Adelphi, Md. (Aug. 16, 2023)—Maryland Governor Wes Moore announced that Frank Principe, senior vice president of government affairs and strategic partnerships at University of Maryland Global Campus, has been appointed chair of the new Commission on Transportation Revenue and Infrastructure Needs. Principe will gavel to order the first meeting of the commission on August 24 in Annapolis.
According to the announcement, Governor Moore, in consultation with Maryland Senate President Bill Ferguson and Maryland House Speaker Adrienne A. Jones, selected Principe because of his “decades of transportation, planning and revenue management experience,” which includes serving as Maryland Department of Transportation chief of staff (2010-2015) and director of government affairs for Baltimore County (2003-2010).
“I am humbled and honored to be chosen by Governor Moore and presiding officers of the Maryland General Assembly to lead this important commission,” said Principe. “Public service is my lifelong passion and the work in the area of public infrastructure and it’s impacts to every community across our diverse and amazing state is critical to securing a prosperous future as we advance equity, access and environmental sustainability.”
The commission will review, evaluate and make recommendations concerning transportation project priorities and funding. The commission’s 31 members have been drawn from among state legislators and representatives from local government, transportation, industry, business, labor and environmental organizations. Members of the governor’s cabinet on the commission include Transportation Secretary Paul J. Wiedefeld, Budget and Management Secretary Helene Grady, Commerce Secretary Kevin Anderson and Planning Secretary Rebecca Flora.
“This commission has an immense responsibility, and a tremendous opportunity, to ensure that we are both maintaining our current transportation system in a state of good repair and building Maryland's transportation future to prioritize access, equity, options and opportunity for all," said Principe in the announcement from the Department of Transportation. “The state must make the necessary investments to accomplish its goals, and with the unwavering support of Governor Moore and legislative leadership, I know the members of this diverse commission are committed to help make that vision a reality."
The commission will meet throughout 2023 and 2024. Meetings of the commission, which include public participation, will be livestreamed on the Maryland General Assembly's website. An interim commission report is due to the governor and legislature on or before January 1, 2024, with a final report on or before January 1, 2025. For more information about the commission, its mission and its full membership roster, visit www.mdot.maryland.gov/commission.