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County Executive Kittleman issues statement regarding proposed changes to Maryland Transportation Project Policy

March 1, 2016

Media Contacts:
Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Sandy Schrader, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, 410-313-3075

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today issued the following statement regarding proposed changes to Maryland Transportation Project Policy:

“Senate Bill 908 politicizes and complicates the Consolidated Transportation Plan (CTP) and the Maryland Transportation Plan. This proposed legislation adds additional bureaucratic layers to an already complex process,” Kittleman said. “Instead of encouraging transparency, it clouds the process and inserts partisan politics. I can’t state strongly enough that this legislation would negatively impact the process and the ability for counties to get the support they need for transportation priorities.”

Kittleman further stated, “I am particularly concerned that this bill would adversely impact the long awaited improvements to Route 32 in Howard County.”

Kittleman said the current process is thorough, effective and requires ample evaluation. He pointed to the following passage from testimony opposing the bill from the Maryland Department of Transportation:

“Maryland’s current CTP process utilizes a combination of public, local and state government input, the goals of the Maryland Transportation Plan, and strategic advancement of state-identified economic and smart-growth development planning. The CTP Prioritization Process is inclusive and transparent and has been in place for 40 years.”