As reported by the Gazette, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding will hold its first meeting this Monday, September 27, but a discussion of funding options is not on the immediate agenda.
Commission chairman Gus Bauman, a Washington, D.C., land-use attorney, said he expects the group to do the bulk of its work in 2011, but the law that created the commission allows the 24 members to work through June 2012, if necessary. Bauman would not discuss specific funding options the group might consider, but he said the needs of all of the state’s Department of Transportation agencies will be considered in the recommendations.
Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, the state’s transportation secretary, said the focus of Maryland transportation efforts needs to be on freight rail, which has several choke points throughout the state, including overcrowded rails in Baltimore.
During its Monday meeting, the commission will complete introductory tasks and a review of the state’s transportation agencies. The panel plans to meet again before the November general election.
The next meeting likely will focus on the relationship between business and transportation, Swaim-Staley said.