Leggett to testify before Congressional transportation panel

Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett is scheduled to testify Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on “State and Local Perspectives on Transportation.”

Other witnesses include officials from Arkansas, California, Montana and Tennessee. According to a Montgomery County statement, lawmakers want testimony germane to establishing priorities for the next transportation funding bill.

The federal transportation funding bill has been stalled in Congress for almost two years. Congress routinely provides long-term transportation funding for five- or six-year periods so that state and local planners can tackle major construction or renovation projects without fear that money will run out.

Leggett plans to discuss the role of federal funding in easing congestion in the Washington region; the impacts of BRAC personnel transfers at the National Naval Medical Center to the surrounding Bethesda neighborhood; and funding for transit programs such as the Purple Line, which would connect Bethesda with New Carrollton .

The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in the committee hearing room, 406 Dirksen.

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