HIGHWAY FUNDING IN THE BALTIMORE REGION: SOURCES AND PROJECTIONS

One of the products of short range transportation planning in the Baltimore Region is a strategy for implementing highway improvements in the long range plan. The strategy, in turn, depends on a understanding of the process by which Federal and state funds are applied to highway projects and on estimates of the amount of future funding available. Current Federal highway funding was authorized by the 1978 Surface Transportation Assistance Act. The Act outlines the amount and method for distributing transportation funds among the states through Fiscal Year 1982. Although the traditional responsibility of Federal highway programs has been to aid the construction of new facilities, the 1978 Act specifies funds for highway maintenance (resurfacing, restoring, and rehabilitation). The State Highway Administration is responsible for distributing Federal highway funds within Maryland between state and local projects and between regions within the state. State funds for transportation projects are drawn from the Consolidated Transportation Trust Fund. The major source of revenue for the fund is motor vehicle fuel tax. The Maryland Department of Transportation predicts that, with a fixed gasoline tax, new revenues available for capital projects will decrease over the next 15 years, in a time when costs are increasing. Overall Federal aid for the state's highway improvement programs in the Baltimore Region is estimated to be 35-46 percent in the next 20 years. Federal aid to local highway programs could amount to 17 percent. A wide variety of fees, general funds, and borrowing are used by the jurisdictions to finance local highway programs. Motor vehicle fuel taxes will provide 20 to 56 percent of the cost of local highway capital, maintenance, and operating budgets. However, in four of the five counties in the region, those revenues fail to meet or just barely meet road maintenance costs. For both state and local programs, maintenance costs now amount to 30 percent of highway capital costs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Regional Planning Council

    2225 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD  United States  21218
  • Authors:
    • BAILEY, J M
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: 44 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00315404
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Technical Memo 41
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM