Gubernatorial Candidates Offer Different Views on Transportation Funding

An article in the Baltimore Sun highlights the differences between the two gubernatorial candidates and their approaches to transportation funding. From the article:

Anthony G. Brown brightens as he talks about building large transportation projects — including two light rail lines worth a combined $5 billion. To the Democratic nominee for governor, they are a key to creating jobs and stimulating Maryland’s economy.

His Republican opponent, Larry Hogan, has ice in his voice as he vows to block construction of Baltimore’s Red Line and the Purple Line in the Washington suburbs. The GOP candidate sees the mass transit projects as expensive boondoggles that would use money that should be spent on fixing roads.

The article summarizes their differences as follows:

Hogan, Brown on transportation issues

Gas tax

Brown: Keep as is

Hogan: Roll back as much as possible

Purple, Red lines

Brown: Build as planned

Hogan: Halt construction


Brown: Balance between transit, roads

Hogan: Shift toward road projects

Local highway aid

Brown: Restore gradually

Hogan: Restore in first budget

Both candidates addressed the restoration of local transportation funding during the Gubernatorial Forum held during the MACo Summer Conference.  As previously posted on Conduit Street:

Mr. Hogan pledged to fully restore local highway user revenues, averaging $350 million a year, to local governments in his first budget. Lt. Governor Anthony Brown commented that he is “committed to take steps to restore and evaluate the formula.”  He stated that his Administration would “sit down with local governments and work out an agreeable approach and timeframe to restore local transportation funding and develop a formula that would withstand good times and bad.”