What the ICC hath wrought
Maryland is taking heat for refusing to supply Metro with its full subsidy for the next fiscal year. Money is tight for everyone, and Maryland has other priorities.
Other priorities like the $2.56 billion intercounty connector, the 18.8-mile highway under construction between Gaithersburg and Laurel. Regardless of what you think about the ICC's merits, it's one expensive hunk of road. It is costing more than $130 million per mile to build, almost all of it money that could have been spent on other things.
When ground was broken, then-Montgomery County Executive Doug Duncan said of the ICC, "They have gutted the state dedicated transportation fund, cut transit and left future generations of Maryland to deal with the consequences."
Duncan was right, and we're paying for it now.
Maryland is putting up a spirited defense of its refusal to fully fund Metro, but the problem wouldn't exist if the state hadn't foolishly put too many of its funding eggs into the ICC basket. If past administrations in Maryland had made wiser use of their money, we wouldn't be suffering so much today.
| May 3, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
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