The leading voice for smarter growth since 1994

1000 Friends of Maryland advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns.

 

 

Transforming Transportation

Maryland residents suffer some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. Our public transportation is often unreliable and inadequate for accessing jobs and services. It’s time for smarter transportation investment and increased accountability. We urgently need you to contact your legislators today and ask them to support the transportation package, including HB1013/SB0908, HB0891/SB1035, HB1010, and HB1012. These bills will move Maryland in the right direction by:
 
Creating an open, transparent process for choosing the transportation projects to be funded with State dollars. Marylanders deserve to know why their tax dollars are spent on particular transportation projects and these decisions should be driven by clear goals that insure we get a return on our investment (HB1013/SB0908).
 
Repealing the farebox recovery requirement for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), which is a strong disincentive for investing in transit. Expenses like maintenance, cleaning, and training operators increase operating costs – making it harder to meet the 35% farebox recovery requirement – but are essential to having a well-operated system (HB0891/SB1035).
 
Creating an oversight board for the MTA to increase effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability to the people and local governments MTA serves. An empowered board that includes transit riders will improve MTA's ability to identify and implement the improvements needed to bring our transit service into the 21st century (HB1010). 
 
Expanding the existing Maryland Commuter Tax Credit program, which has not kept pace with increased carpool expenses and MTA, MARC, and DC Metro fares. Increasing the credit to $100 per month per employee and reducing carpool eligibility to 6 riders will encourage employers to participate in the program and help ease congestion in metro areas (HB1012).
 
Maryland needs a modern transportation system that provides choices for efficient and affordable access to jobs. Please contact your legislator today and ask them to support this transportation package.