Several times over the last 30 years, the Washington region has rejected a plan that would have gobbled decades of transportation funds to make our area much more sprawling and far less walkable, bikable and transit-accessible.
That plan was the Outer Beltway, an idea to grow the Washington region by using Houston as its model.
While it’s appealing at first blush to those not aware of induced demand (or who find it more convenient to ignore), an Outer Beltway would have one simple effect: It would turn a ring of farmland into suburban subdivisions which our region doesn’t need, while not actually solving any of the actual traffic problems.
Whether you live in the outer suburbs or the inner core, existing residents should be very concerned about this vision.
[Continue reading David Alpert’s post at Greater Greater Washington.]
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