As Maryland’s Transportation Secretary, I realize that there is a lot of demand for us to deliver real transportation projects that will make a real difference to the citizens of Maryland. With the passage of the Transportation Act, Maryland is poised to create jobs, expand opportunity and break the bottleneck of transportation projects that have been waiting for additional revenues to move them forward. These better choices already have yielded better results for Marylanders as Governor O’Malley announced more than $1.5 billion in new funds to advance highway and transit projects throughout the State, including: construction of major highway and bridge projects that will improve safety and support economic development; expansion of our MARC Commuter Rail system’s Penn Line to included weekend service; and continuation of work to build the next generation of transit lines in Maryland (Red Line, Purple Line and Corridor Cities Transitway).
As additional funding and projects are added to our Capital Program, our MDOT team stands ready to move these projects forward. We also will leverage our state transportation dollars through public-private partnerships to help better meet the demand for an improved transportation system.
Better choices really do lead to better results, and the O’Malley-Brown Administration is investing more in public infrastructure than ever before in our State’s history. Maryland now has all the pieces in place to put people back to work in the transportation industry, creating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity and connecting more people to the opportunities of a modern economy.
James T. Smith, Jr.
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