Statement of Donald C. Fry, President and CEO, Greater Baltimore Committee, on Passage of Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

Passage of this significant legislation is an encouraging sign that compromise and bipartisan support can successfully address our nation's pressing needs.
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GBC 2021 Transportation & Infrastructure Summit Explores Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Plan

Transportation Summit 2021 panelists
The Bipartisan Infrastructure process has been "a struggle," Senator Cardin added. "The politics of this is brutal. But we're cautiously optimistic that we can put the package together this week."
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Maryland General Assembly addresses state broadband and transportation needs

Maryland Broadband & Transportation needs
The GBC supported many of the bills as they increase the ability of Maryland residents to fully participate in education, employment and training opportunities, which will improve the overall economy of the Greater Baltimore region and address racial and social disparities.   
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Maryland Matters: Opinion: State’s Economy, Environment and Equity Depend on Transit

Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Donald Fry said, “The Red Line is a jobs line. It’s a critical piece of our economic growth.”
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The Baltimore Sun: MTA cancels proposal to slash bus service in Baltimore after heavy criticism; will cut MARC, commuter bus service instead

Bus on the move
“This action reflects an egregious pattern of disinvestment in underserved communities in the Baltimore region where Black and Brown residents are reliant on already insufficient transit service,” said Don Fry, president and CEO of the pro-business group.
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Baltimore Sun: Five years later, many across Baltimore bitterly lament Gov. Hogan’s decision to kill the Red Line light rail

The Red Line aimed to transform the Baltimore region’s meager, single-line light rail and subway, into a more unified, useful network.
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Baltimore Sun: Baltimore-area buses break down more than in most other cities, partly because the MTA forgot to buy new ones

MTA bus
State-run buses in Baltimore break down about six times more frequently than buses in St. Louis or Denver.
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Maryland Reporter: Local officials urge lawmakers to balance transportation spending statewide

Maryland’s county leaders and city officials convened in Annapolis on Feb. 12 to urge members of the General Assembly to provide more money to balance transportation spending across the state.
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The Daily Record: Advocates urge Maryland transit funding boost

A business advocacy group and elected leaders from counties in the Baltimore metro region voiced support for legislation boosting Maryland public transit funding by $500 million.
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