Activists Call To Increase Purple Line Fund

Purple Line Now wants to raise the gas tax to help replenish the fund.

The Purple Line activist group in Silver Spring in support of the proposed line, is calling on Maryland legislators to raise the gas tax during its July special session so that the line that will link Montgomery and Prince George's counties will be able to proceed.

Purple Line Now, a nonprofit organization formed in 2002, proposed a gas tax hike to help replenish the transporation trust fund.

"Maryland motorists have been getting a cheaper and cheaper ride since 1992, the last time the gas tax was raised," Purple Line Now member Ralph Bennett said. "Gas prices have fallen 60 cents since April - now is the time to add a small amount to the price of gas to fund the transit projects and roads all Marylanders need."

Funding the Purple Line will affect more people than working on gambling legislation during the special session, according to the letter from Purple Line Now.

"At the top of the state's priority list is an unsustainable shortfall in transportation funding which cannot be ignored any longer," the letter reads. "The failure to act on this matter will have catastrophic economic ramifications for each of the state's 24 jurisdictions and every resident of our Free State."

The letter also included signatures from Red Line Now, Action Committee for Transit, Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance and Corridor Cities Transitway Coalition.

JustABill June 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
So if these so called activists (special interest groups) get their way the citizens of the entire state of Maryland will have to pay a higher gasoline tax to fund a project that only a small percentage of people in two counties will actually use. Well gee, where do I sign up for that boondoggle? Just like our Governor they ignore the truth and use nothing but fallacies to make their case for this tax increase that has been rejected by both houses in the General Assembly because they knew it was and still is the wrong tax increase at the wrong time. If the democrat led General Assembly and Gov. OweMalley had not stolen billions of dollars from the Transportation Trust Fund to balance their overspending budgets for the past 6 years then this would not even be an issue.
Anne Goodwin June 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Why build the purple line, anyway? It will not have many riders but will cost a fortune to build and maintain. It will ruin a gentle swath of greenery and the towpath along the Capital Crescent Trail. And it will cause traffic issues at the convergence of Jones Mill and Jones Bridge roads. The developers and politicians should leave well enough alone and NOT build the purple line. We don't need or want it.


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