Maryland Gov. Restores $150 Million of Proposed Cuts to Transportation

Jan. 17, 2024
Initially, the administration proposed a $3.3 billion cut to the state's six-year transportation spending plan

On Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Wes Moore announced that he is restoring $150 million in previously proposed transportation cuts.

The money will restore funding in the state's transportation budget for one year.

Initially, the administration proposed a $3.3 billion cut to the state's six-year transportation spending plan.

A portion of the $150 million that is being allocated will include $52 million to fully restore state transportation funds to local governments known as Highway User Revenue. Another $26 million will fully restore locally operated transit system operating grants.

The administration is also restoring $28 million in Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) commuter bus funding to maintain service on the highest ridership routes.

Other areas of restored funding include:

  • $15 million for critical repair needs at the MTA to meet required funding levels under the Transit Safety and Investment Act.
  • $8 million in MARC Brunswick Line operating resources to maintain the rfrequency of commuter rail to West Virginia and to launch a new midday service pilot.
  • $10 million in State Highway Administyration highway mowing and litter removal funding to maintain roadways and communities.

"These resources will benefit Marylanders in rural, urban, and suburban areas, making sure that MDOT is able to provide for the residents who depend on these programs the most," Maryland Transportation Secretary Paul Wiedefeld said in a statement.

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Source: CBS News