Fry and Banks to co-chair commission on transportation investment

Mayor Sheila Dixon appointed Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) president and CEO Donald C. Fry and GBC board member Kenneth R. Banks, president, Banks Contracting Company, to co-chair the Baltimore City Transportation Investment Commission 2007.

The commission will identify the city’s transportation needs and funding options. Meanwhile, the group will look for ways to improve mobility and increase capacity to accommodate the projected population growth in the city and region. The group anticipates issuing a report in the late fall in preparation of a proposed transportation tax increase during the legislative session.

“We need to continue to invest in our transportation infrastructure to keep pace with the potential for rapid growth,” said Fry. “We have to be willing to make some difficult decisions as we move into the 2008 General Assembly session.”

Providing visible and forceful leadership from the business sector and government to increase transportation funding and development in the Baltimore region and the state is among the GBC’s top priorities.

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