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
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.”