An article in The Gazette, highlights some of the county frustrations with making their annual transportation priority requests for inclusion in the Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP). Many times counties find that these projects languish, never making into the CTP.
Across the state, county governments and Baltimore city send an annual list of projects for new roads, bridges and public transportation systems. To build everything currently on the counties’ wish lists would cost a about $12 billion.
While funding for all of the counties’ top priorities is not available, state legislators are debating O’Malley’s proposal for a higher gasoline tax to pay for more transportation projects. It comes at a time when, just this week, President Barack Obama announced a six-year; $476 billion plan for transportation infrastructure improvement.