Draft six-year capital transportation budget continues commitment to transit

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.

MDOT capital budget exec summary 
MDOT summary of key budget issues, from BRAC to transit oriented development 

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