For Immediate Release
August 17, 2015
Contacts: Rich Hall, Citizens Planning & Housing Association, 410-539-1369 x101
Dru Schmidt-Perkins, 1000 Friends of Maryland, 410-258-8601
Eric Norton, Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, 410-332-4172 ext. 121
Public Information Act request was due shortly after July7th request, 30 days is the maximum time to provide answers. Now MDOT asks for more time.
BALTIMORE, MD –Maryland organizations supporting the Baltimore Red Line asked the Hogan Administration on July 7th to release the “thorough analysis” that informed the Governor’s decision to cancel the Red Line [PIA request letter attached]. No documents have been received and MDOT is now in violation of the Public Information Act.
“The Governor announcing his cancelation of the Red Line on June 25th spoke of the administration’s assessment faulting the project. We have asked to see that analysis and expected it to be provided right away or at least with in the 30 days the law allows for complicated matters”, said Dru Schmidt-Perkins, President, 1000 Friends of Maryland. “Either they have this thorough analysis or they don’t.”
The Maryland Department of Transportation is required to respond to information requests “immediately” according to Maryland Law. “An additional reasonable period not to exceed 30 days is available only where the additional period of time is needed to retrieve their record and assess their status under the PIA,” according to the Attorney General’s website.
The 30 day clock ran out on Thursday, August 6th. A MDOT assistant Attorney General promised some documents on Tuesday, August 11th and none have been provided and MDOT is now asking for more time until August 26th.