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In 2017, Maryland enacted a law regarding the reporting of early intervention services in our schools. I was the House sponsor of the bill, which you can view here: https://t.co/ozWgykxfkJ?amp=1 The idea for the legislation was first brought to my attention by a constituent, Katie Spurlock.
Today, I sent a letter to the Maryland State Department of Education regarding the law's implementation and to make sure the local school systems on reporting useful and consistent information.
You can read the letter by clicking the link. It's fun to pass bills, but what is really important is what happens to them after the signing.
A local high school student was tragically hit by a car while riding his bike on Old Georgetown Road/MD-187 in July. The District 16 Team and our partners on the County Council quickly reached out to the State Highway Administration and they agreed to an on-site, open meeting to discuss potential safety improvements in that corridor. Bethesda Beat has the story.
As part of the Maryland Metro/Transit Funding Act of 2018, an amendment from Delegate Lierman was included that requires the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to issue a 10-Year Capital Needs Inventory & Prioritization. MTA runs Baltimore City's subway, light rail and local bus service, as well as the MARC train and commuter buses elsewhere in the state. It is also responsible for the Purple Line.
You can read the first report here. It identifies an approximately $200 million gap in current funding, primarily for state of good repair (maintenance) and some enhancement (such as bike access to stations) work. It does not discuss any expansion costs. Maryland Matters also covered the issue.
With no advance notice and on the day the funds were due to be disbursed to Metro, Maryland's Transportation Secretary announced that the state was withholding approximately $50 million in capital funding to Metro. Some of the concerns expressed by the Maryland Department of Transportation as to appropriate oversight of Metro are well founded and I have been speaking with the Department and our regional partners about these issues. Numerous Montgomery and Prince George's County legislators sent a letter to the Secretary charting a path forward to resolve the issues and ensure that Metro gets the funds necessary to serve its riders and keep the regional transportation network functioning. Maryland Matters covered the legislators' letter in a recent story.
The Secretary of Transportation responded, although he did not commit to releasing the legally required funds or provide a timeline for resolution of the issues.
The WMATA/Metro Board approved the permanent elimination of the Grosvenor turnback. The Board memo and resolution is available here, but the short version is that since the turnback was eliminated there has been increased ridership, increased parking, decreased platform crowding, and none of the operational issues WMATA's bureaucracy was concerned about. The turnback elimination is a success and should be made permanent.
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