Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. caught my attention recently when he said he would pull the plug on light rail for Baltimore's Red Line and the Washington suburban Purple Line and focus spending on, among other things, rehab of MARC.
That got me to wondering about the relative levels of spending on MARC during the first Ehrlich term and the O'Malley years. Here are the totals for both capital and operations spending, provided by the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Fiscal Year Total Investment in millions (000)
FY 2003 $ 71,509
FY 2004 76,944
FY 2005 76,708
FY 2006 97,488
FY 2007 101,622
FY 2008 144,831
FY 2009 195,314
FY 2010 (Projected) 162,099
Fiscal years begin July 1. The first fiscal year of a governor's term (FY2003 for Ehrlich, FY2007 for Martin O'Malley) generally reflects a combination of that governor's decisions and his predecessor's. The second fiscal year is a better reflection of that governor's priorities. The fiscal 2010 figure may be incomplete.
What do these figures mean? MARC riders (and others) are welcome to weigh in.