers in parentheses represent the number of crime incidents per 1000 housing units in the corresponding neighborhoods.

North College Park 16 (4.3)
Mid Town (Berwyn / Lakeland) 9 (4.0)
Old town/Calvert Hills 4 (1.9)
Yarrow and Estate 0 (0)
West College Park 1 (1.5)

Additional crime incidents inside the UMD campus and the surrounding areas can be found here on the UMPD website: http://bit.ly/2OKqgNQ 

North College Park (16)

5/5/19 – 5/11/19

4800 Blk Branchville RD       Theft from Auto
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD       Shoplifting
10100 Blk Rhode Island Ave Theft  from Auto
9500 blk 48TH PL                  Vandlism
9100 Blk 51ST PL                  Stolen Auto
9000 blk Baltimore Ave         Theft from Auto

5/12/19 – 5/21/19
4900 Blk Nantucket RD         Theft from Auto
9100 Blk Locust Spring RD   Theft
9300 Blk Rhode Island Ave   Assault
10000 Blk Baltimore Ave       Theft
4800 Blk Branchville RD       Theft from Auto

5/22/19 – 5/25/19
5000 Blk Laguna RD  Vandalism
9600 Blk Milestone Way        Theft from Auto

5/26/19 – 6/1/19
4700 Blk Cherry Hill Rd        Theft from Auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave         Theft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill Rd        Theft

West College Park (1)

5/15/19-5/20/19
8700 blk of 37th Ave  Stolen Auto

Mid-town (Berwyn  & Lakeland) (9)

5/7/19-5/14/19
5000 blk of Berwyn Rd          Stolen Auto

5/15/19-5/20/19
8300 blk of Baltimore Ave     Assault

5/21/19-5/27/19
Rhode Island Ave/Greenbelt Rd Homicide
8600 blk of 49th Ave Theft from Auto
4800 blk of Berwyn House Rd Theft from Auto

5/26/19-6/1/19
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave         Theft
8100 Blk Baltimore Ave         Stolen Auto
8200 Blk Baltimore Ave         Theft
8700 Baltimore Ave   Vandalism

Old Town / Calvert Hills (4)

5/15/19-5/20/19

5100 blk of College Ave        Stolen Auto
4200 blk of Knox Rd  Stolen Auto

5/21/19-5/27/19
7600 blk of Mowatt Ln           Stolen Auto

5/28/19-6/3/19
4500 blk of Guilford Rd         Theft from Auto

Estates & Yarrow (0)

  

 

Hogan Delays Beltway Expansion Project

The 3-members Board of Public Works voted 2-1 (Treasurer Kopp against) to approve Gov. Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan as eligible for a private-public partnership (“P3”), allowing the Hogan administration to move forward with soliciting and evaluating private investment for congestion relief on I-495 and I-270.
You can watch the vote here starting around 2:50:00.

Though the P3 plan has moved forward, the details/amendments by Governor and Comptroller Peter Franchot of the vote can give residents some hope that the construction in College Park will be delayed considerably, if it happens.

Phased Plan: The construction will not happen at once. It will happen in 3 phases.
Phase 1: All of I-270 (from I-495 to I-70)
Phase 2: I-495 (from GW Parkway to I-95) – Montgomery County portion of I-495
Phase 3: I-495 (from I-95 to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge) – Prince George’s County portion of I-495

Because the Beltway expansion in College Park is postponed to Phase III, which gives us much more time to resist it.

Previously, the Governor proposed As originally the 3 phases in different way:
Phase 1: I-495 from George Washington Parkway in Virginia, across the American Legion Bridge and up to the I-95 North interchange;
Phase 2: I-270 from I-495 to I-370, as well as I-495 from I-95 to MD Route 5; and
Phase 3: I-270 from I-370 to I-70, as well as I-495 from MD Route 5 to the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Board to Vote on Each Phase. Each phase of the project will come before the Board of Public Works for separate votes, along with a completed environmental review for that phase. Today’s designation of the project as a whole allows MDOT and the Maryland Transportation Authority to seek and evaluate the qualifications of private investors for the first of the program’s five construction contracts, as well as gather input on potential innovative solutions to deliver congestion relief.

Investment to Transit: 10% of toll revenue will be required to be dedicated to expanding transit projects in our county;

Mass transit Bus access through the managed lane (with no toll)

Property Acquisition: No acquisition of properties to take place before the final p3 agreement without Board approval

Financial Analysis: The Board agreed to another Franchot amendment requiring fiscal analysis to protect taxpayers and analysis of sustainability.

