February 18, 2020 State House Update

Don Fry Regional Transportation Press Conference

On February 12, 2020, the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) sponsored a press conference in Annapolis to highlight strong regional coordination on transportation and issue a call for greater State investment. The GBC was joined in the press conference by leaders of Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City, including Howard County Executive Calvin Ball and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young and Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski were scheduled to attend but were called away because of the shooting of two officers of their police forces.

Among the initiatives discussed at the event was the GBC’s support for Senate Bill 424 and House Bill 368, entitled the Maryland Transit Administration – Funding (Transit Safety and Investment Act). The Senate bill is sponsored by Senator Craig Zucker and has 12 co-sponsors. The cross file of the bill is sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman and has 38 co-sponsors. The bill requires an appropriation in the Transportation Trust Fund of at least $500 million per year for Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) capital needs over the next five years, roughly $120 million on average more per year than currently funded in the six-year capital budget. The bill would also prohibit reductions in operating budgets at MTA during that same time period.

A robust, interconnected, and well-maintained transit system is a priority of employers in the Greater Baltimore region and a well-rounded transportation network starts with balanced investments. This is vitally important to economic competitiveness, congestion mitigation, and connecting workers to jobs throughout the region.

Currently, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) contains a reduction to MTA funding by more than $300 million over the next six years. This level of appropriation would leave transportation inadequately funded in the Greater Baltimore region. The Washington, D.C. region of Maryland is slated to receive considerable funding for the construction of new road and bridge projects aimed at reducing commuter congestion. The GBC supports a superior transportation infrastructure but urges a balanced approach to transportation policy and funding.

Please join the GBC and leaders in the Greater Baltimore region by supporting these initiatives and equity in regional funding priorities.

Read the February 18, 2020 State House Update.