2019 Legislative Priorities
The Transportation Association of Maryland (TAM) has identified four priority issues that we will support during the 2019 session of the Maryland General Assembly.
- ESTABLISHMENT OF NEMT COMMISSION: Currently, there exists no singular entity in Maryland specifically to address the coordination of services and service providers of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation. Though there currently exists a State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, there is no entity that specifically provides grass roots level coordination that specifically addresses the needs and concerns of Maryland’s public demand response providers. TAM would like to see the establishment of a Commission that would be responsible to address Non-Emergency Medical Transportation matters in the State.
- DRIVER ASSAULT PROTECTION: Driver assault is a growing problem for many transit agencies. Transit operators lack the special protection extended to other public servants, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, and responders. TAM understands that transit worker assaults are not only a danger to workers, but to the riding public, who are also placed in harm’s way when such incidents occur. We support enhanced penalties to deter attacks against transit drivers.
- FUNDING FORMULA: State funding for Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) have been relatively flat for more than 10 years. Consequently, without the means to account for even modest inflation rates, our members are being fiscally constrained in their ability to maintain the status quo in terms of service delivery. This dynamic is coupled with a well documented increased demand for services from the elderly and disabled community. Without additional funding, many current services will be reduced or eliminated in some cases. One way to alleviate the funding shortfall would be to increase the funding allocation used by the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to support their American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Statewide Specialized Transportation Assistance Programs (SSTAP), and other related formula-based grant funding programs.
- DEDICATED CAPITAL FUNDING: Since the alleviation of 5309 formula funding that previously allowed the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) to provide additional funding to the Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS), the locally operated providers have been challenged to find funding streams to purchase much needed capital equipment, such as transit vehicles. The Transportation Association of Maryland is seeking to amend the language as set forth in SB 372 of the 2018 General Assembly Session to include all regions and governmental jurisdictions in the State to establish a dedicated funding stream exclusive from the MDOT MTA for the purchasing of much needed equipment to continue to provide quality of life services to the citizens of State of Maryland.
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