Mon Rail: The Board agreed to further incorporate transit by doing an initial feasibility study of the monorail along I-270

TOMORROW: Police Community Meeting @ MoM’s Cafe @ 7pm

Our Community-Police meetings give our residents an excellent opportunity to meet our police officers who work very hard to make our neighborhood a safer place to live for everyone. The meeting is open to all residents of College Park. Please bring your public safety/crime related questions directly to these officers. Details below. Hope to see many of you this Thursday at 7 pm at the MoM’s Cafe. Thank you.

State Police Training Exercise – Tomorrow

[Notice from the College Park Airport Authority for June 6, 2019]

The Maryland State Police will be executing a training exercise this Thursday, June 6th between 10:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Two (UH-72 Lakota) State Police helicpoters will be involved; they are much larger and noisier than our local Prince George’s County Police helicopters.

They will make 5 round trips to the police barracks area and back, five separate departures and arrivals at the airport. Each operation will include both helicopters. They will depart from the airport and proceed to and land at the State Police barracks just outside the Beltway. They will then return to the airport after remaining on the ground at the barracks for an unknown time.

The Airport Manager has worked with the police to define the least noise invasive route possible, consistent with safety and realistic training. The police have committed to doing their best to minimize the impact on the community.

Alzheimer’s and dementia educational forum

Questions for the SHA on the Beltways Expansion Plan

The Mayor and Council have invited Lisa Choplin and members of the SHA team to answer questions about Governor Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan (expansion plan) on I-495 Beltway and I-270 at this week’s worksession. The Mayor and Council sent the following questions to the P3 (private-public partnership) team in preparation for this Worksession:

  1. Regarding the two LOD (Limit of Disturbance) areas shown in the green line on the map below (one is between I-495 and Edgewood Road, and the other is the parcel north of I-495, east of Odessa Road):
    • How certain is that designation and the boundaries?
    • What changes might still be made to the LOD area boundaries when the private partner is selected?
    • What can be expected in that area?
    • How will they access the LOD areas – from the beltway or from local roads?
  2. Regarding the property north of I-495 that is east of Odessa Road that the SHA is planning to take:
    • How do you intend to acquire that property? Purchase or eminent domain? The City planned on using that parcel for a park – do you need all of it, or just a portion?
  3. Regarding Traffic impacts:
    • SHA has referred to the COG TPB Study. The TPB Study says that managed lanes would include a transit option. What commitment are you making to include for a transit option as provided for in the COG model?
    • What is the purpose of the Transportation Secretary’s “Working Group on Transit?”
    • What is the basis for the claim that additional traffic capacity on I-495 would decrease traffic on our local streets – what modeling/study is that based on?
    • Additional capacity on the Beltway will lead to more traffic coming to exits such as the exit leading to Baltimore Avenue in College Park at a faster rate. What will SHA do to accommodate this additional traffic?
    • What is the basis for the claim that additional vehicle miles traveled on 495/270 v. the no-build option will result in less greenhouse gas emissions?
    • Previous communications from MDOT have suggested that tolls would be set so as to mitigate increases in vehicle miles traveled. What economic analyses has MDOT done to determine what level of tolls would be necessary to limit increases in VMT?
  4. Regarding the 66 dB Noise Contour Line (shown in the red dotted line on the map below): Does this line indicate the current noise boundary, or the noise boundary after the expansion?

Please Send Your Comments on Beltway Expansion Plan Before this Wednesday

This Wednesday (June 5), a critical vote by the Board of Public Works is coming on the pan to widen the Beltway and add toll lanes to it. The Maryland Board of Public Works is scheduled to vote on Wednesday, June 5, on whether to allow pre-solicitation contacts to be put out prior to conducting an environmental impact statement (EIS) and traffic study on what would be the largest Public Private Partnership (P3) ever in Maryland.

If Beltway is expanded, many of our residents living next to the Beltway will be losing part of their homes, hundreds of our residents in College Park will be exposed to more noise and air pollution, acres of green space with dozens of mature trees in the city will be lost, our residents can potentially lose a park that we were about to build in the Sunnyside neighborhood of my district. Furthermore, once the Beltway is expanded, there will be a lot more traffic on Route 1 in College Park, making the failing I-495 exit at route 1 even worse. You can read more about the impact of Beltway expansion here on my blog.

Please ask the Board to step back and conduct an Environmental Impact Statement first before moving further.

Please also sign this petition.

The Board of Public Works consists of 3 members, Gov. Larry Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Here you can send your comments to the Board members here.

Comptroller Peter Franchot
Email: pfranchot@comp.state.md.us
Phone: 410-260-7801

Governor Larry Hogan
Online: https://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-governor/
Phone: 410-974-3901

Treasurer Nancy Kopp
Email: treasurer@treasurer.state.md.us
Phone: 410-260-7160

You can also continue to provide overall comments regarding the Expansion/Toll of 495 and 270:

Comment online: www.495-270-P3.com
Via email: 495-270-P3@sha.state.md.us

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