Virginia Transportation Plan May Affect Maryland Debate

The Washington Post today reports on Maryland stakeholders’ reaction to the Virginia transportation financing plan, recently working toward resolution in that state. From the Post:

The passage last weekend of a plan to infuse about $880 million a year into Virginia’s roads and mass transit is likely to energize the debate across the Potomac, Maryland leaders said, citing the competition for jobs and the shared traffic congestion.

“Virginia taking action creates even more of an urgency for Maryland,” said House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel). “The race now becomes for the best transportation system, in terms of attracting businesses and generating economic activity. . . . I would rate it highly probable that something gets accomplished.”

Busch offered few details but said he would like to boost transportation funding by more than $600 million a year in a state that hasn’t raised its gas tax since 1992.

Read the full article on the Post website.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties