The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Maryland Officials Call Congested Toll Highways “Rational”

Sep 18, 2023

Top Maryland officials agreed to give 225 million dollars to three companies to prepare to add lanes to a section of the Washington, D.C. beltway in Montgomery County, as well as the American Legion bridge to Virginia.

Their plan continues the last Republican governor’s scheme for a private, for-profit corporation to construct the lanes and then collect tolls from drivers who can afford to use the new fast lanes. But the new officials, all Democrats, insist on pushing his old corrupt boondoggle, which will cost working people many billions of dollars in taxes.

The Washington beltway is part of the interstate highway system that our taxes already pay for. But widening the highway and adding toll lanes is very expensive to build. Then not everyone will be able to use all the lanes.

The new officials try to make the scheme look environmentally friendly by promising a few more express buses—on the same overcrowded, clogged beltway.

Politicians from both parties support this capitalist system, where transportation is just another way for the rich to get richer at the expense of working people.