Smart Growth Maryland Signs-On in Support of Statewide Sustainable Transportation

01/13/2020
By Smart Growth Maryland

In response to an announcement by the Hogan Administration that calls for the expansion Maryland highways, over 20 non-profit and community advocacy organizations, including Smart Growth Maryland, launched a new coalition, Maryland Advocates for Sustainable Transportation, to steer the conversation to more sustainable transportation solutions.

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020, the Maryland Board of Public Works voted to advance a transportation plan crafted by Governor Larry Hogan and Comptroller Peter Franchot that calls for adding toll lanes to the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270.

The MAST coalition has identified major flaws in the plan, debunking the adage that “one more lane will fix congestion” and pointing to the inevitability that more lanes lead to more driving and traffic, increased pollution, and sprawl development. More specific issues with the plan include:

The MAST website identifies alternative principles for sustainable transportation that focus on transit projects, demand management, balanced land-use, and transit-oriented affordable housing.

Director of Smart Growth Maryland, Kimberly Golden Brandt, was quoted in a MAST press release, “Sustainable transportation solutions spur more economic development and increase opportunities for socio-economic mobility.” Economic and environmental sustainability are major goals of smart growth.

As a member of MAST, Smart Growth Maryland is partnering with the following organizations:

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Smart Growth Maryland is a major program of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.

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