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Posted at 6:49 PM ET, 03/10/2011

Changes offered for Md. transp. bill

By Associated Press

With gas prices on the rise, Sen. Robert J. Garagiola (D-Montgomery County) is proposing alternatives to raise revenue for transportation projects.

One would scrap a 10-cent gas tax increase, but it would still index the gas tax to adjust for inflation while capping any increase at 1 cent a year. Another would phase in a gas tax increase at 4.5 cents in 2011, 3 cents in 2012 and 3 cents in 2013, and cut indexing.

Both proposals would increase the state vehicle emissions inspection fee from $14 every two years to $40.

Garagiola's amendments to his bill, which he discussed Wednesday at a hearing, would also increase mass transit fares and exempt farm equipment and commercial trucks and trailers from a vehicle registration fee increase.


Resources

You can search for cheap gas using AAA's Fuel Price Finder, or the search function at gasbuddy.com.

The Web site of the American Public Transportation Association features a transit savings calculator that you can use to determine how using public transportation compares with driving.

By Associated Press  | March 10, 2011; 6:49 PM ET
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