Wide Support for Transit - But Not Unanimity
Candidates for Governor Answer MTOC Questionnaire

Press Release

March 28, 2022

 

The Maryland Transit Opportunities Coalition today released the answers to its 2022 election questionnaire on transportation issues. Full text of all responses from candidates for Governor and Comptroller is online. 
 
All Democratic candidates for Governor and Comptroller responded; none of the Republicans did.
 
The Governor of Maryland has extraordinary influence on the state’s transportation program and infrastructure investments. The next Governor will play a pivotal role in deciding which transit and highway projects will move forward and be implemented, and which ones will not.
 
"The Democratic candidates for Governor have expressed a broad consensus of support for new light rail transit service in the MD5-US301 corridor from the Branch Avenue Metro Station to Waldorf and White Plains," said Gary Hodge, MTOC vice-chair and leading advocate for Southern Maryland Rapid Transit. "This is good news for commuters in Southern Maryland and Prince George's County." Hodge also praised the pro-transit stance of both Democratic candidates for Comptroller.
 
Samuel Jordan, MTOC vice-chair and president of the Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition, noted the support for the Red Line light rail project from eight of the candidates for governor: Rushern Baker, Peter Franchot, Doug Gansler, Ashwani Jain, John King, Laura Neuman, Tom Perez, and Jerome Segal. "We are pleased that so many candidates for Governor are committed to building the Red Line light rail. It is a crucial first step toward the equitable transportation network that will create the economic opportunities that the Baltimore region needs," he commented.
 
"We're glad to see the widespread support for expanded MARC service on the Brunswick Line and across the state," said Paul Goldman, president of Montgomery County's Action Committee for Transit. "And we particularly appreciate the positions of gubernatorial candidates Baker, Jain, King, Perez and Segal against the privatized toll lane scheme on I-270 and I-495."
 
 

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