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There was significant political news yesterday that improves the prospects of federal funding for transit projects in Maryland. Senator Mikulski will be the next Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The late Sen. Inouye had been the Chairman and Sen. Leahy was next in line, but he surprised a lot of people by deciding to remain Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful positions on the Hill, Mikulski will be in a position to make sure Maryland gets its share of federal funding. While the Baltimore Red Line and the Purple Line are already in good shape to get federal funding (if state and local funding can be put together), the chances of federal funding for various MARC and Amtrak NEC projects in MD (B&P Tunnel replacement for one) in the coming years are much improved.

by AlanF on Dec 20, 2012 10:06 am • linkreport

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