Legislative Program

The Maryland Department of Transportation wants to spend tens of billions of dollars on wasteful highway projects that will do little for the average Marylander. New toll lanes on I-270, the Washington Beltway, and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway would charge sky-high tolls – $50 just to drive from Frederick to Shady Grove in rush hour. A new Bay Bridge would cost billions more.

There’s a much smarter way to spend that money. For a fraction of the cost of these highway boondoggles, we could create a connected rail network to serve nine counties and Baltimore City, where more than four-fifths of the state’s population lives.

In today’s economy, transit access is the key to attracting jobs and investment.  Making transit the state’s top transportation priority will put Marylanders to work, strengthen the economy, and protect our environment.  

We call on Governor Hogan and the General Assembly to immediately take the first steps to realize that vision:

  •   Extend to the entire state the existing law that requires new toll roads or bridges on the Eastern Shore to get the consent of a majority of the counties where the facility is built (HB 292 & SB 229).
  •   Upgrade the MARC train network with improvements that will offer immediate benefits & move us toward our long-range goals:
         - New Penn Line station at Bayview 
         - New platform at Point of Rocks allowing Frederick-bound trains to stop
         - Third track on the Brunswick Line's Barnesville Hill
         - Study a new Camden Line station between Mount Rainier and Cottage City
  •   Resume work on the Red Line, with a project financing plan responsive to community goals
  •   Fully fund the project planning and NEPA process for the Southern Maryland Light Rail project at $27 million (SB 105 & HB 205)
  •   Restore past years' cuts in WMATA service and eliminate the 3% budget cap (HB 86 & SB 136)
  •   Study how to bring MARC train service to Hagerstown
  •   Oppose transfer of Baltimore-Washington Parkway to state ownership