Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined the Maryland Congressional Delegation in announcing $1,675,000 in federal funding to improve bus safety and prevent hazards on rail systems in Maryland.
“The safety of our regional transportation networks must be a top priority,” the lawmakers said. “This new federal funding will upgrade Maryland’s rail systems with warning technology that helps bolster safety and reliability for Maryland commuters. Our delegation will always work to deliver resources that modernize and expand public transportation in our state.”
Funding comes from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration’s Safety, Research and Demonstration Program and Bus Operator Compartment Program. Maryland’s awards include:
- $1 million for the International Transportation Learning Center in Silver Spring to enhance bus driver safety and improve relations between passengers and transit operators.
- $675,000 for the Maryland Department of Transportation to mitigate risks on rail systems in Baltimore by upgrading track warning and detection technology to alert train operators when someone is on the tracks.