Tuesday, March 19 2013 @ 02:28 PM UTC
Contributed by: B' Spokes
WABA Action Alert
You may have heard that Maryland’s General Assembly is considering an increase in gas taxes and transit fares to better fund the state's transportation needs (SB1054/HB1515).
An increase in transportation revenue is critical to improving mobility in Maryland and improving bicycling infrastructure, public transit, and the quality of roads in the state. In some cases, the presence or absence of new funding will make or break the future of key projects, such as the Purple Line (which directly affects the state of the Capital Crescent Trail), the improvements to Route 1 through College Park, and many others.
Fixing deteriorating roads, sidewalks, and bridges can alleviate unsafe, bumpy rides and give cyclists better areas to navigate. The benefits of investing in a multi-modally connected region that gives its residents transportation choices, including the choice to bike safely, cannot be overstated.
This is especially critical this year, as the federal government has cut dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, meaning that the state must pick up the slack. Fortunately, the Governor and leaders in the General Assembly want to do that, but many legislators need to be persuaded that voters are willing pay their share. Thus, it is important that they hear from cyclists and others who understand the need for transportation funding and are willing to support the proposed increases in gas and transit costs for the greater good of keeping Maryland's transportation network working.
Please CLICK HERE to email your legislators to tell them to support SB1054/HB1515 to improve transportation for all who travel in Maryland, including those of us who bike.
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