By David Collins
February 12, 2020
Transportation in central Maryland is severely underfunded and lacks a system that ties it all together, county executives argued Feb. 12 before state lawmakers in Annapolis.
The local leaders demanded more state funding to create an interconnected regional transit system.
Baltimore City and leaders from its suburban counties want a more level playing field. They said the state puts too much emphasis on roads and not enough on mass transit. They said the legislation will help get projects in the pipeline and resolve maintenance issues.
The leaders were joined by the Greater Baltimore Committee to lobby in favor of legislation that gives a $500 million boost to the Maryland Transit Administration.
“There has only been a 2% increase in spending in the MTA. Contrast that to the State Highway Administration, which has seen a 77% increase,” GBC President Donald Fry said.
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