July 08, 2010

CARDIN, MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE $4.9 MILLION FOR 3 MARYLAND TRANSIT PROJECTS

Prince George's County and Baltimore City to Get Transit Funds

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) today announced that Maryland will receive a total of $4.9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation for three public transportation projects. The funding is part of the Obama administration's $300 million livability initiative to better coordinate transportation, housing and commercial development to better serve people.  
 
"Improving public transportation is a win-win for all of us," said Senator Cardin, a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee. "It helps reduce our dependence on foreign energy, reduces harmful vehicle emissions including greenhouse gas emissions, and provides jobs. Baltimore City and Prince George's County roadways are extremely congested and these projects will significantly reduce traffic and improve the quality of life for Maryland commuters."
 
" This is great news for Maryland," Senator Mikulski said.  "A strong, modern transportation and mass transit system is critical to a vibrant and healthy economy. This federal funding will help get Marylanders to their jobs, deliver goods to the marketplace, and reduce traffic on the roads and highways. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, each year I work to provide safe and convenient transportation for people across the country and right here in Maryland."
 
A description of the three Maryland projects is below:
  • South County Circulator (Bus and Bus Livability) - Prince George's County
Sponsor: Maryland Transit Authority (MTA), on behalf of Prince George's County
Amount: $4,126,227. Funds will be used to purchase additional buses for the Oxon Hill and Branch Avenue circulator routes and demand service to meet the ever-increasing needs of a growing community, and to reduce congestion and over-crowding on the current system.
  • Westport Transit-Oriented Development (Bus and Bus Livability) - Baltimore City
Sponsors: Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the City of Baltimore
Amount: $516,000. The City of Baltimore and the MTA will develop the Kent Street Plaza and Pedestrian Corridor to expand bus ridership and access to the existing light rail system, strengthening the economically distressed community and the Westport Waterfront Project.
  • Howard Street Livable Communities (Bus and Bus Livability) - Baltimore City
Sponsor: Maryland Transit Authority (MTA). Amount: $260,000. This Livable Communities project involves the demolition of existing worn out shelters and replacement of light rail and bus shelters in the busiest transit corridor in Baltimore City, located along Howard Street. Baltimore's light rail line, running directly through Howard Street, links suburban communities and business centers to the north of the City to Baltimore-Washington International/ Thurgood Marshall Airport, business parks, and neighborhoods to the south.
 
Funding for these grants is made through two competitive grant programs, the Urban Circulator Grant Program and the Bus and Bus Livability Grant Program.