MD Senate panel confirms new transportation secretary

MD Senate panel confirms new transportation secretary

A transportation expert who Maryland Governor Larry Hogan called –the best highway builder in the entire country” has been confirmed as transportation secretary by the state senate. The senate nominations committee had delayed confirmation so members could question him about the Purple Line, a 15-mile light rail route that would connect Montgomery and Prince Georgeês counties.

Neither Governor Hogan nor the new secretary, Pete Rahn, has given specific answers about the light rail line, though during his campaign Hogan appeared to question whether it was a good use of funds. Rahn said during the confirmation hearings that he was keeping –an open mind” on the subject.

Rahn has headed the transportation departments in Missouri and New Mexico and is known for his dedication to highway building and to public-private partnerships to help with transportation needs, according to the Baltimore Business Journal.

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