Maryland Making A Push For Federal Support To Build Two Light Rail Systems

Maryland Making A Push For Federal Support To Build Two Light Rail Systems

In an article by the Baltimore Sun, state officials for Maryland went to Washington D.C. to assure the administration that the state has both the means and the will to build two light rail systems.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown met with U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari and the deputy administrator for the Federal Transit Administration to let them know that Maryland has the resources and that they are at a critical point.

State officials hope to persuade both federal agencies to partner with the Maryland to help fund the cost of two large public works projects. The $2.58 billion Red Line that would run 14 miles from Woodlawn to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus and the $2.15 billion Purple Line that would run 16 miles from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County.

The state has already put into place several strategies to help increase Maryland’s opportunity to receive federal funding. First, they approved a gas tax that will add $4.4 billion over the next six years to the transportation trust fund. Secondly, the General Assembly approved legislation that creates the framework for public-private partnerships to pay for infrastructure improvements and other projects.

The Maryland Transit Administration has set a 2015 start date for both lines with a completion date of 2020 or 2021.

RWA supports Maryland’s push to receive federal funding for light rail transit. RWA know the impact that The Tide has had on the City of Norfolk and will continue to have on the Hampton Roads region into the future. To learn more about the challenges to starting a light rail project, contact RWA today.

Future Maryland Light Rail Transitimage credit: James Willamor on flickr

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