Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has postponed funding a busway in the heavily congested Interstate 270 corridor for at least six years, significantly delaying a transit project that Montgomery County is relying on to develop the upcounty without making traffic worse.
Hogan’s proposed six-year transportation budget includes no money for the Corridor Cities Transitway, which has been planned since at least 2000 to connect the Shady Grove Metro station at the end of the Red Line with the upcounty. The first nine-mile segment would run between Shady Grove and the Metropolitan Branch MARC commuter rail station in Gaithersburg. Delaying the project would save the state about $78 million over the next six years, according to the budget.
I-270, which runs parallel to the Red Line, links upper Montgomery, Frederick County and points beyond with the Capital Beltway. The highway has almost daily traffic jams during rush hours and has grown more congested as Washington-area workers seek more affordable housing in fast-growing outer suburbs.