COMMENTARY | Maryland enters 2013 with a fairly full set of legislative plans, ranging from gun control to the death penalty. While we can anticipate a number of initiatives will likely pass the Democratic-controlled General Assembly and be signed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, there remains a great deal of work to be done in the area of transportation, in particular, in relieving the road congestion. 2013 is a great time to start.
There is a proposal to collect an additional 5 cents per gallon for local transportation projects, according to the Washington Post, but this could be an opportunity for even more lost revenue. Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell has proposed eliminating the gas tax entirely, which would encourage Maryland drivers to tank up on the other side of the border.
Maryland roads are deeply congested. As Capital reports, Marylanders had the longest commute to get work in 2010, averaging 31.8 minutes. That's deeply congested.
Making matters worse, there's no new revenue to construct the proposed Purple Line or to create new transportation options in the state.
Shawn Humphrey is a former contributor to The Flint Journal and lives near Washington D.C. in Germantown, Maryland.
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