GBC’s Donald Fry named to state’s new transportation funding commission

Greater Baltimore president and CEO Donald C. Fry has been appointed to the state’s new Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding.

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley appointed Fry as a business community representative on the 24-member panel charged with reviewing the state’s transportation funding resources and recommending options for strengthening the way the state funds its transportation infrastructure.

The commission, which was created by the 2010 General Assembly, is required to submit an interim report by January 1, 2011 and a final report by November 2011.

The GBC has been a leading private-sector advocate for strengthening transportation funding and closing a more than $80 billion shortfall in state highway, transit, port and airport projects that have been planned but not yet funded for construction.

“Strengthening funding for Maryland’s transportation infrastructure is one of our state’s most significant economic development challenges,” said Fry. “Superior transportation and mobility resources have traditionally been basic core elements of Maryland’s business environment.”

Fry brings to the new blue ribbon panel a wealth of experience on transportation policy. A former state senator and member of the House of Delegates, Fry served as chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and the Environment. He also served on the Special Joint Task Force on Transportation and in 2002 and 2003 chaired the Vision 2030 Oversight Committee that developed transportation strategies for the Central Maryland region. He currently serves on the Maryland Port Commission.

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