Blog compares O'Malley, Ehrlich on roads, transit
Adam Pagnucco presents a fascinating comparison of transportation spending priorities under former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. and Gov. Martin O'Malley on Maryland Politics Watch. Budget wonks will find the tables especially illuminating.
Clearly, if new roads are your thing, Ehrlich's the man. If it's transit you care about, O'Malley's the guy.
One factor to consider: While the MTA and WMATA figures capture almost all state spending on transit, the SHA totals don't include a large chunk of road spending accounted for through the toll-financed Maryland Transportation Authority. That includes much of the cost of the Inter-county Connector and the express toll lanes on Interstate 95. It's probably just as well, for political comparisons, because the authority's figures would show a lot of spending on those projects under O'Malley that was planned under Ehrlich. Don't conclude that road spending has ground to a halt. It's just that two projects are consuming a lot of dollars.