Detailed Responses - Congressional District 6
Do you support the Locally Preferred Alternative selected by Gov. O'Malley for the Purple Line, including an at-grade light rail line with a trail alongside it on the Georgetown Branch right of way between Bethesda and Silver Spring, as well as the at-grade light rail line running along Campus Drive through the University of Maryland?
Andrew Duck (D) Yes. I strongly support the Purple Line, within a comprehensive investment in mass transit. I am open to discussion about the exact route provided the Purple Line connects the various Maryland Metro lines, and we retain walking and bicycling right of ways in conjunction with the light rail line.
Joseph Krysztoforski (R) Undecided at this time. Reviewing alternate proposals.
Seth Wilson (R) No. I do not believe funding the projects of local transit authorities (such as the Purple Line) should be the responsibility of the federal government.
When the federal surface transportation program is reauthorized, should we give transit a higher priority relative to highways? How specifically would you change current law?
Andrew Duck (D) Yes, mass transit should be given a higher priority relative to highways. Options for improving highway capacity should consider the impact of mass transit and rail projects which can reduce highway overcrowding. My legislative focus would include providing funding for mass transit and other fuel saving projects, as part of an overall strategy to achieve energy independence within 10 years.
Joseph Krysztoforski (R) Yes. Funding for public transportation will go a long way toward reducing our depending on fossil fuels, reduce gas consumption and congestion on roadways.
Seth Wilson (R) No. I would support the elimination of the Federal Transit Authority and seek significant reductions to the budgets of other DOT agencies.