Council Vice President Berliner Shares Vision for New Role as T&E Chair

Posted Date: 
January 4, 2011

MCCC President & CEO Gigi Godwin, County Council Vice President Roger Berliner, and MCCC Infrastructure and Land Use Vice-Chair Gus Bauman.

County Council Vice President Roger Berliner, who is the new chair of the Council’s Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee (T&E), met with the Chamber’s Infrastructure and Land Use Committee on Jan. 4 to discuss his transportation priorities. Berliner noted that he is going to have the T&E committee begin the year with a close examination of three major transit issues: the Metro system and its governance structure, the County’s Ride On bus system, and proposals for bus rapid transit and light rail.

Berliner told MCCC Infrastructure and Land Use Vice-Chair Gus Bauman and members of the Chamber committee that he strongly supports a hike in the state gasoline tax, as part of a long-term strategy of increasing funding for transportation projects. Bauman, of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., is the chair of the statewide Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding. That 28-member commission was formed through state legislation that passed last year – as a result of the Chamber’s advocacy – and it is continuing to develop a long-term strategy for increasing transportation funding.

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