The Maryland Department of Transportation has completed its annual tour to present its six-year capital budget to county officials.
At just under $9 billion, the capital budget for highways, transit, port and the airport is large by historical standards, reflecting the infusion of funding that followed the 2004 increases to vehicle registration fees.
Six-year funding for MTA and Washington area transit programs totals $2.6 billion. In contrast to last year, where transit funding fell dramatically in the draft budget but then rose in the final budget following a Baltimore Transit Alliance critique, transit funding is now up 4 percent. Most of the balance of the increase for transit is for two projects: the Silver Spring Transit Center in Montgomery County and purchase of a Locust Point rail yard to be used for MARC Train maintenance.
GBC’s top priorities, the Red and Green Line projects, are funded at last year’s levels.