Blog calls out councilwoman on ICC toll stance
The Greater Greater Washington blog is calling out Montgomery County Councilwoman Nancy Floreen on her opposition to the toll plan the Maryland Transportation Authority adopted for the Intercouncty Connector.
GGW writer David Alpert notes that Floreen is a longtime supporter of the ICC who has known for years that the highway was being built as a toll road and that the rates were unlikely to be cheap. Alpert points out that Montgomery elected officials ans wannabes are lusting over statewide revenue sources to keep their rides on the ICC cheap or even free.
To some extent, this is all just posturing for the home folks. But Baltimore resiidents need to keep a wary eye on these Montgomery folks lest they start getting some traction for their diversionary schemes.
Whether you support the ICC or oppose it (and I'll stay neutral), it was never intended to be an inexpensive road. Nor was it ever planned that it would have to be supported by sales taxes, slots revenue or higher tolls than are already being paid at existing toll facilities.
Alpert astutely points out that the cycle of demanding a road then complaining about its cost is beginning anew with the proposed widening of Interstate 270. Make no mistake, the cost of express toll lanes on I-270 would make the ICC tolls look like chump change.