The transportation sector is now the largest source of carbon pollution in Maryland and the largest contributor to premature deaths attributed to air pollution.
Tell Your Maryland Legislators: We need the climate impacts of highway expansion projects thoroughly studied before vendors are selected, and to affirm Maryland’s participation in a regional effort to reduce emissions from transportation and increase support of clean transportation alternatives.
The Transportation Climate Accountability Act (HB 695 & SB 788) would require the state to conduct a thorough review of greenhouse gas emissions, other air pollution, stormwater runoff, and environmental justice issues for all major transportation projects to be financed through a public-private partnership (P3), including Governor Hogan’s proposal to add 4 toll lanes (totalling hundreds of miles) to the Capital Beltway, I-270 and the Baltimore-Washington Pkwy.
P3 Presolicitation Reports - Environmental Impact Statement Requirement (HB 91) would prohibit the state from submitting a “presolicitation report” to justify P3 procurements for a major transportation project (including Governor Hogan’s highway expansion proposal) until after a draft environmental impact statement is available.
Regional Transportation and Climate Protection Act (HB 277 & SB 249): would authorize the Maryland to join a multi-state effort to limit or reduce climate-damaging climate pollution from the transportation sector. Such an agreement could raise funds to invest in clean transportation alternatives like public transit, walking and biking, and electric vehicles.
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