A month-long campaign by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) to revive his signature transportation project paid dividends on Wednesday, when a regional panel voted overwhelmingly to restore the controversial proposal to a critical air quality review.
The National Capital Transportation Planning Board voted 28-10 to reinsert Hogan’s Interstate 270/495 plan into a federal air quality analysis that projects need in order to advance.
Under the TPB’s “weighted” voting system, which takes jurisdictions’ differing populations into account, the vote was 10.6 to 4.3 to revive the governor’s express lanes plan.
The vote represented a dramatic reversal.