October 14, 2009 Hour 1

On the first hour of today's show Marc and his guests talk about the ICC, a new highway being constructed in Maryland.

On the first hour of today’s show Marc and his guests talk about the ICC, a new highway being constructed in Maryland.

Our guests are Greg Smith, who is a resident of Mt.Rainer, and a long-time opponent of the ICC, and Richard Parsons, who is the president of Parsons and Associates, and also former president of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

Written by Marc Steiner

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1 Comment

  1. David O'Leary says:

    Thanks for covering this important issue. Too bad that we don’t have more functional transit and regional rail in Maryland, so Rich and Greg could have made it to the show on time without getting stuck in traffic (well, at least Greg would have made it on time, since Rich probably would have driven anyway). I look forward to more transit within the Baltimore metro area so I don’t have to take a whole day for a transit based trip to Baltimore for a couple of meetings in different parts of the city.

    Mr. Parson’s claim about Maryland “not investing in transportation, especially roads” over the last 30 years is clearly untrue. What about significant and continuing expansions of the DC Beltway and I-270, all of the new and expanded roads in Montgomery County (Great Seneca Highway, Clopper Road), Howard County (Rt 32, Rt 175, US-29, Rt. 100, etc.), US-50 between DC and Annapolis, and many others? The road system has greatly expanded in the last couple of decades (and that isn’t even including all of the road construction in Northern Virginia… like Prince William County is a model we’d like to emulate).

    I’m glad that the conversation eventually came around to equitable development throughout the region. Why don’t we focus more investment in bringing jobs to the close-in suburbs of Prince Georges County and Baltimore City and Baltimore County, and northern Anne Arundel County, along with commensurate investments in transit oriented development in these areas? It looks like we are starting to take some small steps in the right direction, but there is a lot of sprawl throughout the DC metro area and southern and central Maryland already, such that we need more than incremental change to turn the corner on the practices that are killing the Chesapeake Bay, impacting air quality throughout the region, and mowing down trees and paving farmland at incredible rates.

    I encourage everyone to investigate the thinking of the regional equity community. Other places are figuring this out, why can’t we?

    I agree with Rich Parsons that the state of Maryland needs a much more effective process for deciding where to invest transportation funds. We need to make more cost effective decisions and we need to be more effective at reducing impacts to the environment while making it easier to for people to get around. The current approach isn’t working well at all. I hope that we can learn from and adopt best practices from other places, as outlined on some of the web sites listed above and here:


    Thanks for your excellent show, Marc!

    David O’Leary
    Chapter Vice Chair
    Sierra Club – Maryland Chapter

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