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Opinion Maryland’s best traffic-relief hope is twisting in the wind

By 2045, nearly 400,000 more people, along with roughly a quarter-million new jobs, are expected to arrive in Montgomery, Prince George’s and Frederick counties. David Gergen: The approaching population bulge appears lost not only on most elected officials in suburban Maryland, mainly Democrats, but also on Wes Moore. He says Gov. Larry Hogan's plan to widen the Beltway near the Potomac and a portion of I-270 from Montgomery County to Frederick is in limbo, awaiting federal environmental approval, which has been delayed; approval would unlock federal funding. Gergen says Mr. Hogan's proposal offers reasonable hope that congestion will not worsen; without it, longer commutes are inevitable.