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2.1.24 – Greater Greater Washington -By Alex Holt (Contributor)

Two additional bills, HB 89, or the One Less Car Act of 2024, and HB 107, or the Better Bus Service Act of 2024, would essentially give an income tax credit to Marylanders who don’t have or who get rid of their cars and authorize automated camera enforcement for dedicated bus lanes, helping the state qualify for …

The 2024 session of the Maryland General Assembly is only a few weeks old, but it’s already clear what its overarching theme will be: money. With the last remnants of COVID-era federal stimulus programs rapidly winding down and the state facing a $761 million shortfall for the next budget year, financial considerations are guaranteed to loom especially large over this year’s proceedings at State Circle.

That’s especially true for transportation, where the Moore Administration raised alarm bells last month with the announcement of $3.3 billion in cuts in an effort to close a $2.1 billion transportation budget shortfall over the next 5 years. A few of those cuts were hastily walked back earlier this month, as Moore and Maryland Secretary of Transportation Paul Wiedefeld diverted $150 million from Maryland’s general fund as a temporary fix.

That said, this year’s legislative session should see several bills addressing some of Maryland’s most pressing concerns on transportation, housing, and the environment. Some of them might help solve the aforementioned money issues. Here are some of the top bills to look out for:




And as always, keep your eyes peeled for even more urbanism-related bills between now and the final day of the legislative session (commonly known as “Sine Die’), April 8. After all, you never quite know what’s going to happen as everything comes down to the wire.

This piece has been updated to reflect that HB 89, the One Less Car Act, only applies to people who get rid of a car, not people who already do not own a car.

Alex Holt is a New York state native, Maryland transplant, and freelance writer. He lives in Mt. Washington in Baltimore and enjoys geeking out about all things transit, sports, politics, and comics, not necessarily in that order. He was formerly GGWash’s Maryland Correspondent.