Ehrlich signed a transportation revenue package April 13 that will hike
vehicle registration fees for Maryland drivers.
law is expected to raise $237 million a year for road projects and mass
transit across the state, The Associated Press reported.
relies primarily on an annual increase in vehicle-registration fees. The
surcharge amount would be determined by the cost of the vehicle but would
not be computed as a percentage.
we take a major step toward improving the safety of our highways, reducing
gridlock and building a transit system that works,” Ehrlich said in a statement. “This
bill compliments the way Marylanders choose to travel by balancing road
projects with a safe and efficient transit system.”
falls short of the goal set by a task force that outlined the road projects
needed in Maryland by 2010, The AP reported. The panel determined
last year that $17 billion worth of projects are needed over the next six
years; the new law allows the department to raise $12 billion.