Montgomery County Council Press Releases & Statements

Montgomery Councilmember Andrews: Governor O’Malley Must Take Action
To Reduce High ICC Toll Rates

 
  • Release ID: 09-164
  • Release Date: 12/18/2009
  • Contact: Lisa Mandel-Trupp 240-777-7812 or Neil H. Greenberger240-777-7939
  • From: Office of Phil Andrews

Montgomery Councilmember Andrews: Governor O’Malley Must Take Action
To Reduce High ICC Toll Rates

ROCKVILLE, Md., December 18, 2009—Montgomery County Councilmember Phil Andrews (D-Gaithersburg-Rockville) today sent a letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley requesting that the governor act to reduce the toll rates for the Inter-County Connector that were approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) on Thursday. The MdTA approved toll rates ranging from $8.80 to $12.30 for rush-hour, end-to-end commutes on the ICC, whose first section is scheduled to open in late 2010.

“I am writing to request that you use the full power of your office to reverse this decision. If unchanged, the high tolls will prohibit drivers from using the road, thereby ensuring that the $3 billion ICC fails to take significant traffic off local roads,” Councilmember wrote in his letter.

Councilmember Andrews’ letter to the governor went on to state: “Whether the ICC becomes an historic boondoggle because of chronic under use is up to you. Whether the ICC becomes the embodiment of regressive public policy is up to you. The ICC will be your legacy.”

The full text of Councilmember Andrews’ letter:



December 18, 2009

Honorable Martin O’Malley
Governor, State of Maryland
Annapolis MD 21401

Dear Governor O’Malley,

Yesterday, the Maryland Transportation Authority, whose members you appointed, approved unaffordably high tolls for the Inter-County Connector (ICC). These tolls will cost $3,000 per year for ICC commuters who travel daily end-to-end during peak hours. For many workers who earn $50,000 per year, that will be six percent of their pre-tax salary. Even if the economy were healthy, six percent of someone’s salary is too much to ask.

I am writing to request that you use the full power of your office to reverse this decision. If unchanged, the high tolls will prohibit drivers from using the road, thereby ensuring that the $3 billion ICC fails to take significant traffic off local roads.

During the 2002 election, the ICC was sold to the public as the best way to provide widespread traffic relief. No one mentioned high tolls that make the road unaffordable to many people with limited incomes. I don’t recall you mentioning them in your 2006 gubernatorial campaign. Asking the public to finance a road that many can’t afford to use amounts to a “bait and switch.”

You alone among state officials had the power to stop the ICC, and you have been noticeably silent on the now-approved ICC tolls. Whether the ICC becomes an historic boondoggle because of chronic under use is up to you. Whether the ICC becomes the embodiment of regressive public policy is up to you. The ICC will be your legacy.

Please apprise me of your views on the approved ICC tolls and what you intend to do if you disagree with the high tolls approved by the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Sincerely,


Phil Andrews
Montgomery County Council


» Return to Press Releases

Privacy Policy | User Rights | Accessibility | Language Translations | Social Media | County Code
Copyright Montgomery County Government All Rights Reserved.