We have two urgent actions we need you to take. Two massive road projects would undermine a sustainable and prosperous future for Prince George’s County.
1) Downtown Largo doesn’t need another giant interchange to thrive; it needs a safer, multimodal street network
If we want a vibrant, walkable Downtown Largo, we must reject the Maryland State Highway Administration’s (SHA) flawed I-495/Medical Center interchange project. SHA is proposing a massive, high-speed $90+ million interchange design that’s hostile for pedestrians and bicyclists. This proposal is completely at odds with a vibrant, walkable Downtown Largo.
Urge officials to instead recognize that three interchanges already serve the area but need improved walking and biking access to support more livable, economically competitive transit-oriented centers. They should also expedite construction of the iconic ped/bike bridge that would directly connect Largo to Morgan Boulevard Metro. Learn more about what’s at stake for Largo in our fact sheet.
2) Don’t let Virginia dump more traffic into Prince George’s while making it harder to build Metrorail to National Harbor and Oxon Hill in the future
Prince George’s and Alexandria were promised Metrorail across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. However, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is racing to extend High Occupancy Toll Lanes (aka “Express Lanes”) across the bridge, dumping traffic into a bottleneck in Maryland and making it less likely Prince George’s will ever see Metrorail across the bridge.
VDOT has biased their study by stating that their primary goal is to extend the express toll lanes and is ignoring the Metrorail options currently being studied by Metro. They are also failing to analyze how Metrorail can be combined with Prince George’s plans for transit-oriented development to spark economic development and provide more jobs close to home. Public comment is open through this Monday, October 2.
Take action to support a more sustainable, transit-oriented future for Prince George’s and the region.