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:
- Route 1 Corridor Improvements [bus slips, sidewalks, bike lanes]
$7.1 millionover 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.