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Local leaders urge Md., Va. to raise gas taxes

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Local,Transportation,Liz Essley

A coalition of local leaders is urging the governors and legislators of Maryland and Virginia to find more money for transportation in their upcoming legislative sessions.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board wrote to state officials Wednesday suggesting that lawmakers consider raising gas taxes or other user fees and borrowing money for major transportation projects.

We have "urgent need for additional transportation revenues... to ensure that the region's highway and transit systems are adequately maintained over this period, and that increases in capacity can be provided to support population and employment growth throughout the region in a manner that strengthens coordination between transportation and land use," local leaders wrote in a draft of the letter.

Both Maryland and Virginia face declining revenues from their gas taxes and have billions in unfunded transportation projects, experts say.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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