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Clarksburg Community Forum to Fix 270 Planned for Tuesday

October 17, 2016

Congressman John K. Delaney and the Fix I-270 Now Coalition, alonwill host a community forum Tuesday evening at Clarksburg High School to discuss the need to improve one of Maryand’s busiest roadways.

   The event will include a discussion of the transportation needs along the I-270 corridor and what it means for residents and local business owners. Delaney is the Honorary Chair of the Fix I-270 Now Coalition, which was launched last month.

   The Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce urges residents to attend. “Let's not be outnumbered by people from downcounty and Frederick County, whose numbers are sure to be great,” said a Chamber email about the forum. “While we are all in it together, our Clarksburg should be out in full force to show we care about these issues even more than other regions do. Let's make our voices finally heard. Let's start fixing our main issue roads and transportation.”

   The meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:00 pm in the auditorium of Clarksburg High School at 2250 Wims Road in Clarksuburg.

   Rep. Delaney is the author of the Infrastructure 2.0 Act, which would dramatically increase federal investment in infrastructure by using revenues from international tax reform.  Fix270Now.org is a new coalition pressing for new road and transit solutions to reduce congestion and improve our quality of life in the entire I-270 corridor.

   The primary focus of the coalition will be to advocate for federal, state and local officials to re-start two major project studies that cover the entire I-270 corridor, both of which have been on hold for years: The “I-270/US 15 Multimodal Corridor Study” (from I-370 north) and the “West Side Mobility Study” (from I-370 south to the western sections of I-495 and the American Legion Bridge).

   The Fix I-270 Now Coalition is calling for both studies to resume and include a multimodal option that provides new express lanes (like Virginia’s) and high-quality Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) using the new dedicated lanes to connect the corridor and the region.

   The Coalition includes U.S. Representative Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Delegate Aruna Miller, from both Montgomery and Frederick counties, as well as the Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance, the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce, the Clarksburg Chamber of Commerce, the Clarksburg Civic Association, the Montgomery County Civic Association, and the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce.

   The 35-mile, I-270 corridor carries from 79,400 vehicles a day on the north end of I-270 to 261,200 vehicles a day near the Capital Beltway. By the year 2035, these volumes will increase to 107,000 to 290,000 vehicles a day.

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