Legislation

2016 Legislative Session in Annapolis

Wow. What a sesssion! 2,817 bills were introduced and 834 were passed, including 3 of our 4 transportation bills. Thank you to the members of the General Assembly who worked hard on these and other important bills. And thanks to all of our friends who contacted their legislators to support bills to make Maryland a better place.

     Maryland Open Transportation Investment Decision Act of 2016 HB1013 PASSED! State transportation funds should be spent on projects that create access to jobs, reduce congestion, and support a healthy environment. The proposed bills establish goals and measures for scoring transportation projects. An objective process for reviewing and ranking projects will greatly improve transparency and accountability. After passing in both chambers, the Governor vetoed the bill. Thankfully, the legislature succeeded in overriding the veto!

Fairbox Recovery Rate Repeal HB0891 / SB1035 NOT THIS YEAR, BUT WE ARE GOING TO TRY AGAIN NEXT YEAR! The farebox recovery requirement for the Maryland Transit Administration is a strong disincentive for investing in transit. Expenses like maintenance, cleaning, and training operators increase operating costs – making it harder to meet the 35% farebox recovery requirement – but are essential to having a well-operated system.

Commuter Tax Benefit HB1012 PASSED! The Maryland Commuter Tax Credit program has not kept pace with increased carpool expenses and increased MTA, MARC, and DC Metro fares. The proposed bill increases the credit to $100 per month per employee and reduces carpool eligibility to 6 riders. These improvements will encourage more employers to participate in the program and help ease congestion in our metro areas.

MTA Oversight and Planning Board HB1010 PASSED! This bill will increase effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability to the people and local governments served by MTA. An empowered board that includes transit riders will improve MTA's ability to identify and implement the improvements needed to bring our transit service into the 21st century. 

Mayoral Candidates Forum: Leadership for Improving Transportation

Traffic delays.  Reliability.  Access to Jobs.  What will our next mayor do to improve transportation for Baltimore City? Now is the time for a serious discussion with the candidates for mayor about how we can have a world class transit system in Baltimore.

We had a great turn-out at the forum on February 25, 2016. If you couldn't attend, or would just like a second look, the candidates answers to our questionaire can be downloaded here.

City Council Candidates Forum: Leadership for Improving Transportation

 

Candidate Questionaire Cover

 

Transportation has been headline news in Baltimore in recent months.  Governor Hogan’s cancellation of the Red Line light rail project called attention to both the serious gaps in public transit and the urgent need for major improvements. In October, the Governor unveiled BaltimoreLink, a plan that aims to completely redraw the map of bus routes and focus bus service on high-frequency corridors.

Participating candidates have completed a questionnaire on how they will improve transportation in Baltimore.  These questionnaires will be available at the event and are posted here. Related to the questionnaires, each candidate will be asked what they will do if elected to achieve world class transit in the Baltimore area.

Read the questionaires for candidate from districts 1-8 here, for candidate from districts 9-14 here.

Mayoral Candidates Forum: Leadership for Improving Transportation

Please Join Us!

 

Traffic delays.  Reliability.  Access to Jobs.  What will our next mayor do to improve transportation for Baltimore City? Now is the time for a serious discussion with the candidates for mayor about how we can have a world class transit system in Baltimore.

Date: February 25, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM -8:30 PM  (doors open at 6:00 PM - event begins promptly at 6:30 PM)

Location: The Real News Network, 231 N. Holliday Street - Baltimore, MD 21202. Near City Hall and the intersection of Holliday and Saratoga Streets.

 Space is Limited so please RSVP today:
Register for February 25

 Brought to you by Transit Choices, Citizens Planning & Housing Association, 1000 Friends of Maryland and the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance.

 

This main room for this event is currently full.  If you'd like to register for the overflow room with camera feeds so that attendees can see and hear the forum live - register here.  Attendees in this location will NOT be able to ask questions of the candidates.