‘We Have to Get Things Moving’: Baltimore-Area Leaders Urge Transit Boost (HB368/SB424)

State spending on transportation favors roads over transit, and the Washington, D.C., area over the Baltimore region, advocates for the Baltimore area complained on Wednesday.

At a news conference outside the State House, representatives from the city and surrounding counties urged the legislature to support a bill that would require the state Department of Transportation to dramatically boost spending on bus and rail projects.

Senate Bill 424 and House Bill 368 would require the state to allocate at least $500 million to the Maryland Transit Administration for capital projects in each of the next five years. MTA capital funding in the state’s rolling six-year Capital Transportation Program has averaged $370 million annually in recent years.

The bills would mandate a boost in operating revenues as well.