Group Calls for Gas Tax Increase to Fund Purple Line

'The failure to act on this matter will have catastrophic economic ramifications,' says Purple Line Now.

The activist group  in Silver Spring is calling on Maryland legislators to raise the gas tax during its July special session so that the Purple Line project can 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 the group. 

"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 includes signatures from Red Line Now, Action Committee for Transit, Suburban Maryland Transportation Alliance and Corridor Cities Transitway Coalition.

Tim Miller June 20, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I have nothing against transportation projects like this one. What I do have a problem with is the state raiding the transportation fund for general use. Instead of cutting back on spending the state pushed through all the spending they could. I remember back in the 1970's a gas tax was added for the Metro & that tax is there. Where is the money going to now? Metro or not? The problem with any tax is, once it's in place then it's never done away with.
Nick June 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
STOP RAISING OUR TAXES! If the Purple Line is worth doing it won't need to be subsidized. If it can't survive on its own, it shouldn't be built. If the government were rational it would understand simple economics.


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