February 26, 2013
Virginia’s legislature just reached a deal to add $880 million per year to the state transportation fund.
How much money is that? For Maryland, it would be enough to build our Purple Line and Baltimore’s Red Line, fund badly needed improvements to Metro, build the Corridor Cities Transitway, and plenty more.
And without a funding increase?…. the Purple Line and the Corridor Cities Transitway will be cancelled.
That’s why NOW is the time to speak out for a transportation funding solution for Maryland — your voice is needed. If thousands of Marylanders raise their voices, our state leaders will be more likely to act.
I am supporting Get Maryland Moving, a new statewide coalition that is calling for action in the legislature, which will be making a decision within weeks.
Why act NOW? Because of the way that transportation is funded. The Federal government will pay for half of the Purple Line and Red Line, but they have a fixed pot of money and it is almost gone. In order to get our share, we have to put OUR half on the table first.
That’s the process: the state puts the money on the table first, the Federal government approves and matches, and construction starts. Without a state transportation funding increase, we can’t claim our money, the funds will be gone, and the projects will be dead in their tracks.
This is our last best chance, maybe for a generation, to get these great projects going in Maryland. And without them, we are guaranteed to fall behind.
The need for action couldn’t be any greater than it is right now.