Transportation is Maryland’s #1 contributor to climate pollution, primarily from the tailpipes of cars and trucks. Public transit reduces traffic congestion and significantly cuts climate and other air pollution.
In every county in Maryland, public transit is either operated by, or partially funded by, the Maryland Transit Administration. MTA operates local and commuter buses, light rail, and MARC, and funds locally operated transit systems throughout the state.
Right now, however, the MTA system is deteriorating. It has a backlog of more than $2 billion in critical capital investments. Less than one in ten residents in the Greater Baltimore Region can access jobs by transit in under 45 minutes. The Central Maryland region is developing an ambitious 25-year transit plan, but these improvements won’t be possible without first fixing the current system.
This legislation would increase current funding by an estimated $123 million a year for six years. This would help prevent disruptions in service and protect rider safety, improve access to MARC and bus stations, expand bus shelters, and enable greater sustainability.
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