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50 Organizations Call on Governor Hogan to Sign the Transportation Equity Act

On Friday, the Mid-Atlantic Justice Coalition submitted a letter signed by 50 organizations to Governor Hogan, requesting that he sign HB141, the Transportation Equity Act, into law.

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The Honorable Larry Hogan

Governor of Maryland

Maryland State House

100 State Circle

Annapolis, MD 21401-1925

May 6, 2022

Dear Governor Hogan,

The undersigned 50 groups ask that you sign HB141, the Transportation Equity Act, into law.

The Transportation Equity Act of 2022 provides enhanced Title-VI-equivalent protections at the state level, its signature strength and innovation. Maryland would take the lead among the states of the nation in assuring every resident equal access to the economic and environmental benefits of public transportation without regard to race, color, national origin, income, age, or disability.

When enacted, the bill will provide a unique instrument that will establish a basis in verifiable data to assess the equitable impacts of transportation policy and services. The assessment, in the form of prior transit equity and cost/benefit analyses, enables the transportation agency to make equity adjustments at lower costs than if delayed until the policy had been fully or partially implemented. The bill’s sponsors worked diligently with MDOT-MTA to address any potential concerns and to significantly reduce the bill’s fiscal note.

The Transportation Equity Act set an encouraging course during the 2022 legislative session of the Maryland General Assembly. The sponsors and over fifty witnesses supported the bill in hearings which heard no opposition. For this reason, our active and broad community of support make this appeal to you to sign the measure into law. It represents the will of the majority of the residents of the state.

As a result of the conscientious, diligent navigation by its sponsors and members of the legislature, the bill was passed with effective bipartisan support on both sides of the aisle.

Our groups, representing thousands of Marylanders across the state, support the Transportation Equity Act of 2022 and urge you to sign it into law to steer Maryland toward success in transportation planning in future administrations.

Sincerely,

Maryland Chapter of the Mid-Atlantic Justice Coalition

Baltimore County Government

Maryland State and DC AFL-CIO

Disability Rights Maryland

NAACP Maryland State Conference

League of Women Voters of Maryland

Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition

Clean Water Action

BRIDGE Maryland

CASA

Namati

Bus Workgroup14

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

Maryland United for Peace and Justice

Our Revolution Maryland

Indivisible Central Maryland

Echotopia LLC

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

HUB West Baltimore Community

Development Corporation

No Boundaries Coalition

SURJ Baltimore

Our Revolution- Howard County

WISE

Community Development Network of Maryland

SHARE Baltimore Inc.

Parent Advocacy Consortium

Baltimore Green Party

Chesapeake Climate Action Network and CCAN Action Fund

Our Revolution Baltimore City/Baltimore County

Central Maryland Transportation Alliance

Indivisible Howard County

Takoma Park Mobilization Environment Committee

MLC Climate Justice Wing

Environmental Justice Ministry, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

Maryland Sierra Club

Chesapeake Earth Holders

Climate XChange

Locust Point Community Garden

The Climate Mobilization, Montgomery County Chapter

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Coalition for Smarter Growth

Sunrise Movement Baltimore

Sunrise Movement Maryland

Maryland Legislative Coalition

Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club

HoCo Climate Action

Blue Water Baltimore

The Nature Conservancy, Maryland/DC

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of

Maryland