Friday, December 21, 2012

Maryland Leaders Convene at Transportation Summit

Elected officials, policy makers and business leaders from across Maryland’s Baltimore-Washington region, including Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and Charles County Commission President Candice Quinn Kelly, met in Annapolis on December 12 for a Maryland Transportation Summit. 

Attendees stressed the urgent need for investment in transportation projects statewide. Maryland must submit finalized financial plans to the federal government by mid-2013 to be eligible for federal funding.  Absent a revenue increase or federal aid, it is unlikely that projects, such as the Purple Line and the Red Line extension of the Baltimore Metrorail system will be constructed.  Preliminary funding for these projects runs out in 2014.