By Adam Bednar
February 12, 2020
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.
Greater Baltimore Committee CEO Donald C. Fry said Feb. 12 his organization, which represents regional business interests, backs the Transit Investment and Safety Act because the legislation helps balance investment in the state’s transportation system. An emphasis on a well-rounded system is needed, he said, but the state plans to slash roughly $300 million in Maryland Transit Administration funding in the next five years.
“It’s just incredulous to us that you see that sort of cut being made when the needs have been so well expressed and the funding is so inadequate,” Fry said.
The legislation, Senate Bill 424 and House Bill 368, is sponsored by Del. Brooke Lierman, D-Baltimore, and Sen. Craig Zucker, D-Montgomery. It requires the governor to provide $500 million from the Transportation Trust Fund to the MTA between 2022 and 2027.
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