MD State Budget Cuts Affect Purple Line, Rt.1 Improvements

Articles in today’s Diamondback and Washington Post report on yesterday’s announced state transportation budget cuts.  The cuts occur after the state received less transportation revenue than expected, attributed to the current economic recession.  Local projects affected by the cuts:MD capital [by Flicker user ectsue]

  • Route 1 Corridor Improvements [bus slips, sidewalks, bike lanes]   $7.1 million over next four years, now deferred
  • Purple Line [engineering work for federal proposal]                                 $100 million, now reduced to $75 million

Both projects’ original funding were allocated from the state’s transportation trust fund in a 6-year plan released in January.  The $2.4 billion Inter-County Connector apparently remained unscathed.

Transportation Secretary Porcari reported that the Purple Line will still apply for federal funding (necessary for the project’s ultimate realization) next year.  Apparently the early stages of the project received more budgeting than absolutely necessary, according to other Transportation officials.

3 thoughts on “MD State Budget Cuts Affect Purple Line, Rt.1 Improvements”

  1. Ben, right you are for that correction, thanks.

    As far as the ICC financing Clay mentioned, it looks like those new developments are resultant of its bond financing issues. They are unrelated to the state budget cuts, but instead related to expected Federal Transportation funding that is now uncertain.

    From above WP link:
    “On Wednesday, Porcari announced that the state must cut $1.1 billion… The intercounty connector was not affected by those cuts.
    Porcari said [Wednesday] the connector’s construction remains on schedule and within its $2.4 billion budget.”

    Nevertheless, thanks for the informative WP link, Clay.

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