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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

Annual MDOT Consolidated Transportation Program Tour
Thursday, October 25, 2013

Secretary Smith, thank you for coming home today to Baltimore County as you make your way around the entire State of Maryland to discuss the State’s Consolidated Transportation Programs. I appreciate that you and your entire team have joined us today, and I think it goes without saying that you are in very familiar territory. It is good to have friends in high places.

Acknowledgments

I want to acknowledge the County Council and thank them for their support, and for allowing us the use of their Chambers — another venue with which the Secretary is quite familiar. Thank you, Senators and Delegates for being here and expressing your support for the County’s priorities via a concurrence letter. I always appreciate having the Delegation's support. I am also appreciative of our Federal partners, who also work hard on improving the transportation infrastructure in Baltimore County.

Background

Secretary Smith is well aware, but some of our other guests might be surprised to learn that Baltimore County is more populous than the States of North Dakota, Alaska, Vermont, and Wyoming, as well as the District of Columbia. We maintain 2,600 miles of roadways and 400 bridges, and we have more than 24,000 transit-dependent households.

Baltimore County has no municipalities and currently receives about $4 million in highway user revenue from the State. That is a $39 million decrease from Fiscal Year 2007, when the State phased out highway user revenue to local governments.

Baltimore County is home to Martin State Airport, Dundalk Marine Terminal, Sparrows Point, three metro stations (Owings Mills, Old Court, Milford Mill), nine light rail stations (Hunt Valley, Warren Road, Timonium Fairgrounds, Timonium Business Park, Lutherville, Falls Road, Gilroy Road, Pepper Road, Baltimore Highlands) and three MARC Stations (Halethorpe, Martin State Airport and St. Denis).

Priorities

Prior to this year, Baltimore County’s transportation priorities focused only on two projects:  relocation of the existing MARC Train Station and transportation improvements on Reisterstown Road at Painters Mill Road and Hooks Lane. I am aware that given the current plans for the GSA Depot, the State is reluctant to fund improvements to the MARC train. As I indicated in my letter to you, should the developer choose to revise the current plans, I would hope that we could revisit that project. 

In my September 26, 2013, letter to you, Secretary Smith, I submitted a list of projects on behalf of the County that may be attainable, given the fiscal restraints on your capital budget that you shared with me. The County exercised prudence in selecting projects and prioritized its projects into three categories: Major Transportation Capital, Minor Transportation Capital and Transportation Sidewalk Initiative Projects.

I would like to take a few minutes to highlight each of these areas. Before I do, I want to first thank you for including in the Draft Consolidated Transportation Program for Fiscal Year 2014 to Fiscal Year 2019 thus far: MARC Halethorpe Station improvements, site infrastructure improvements for Owings Mills Metro Station Parking Lot, Baltimore Region Red Line, I-695, I-83 and I-795 bridge and roadway improvements that provide additional capacity, access and safe travel for the State and Baltimore County.

Thank You

It is my hope that you will give these projects careful consideration and include them in the Final Consolidated Transportation Programs for Fiscal Year 2014 to Fiscal Year 2019.

Secretary Smith, thank you and the entire Transportation team for the opportunity to highlight projects that Baltimore County’s State Delegation, County Council and the citizens of Baltimore County support.

View a copy of Baltimore County's Fiscal Year 2015 requests submitted to the Maryland Department of Transportation.

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