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Council Expresses Strong Opposition to the Transfer of the BW Parkway from the National Park Service
The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Tuesday, July 17, authorized the Chair’s signature on a letter to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan expressing strong opposition to the transfer of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from the United States Park Service to the State of Maryland. To review the Council letter, click HERE.
Governor Hogan’s highway expansion plan includes widening a portion of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and adding express toll lanes. Expanding I-295 would require the federal government to transfer the highway to the state of Maryland.
The Baltimore-Washington Parkway, completed in 1954, stretches 32 miles across Maryland and connects the cities of Baltimore and Washington, improving connectivity and providing access to locations of public interest. Despite substantial development since its construction, the Baltimore-Washington Parkway has maintained its forest-lined lanes and natural aesthetic.
The letter supports Council Resolution CR-24-2018, adopted in April, declaring the Council’s opposition to the proposal to transfer the Baltimore-Washington Parkway from the National Park Service to the state of Maryland. The legislation notes the transfer could result in the establishment of toll lanes resulting in costly ridership.