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Today's read: Silence of the toll haters

Small crowd at ICC toll hearing: About a dozen people testified Wednesday night at a public hearing on the proposed toll rates for the 18.8-mile highway under construction between Gaithersburg and Laurel. The proposed rates would be among the highest tolls charged in the country, but Maryland transportation officials say the proposed Intercounty Connector tolls are comparable to those on newer roads
(Katherine Shaver)

So where's the outrage?

People have another change to show it tonight, at the final public hearing: 6 to 9 p.m. at Shady Grove Middle School, 8100 Midcounty Hwy., Gaithersburg. The Maryland Transportation Authority is accepting public comments until Nov. 23. Then the authority's board will vote Dec. 17.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 29, 2009; 12:57 PM ET
Categories:  Construction , Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Intercounty Connector  
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Perhaps it's because the only people planning on taking it are either thinking of taking it infrequently, so therefore not that sensitive to price, or having somebody else pay for it, so they don't care about the price?

Posted by: pppp1 | October 29, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Most people have learned through long experiance that public hearings are merely a window dressing excercize for goverment agencies to demonstrate they have complied with public input requirements. All the meaingful decisions are made long before the public hearing is even scheduled. They provide an opportunity to vent but not much more and people have better things to do with their time than contribute to the charade.

Posted by: WoodbridgeVa1 | October 29, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

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