Last week, the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to include the toll lanes project in its long-range transportation plan.

The vote on Wednesday reversed a decision in June to remove the toll lanes from the TPB plan. There are many more challenges ahead for MDOT before ground can be broken on this project.

Critics have complained that “Governor Hogan’s campaign to win the TPB vote was an exercise in political bullying, including misleading attack ads and threats to cancel funding for other transportation projects. The threat to defund other projects was effective, despite the fact that he had not even included them in his transportation spending plan.”

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In High-Stakes Vote, Transportation Board Revives Hogan Highway Plan
Maryland Matters, July 21, 2021

Regional Board Reverses Vote, Approves Controversial Toll Lanes for Beltway and I-270 in Maryland
dcist, July 21, 2021

Tolls for I-270, parts of Beltway, back on list of DC-area long-term plans
WTOP, July 21, 2021