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WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, and David Trone (all D-Md.) announced $348,108,466 in federal funding for Maryland in fiscal year 2022 to strengthen public transit infrastructure across the state.

The lawmakers helped secure this increased federal funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) – which can be used to modernize aging infrastructure, upgrade vehicles, expand accessibility of transit stations, improve safety, address equity in transportation, and more – through the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).

“Every day, Marylanders rely on public transit to get where they need to go. Greater federal investment in public transit is essential to make transit safer and more reliable and to reduce pollution and strengthen our economy,” the lawmakers said. “That’s why we worked to increase funding for transit that will create new, good-paying jobs by building infrastructure, upgrading vehicles to newer and cleaner models, and improving service for Maryland riders. We will continue to fight for federal investments to improve our state’s transportation infrastructure.”

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is a once-in-a-generation investment in American infrastructure that will provide more than $7 billion in federal funding directly to Maryland over five years to strengthen our infrastructure from transit systems to roads and bridges to water infrastructure, broadband connectivity, and more. 

The law includes measures on workforce development, equity, and climate change. The lawmakers worked to secure passage of this law in Congress, which will help spur job creation, enhance U.S. competitiveness, and make our transportation systems more sustainable and equitable.

Nationally, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will provide $69.9 billion in guaranteed funding for public transit over the next five years representing the largest federal investment in public transit in history.

It will repair and upgrade crumbling infrastructure, modernize bus and rail fleets, make stations accessible to all users through a new program with $1.75 billion in dedicated funding, and bring transit service to new communities with an additional $8 billion for Capital Investment Grants.

The IIJA will help replace thousands of transit vehicles, including buses, with clean, zero emission vehicles through an additional $21.3 billion, 5 percent of which is dedicated to training the transit workforce to maintain and operate these vehicles.

Additionally, it will benefit communities of color who have historically had more limited access to transit despite being twice as likely to take public transportation.

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  1. FY 2022 is more than half over. The legislative session ends this Friday. I wonder how MD will spend this money in the 5 months it has to do so?

      1. Ah…another infantile response. At least you are consistent. Consistently worthless.

        1. And I’ll continue to do as I see fit, it’s not like you’re gonna do anything about it

  2. “Dumb dogs best friend says: April 13, 2022 at 5:13 am And you haven’t answered another simple question” The article is about additional federal infrastructure funding coming to MD from the federal government. Do you have the ability to comment on that No Clue? Or, like every other post you have made, is your ability to comment limited to the childish, immature and worthless?

    1. Again, I have literally asked a very simple question that a 4 year old could answer
      I do not care about the article, I haven’t read the article, I’m here because you posted a comment about

      1. Thank you for confirming that your posts are worthless and have no point, both by your comment and your inability to finish your sentence.

        1. Thank you for confirming that you cannot answer a very simple question as usual

          1. As usual, you replied multiple times to the same post with essentially the same childish and irrelevant comment.

        2. Nothing childish about it, it’s a very simple question that yes a child could answer

          1. Doesn’t surprise me that you don’t think your comments are not childish and irrelevant. But then again, you are nothing but a troll…fishing for responses.

        3. I’m just waiting for a answer to my very very simple question, yes even a child can answer

          Reply when you have a answer to it, otherwise shut up

          1. Poor, poor troll can’t keep up with ANY of the topics, can’t submit a post that has any relevance, can’t submit a post that suggests a maturity or intellectual level beyond that achieved by a small child, and doesn’t like that I point this out to it. So, no I don’t think I will shut up. But you might consider it, at least until you get your GED.

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