Brown: Governor Hogan Bears Full Responsibility for this Oncoming Disaster
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04), sole Maryland member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, released the following statement on the Purple Line:
“Governor Hogan bears full responsibility for the dithering, delays and lack of leadership that have brought us to this moment - the dissolution of the largest public-private partnership in the country and the logistical, financial and neighborhood disaster confronting Maryland. The victims are Montgomery and Prince George’s families who must not only confront torn-up streets, unfinished bridges and half-completed rails, but deferred hopes of shorter commutes, greater access to jobs and revitalized communities.
“After choosing the lowest-bid contract, the Hogan Administration let delays compound and failed to address escalating costs for years. Instead of trying to reach a fair settlement that would enable residents to reap the benefits of this much-needed project as quickly as possible, Marylanders are left with vague promises that the Purple Line will eventually be completed even though Governor Hogan has depleted the Transportation Trust Fund. It is outrageous that the only idea the Hogan Administration has to continue Purple Line construction is to cut MARC, bus service and raid other Baltimore-region transportation projects - despite already failing to sufficiently invest in Maryland’s aging transit infrastructure.
“It is absolutely unacceptable for the Purple Line to go unfinished. It is time for Governor Hogan to pause his book tour and presidential campaign planning, to break this impasse and deliver the Purple Line for the people of Maryland.”