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Maryland transit agency facing $2B shortfall in next decade

An image of a Purple Line Train from a 2015 Maryland Transit Administration brochure. (Maryland Transit Administration)

An image of a Purple Line Train from a 2015 Maryland Transit Administration brochure. (Maryland Transit Administration)

A report from the Maryland Transit Administration says it’s facing a funding shortfall of more than $2 billion over the next decade.

The Baltimore Sun says the first Capital Needs Inventory says the report also identifies $5.7 billion in necessary spending between now and 2028. Of that amount, the MTA needs $1.5 billion now to bring the agency’s assets into good repair. The other $4.2 billion will be required to address aging equipment and infrastructure.

The report was required as part of last year’s Maryland Metro/Transit Funding Act following the emergency shutdown of the Baltimore Metro Subway.

A spokesman for Gov. Larry Hogan says his administration is dedicating more than $14 billion in operating and capital funds to the MTA and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority between now and 2024.