In a major development in Annapolis today, Governor Larry Hogan just announced his support for the Purple Line, one of SMTA’s top-priority projects, and a major investment in Maryland’s underfunded roads and bridges across the state. Details of his announcement include the following:
- Maryland will invest nearly $2 billion in long overdue road and bridge improvements all across the state (including two of SMTA’s top priorities – interim improvements to I-270 and construction of the Greenbelt interchange on 495). The Governor is committed to restoring the local highway user funds that previous administrations have diverted from the Transportation Trust Fund. This is a major victory for Maryland residents and will provide a significant boost to our economy for years to come.
- Maryland is moving forward with the Purple Line, at a reduced price-tag and with a couple of conditions (the continued federal commitment of $900 million and an increased commitment from Montgomery and Prince George’s County), but moving forward nonetheless, as SMTA has been advocating.
- Maryland will NOT move forward with Baltimore’s Red Line, which did not meet an acceptable level of cost-effectiveness in the Governor’s view.
This is a big win for Maryland and for SMTA and will help advance the road and transit projects we need to get Maryland moving! Here is the Washington Post’s recent blog post on today’s news: