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Shea Addresses the Need for Additional Public Transit Options Across the State Plan Cites Governor Hogan’s Backwards Transportation Policies
BALTIMORE, MD (December 21, 2017) – Today, Jim Shea released his statewide, integrated transportation plan, calling for a renewed focus on public transportation infrastructure across the state. A revamped public transportation system will not only reduce congestion and improve the quality of life in Maryland, but it will also grow our economy, make our state more attractive to businesses, and protect our environment.
“As Governor, I will champion a cohesive transportation plan for the state that focuses on connecting population center with job centers to reduce congestion,” said Jim Shea, former Chairman of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance. “A comprehensive plan that updates the existing systems and employs new solutions to expand transit options will revolutionize Maryland and make it an even more desirable place to live, work, and visit.” Governor Hogan has been a consistent opponent of public transit. He proposes 20th century solutions to 21st century problems. In Baltimore, he cancelled the Red Line, giving back almost $1 billion to the federal government and stunting long-term transit prospects in the greater Baltimore region. In the Washington, D.C. area, he pulled hundreds of millions of dollars in state funds from the Purple Line, rendering it less effective and attractive. He took this money and put it into road widening projects in politically favored jurisdictions – projects that lack long-term benefits.
“Governor Hogan and his administration are setting our state back decades. His transportation decisions diminish the quality of life of Maryland’s citizens, stifle economic opportunity, and pollute the air we breathe and the water we drink. When I am Governor, we will have a leader in Annapolis who recognizes the dynamic value of public transit infrastructure,” said Shea.
As Governor, Shea pledges to:
- Implement a state-wide transportation vision for the state that accounts for how each piece fits together into a larger and more integrated transportation system.
- Undo Governor Hogan’s unforgivable and inexplicable decision to cancel the Red Line. • Oversee the completion of the Purple Line and look for ways to improve the service so it reaches its full potential.
- Integrate Baltimore and Washington, D.C.’s transit systems so they use the same payment technology to provide a more fluid service to Marylanders.
- Invest in transportation infrastructure in Western Maryland, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore that combats congestion and improves transit outcomes.
- Push for clear accountability standards, including adhering to the Transportation Scoring Bill, instituting a board that oversees MTA, and making ridership data available for all of Maryland’s public transportation systems.
In order to implement these changes, the state of Maryland needs an experienced leader with a history of bringing together disparate parties to attain achievable goals. Shea was the Chairman of Venable, Maryland’s largest law firm for 22 years, where he grew the firm by 1000% and provided quality services to Maryland’s best institutions. He was the Chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland, where he led a system of 12 universities, 160,000 students, and 40,000 employees, with a budget of $5.4 billion, to expand access and improve the quality of higher education in Maryland.
As the inaugural Chair of the Central Maryland Transportation Alliance, Shea advocated for improved transit outcomes across the state, including expanding the MARC service to weekends and adding designated bus lanes in Baltimore. He is a progressive Democrat with a lifetime of experience in bringing people together to accomplish significant results. Shea also served as the Chair of the Empower Baltimore Management Corporation and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, where he focused on strengthening Baltimore’s economy and expanding economic opportunity.
“We must be willing to invest in the short-term to reap the benefits in the long-term. To make these changes, I will adhere to a plan, hire a qualified and committed team, outline proper metrics, and execute. That is what I have done my entire career, and that is what I will do as Governor,” said Shea.