Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99


News Opinion

Transit bill is good for both rural and urban Maryland

Kudos to The Sun for supporting the Maryland Transportation and Infrastructure Act of 2013 ("Transit benefits us all," March 26). The measure would fund much-needed public transportation, as well as roads, bridges and highways.

Despite the predictable moans from some of the state's rural legislators, public transit is in fact good for residents in rural areas as well as for those in urban areas.

Each year, more than 5.5 million rural riders depend on transit to get to work, visit their doctor, go shopping or run their everyday errands efficiently — and with less pollution. Moreover, research shows communities that are well served by transit are rebounding economically faster than others.

It is also clear that every county in the state needs more funding to meet local needs. How and where we spend our transportation dollars is critical to the state's recovery.

Balanced plans like the one offered by this measure will fund priorities like repairing our roads and bridges and improve transit options all across Maryland , which are key to a healthy environment and a strong economy.

Dru Schmidt-Perkins, Baltimore

The writer is executive director of 1000 Friends of Maryland.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Shouldn't Md. already have been inspecting aging bridges?

    Shouldn't Md. already have been inspecting aging bridges?

    The top transportation official in the state has ordered an immediate inspection of 27 aging bridges. This announcement comes after a slab of concrete from an I-495 overpass struck a car in Prince George's County ("Md. to inspect aging bridges," Feb. 13).

  • A pothole jars home the true cost of tax cuts

    A pothole jars home the true cost of tax cuts

    I just spent $650 for new wheel and a new tire because of damage from a pothole on an urban street. I was not speeding. I needed AAA service at 10 o'clock at night. And it could have been worse.

  • Tell Congress to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure

    Tell Congress to fix our crumbling transportation infrastructure

    For nearly six years America has not had a long-term transportation bill. While Congress has bickered and passed short-term patchwork bills, our nation's roads, bridges and public transit systems have deteriorated. Moreover, projects to modernize and expand our transportation infrastructure have...

  • Gas tax is wasted

    Gas tax is wasted

    In your editorial, "Congress on the clock" (April 13), you talk about the federal Highway Trust Fund going bankrupt unless Congress acts to raise taxes. Motorists deserve better highways and bridge repair, but the truth is not all of the tax money motorists pay goes to build or repair roads or...

  • What's the cost of lower tolls?

    What's the cost of lower tolls?

    It is my understanding that Maryland's transportation infrastructure is in serious need of maintenance. If that is the case, what could possibly be the point of reducing the tolls on our highways, other than to make political capital ("Panel expected to OK toll reductions," May 7)?

  • The transportation lockbox [Editorial]

    The transportation lockbox [Editorial]

    Our view: Vote 'yes' on Question 1 and lock down state transportation funding — but don't expect Annapolis to throw away the key