Skip to comments.No federal funding for two Baltimore transportation projects
Posted on 07/06/2016 8:10:14 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Baltimore came up empty-handed Wednesday when the federal government turned down Maryland's request for $231 million to fund two large transportation projects.
The state had been seeking $76.1 million in federal assistance for an Interstate 95 interchange project to spur redevelopment at the 160-acre Port Covington site in South Baltimore where Sagamore Development wants to build a mixed-use project with a new Under Armour corporate campus, housing, retail and more.
The state also came up short on its bid for $155 million to help alleviate the freight rail bottleneck caused by the obsolete design of the Howard Street Tunnel, which has been a drag on the port of Baltimore for decades.
Gov. Larry Hogan's office released a statement deploring the U.S. Department of Transportation's decision, calling it "a disappointing outcome."
"This is the second time in two years that the Obama administration has overlooked Baltimore by withholding federal assistance that could make a real difference to the future of the city," said Hogan spokesman Matthew A. Clark.
The first time was when the administration turned down Maryland's request for aid in the aftermath of Baltimore's riots last year, he said.
The twin projects were competing against more than 200 applicants from around the country for $800 million available this year under the federal government's FASTLANE program. Only 18 projects were selected.
Clark said that the Republican Hogan administration would seek FASTLANE funding again next year.
"Port Covington and the Howard Street tunnel have the potential to create thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in new economic activity, improving the lives of everyday Marylanders," he said.
Clark hinted that Maryland's mostly Democratic delegation to Congress should have done more to influence the Democratic Obama administration...
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Thank God. We shouldn’t have to pay for that crap anyway.
Why, it’s almost as though Obama wants the jobless, run-down ghettos to remain jobless run-down ghettos! Maybe that keeps this demo ripe for the picking when Dems need a few hundred thousand votes of the plaantation dwellers, but without spending PAC money to campaign for it.
That’s probably true. It’s also likely he wants to establish the republican governor as ineffective when dealing with the Feds, in an effort to bolster any idiot future democrat opponent.
You elected a Republican Governor.
NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!
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