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Port Of Baltimore Welcomes U.S. Transportation Secretary

[ August 4, 2021   //   ]

Governor Larry Hogan welcomed U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to Maryland’s Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore on July 29. During the visit, the governor touted the Port as an example of successful infrastructure investment, lauded leaders in Washington on reaching a bipartisan federal infrastructure package and urged Congress to swiftly pass the agreement. This was Secretary Buttigieg’s first visit to a port since taking office earlier this year.
“After years of work and months of negotiations, we have finally reached agreement on a bipartisan federal infrastructure package that will make generational investments in our roads, bridges, ports, airports, waterways, and cyber defenses,” said Governor Hogan. “The conventional wisdom was that this couldn’t possibly be done in a bipartisan way, but there was a small group of us who kept working around the clock to get this done.”
“[The]s visit was a wonderful opportunity to show Secretary Buttigieg one of our nation’s busiest and most productive ports, and show how federal funding is helping us improve key rail and terminal infrastructure, generate thousands of jobs, and grow the economy,” said Maryland Port Administration Executive Director William P. Doyle. “We thank the secretary for making time in his busy schedule to visit the Port of Baltimore.”
The Port of Baltimore generates about 15,300 direct jobs, with nearly 140,000 jobs overall linked to Port activities, and handles more cars, light trucks, and roll on/roll off cargo than any other port in the United States. Governor Hogan, Secretary Buttigieg, and other officials discussed major infrastructure projects that will expand capacity, business, and jobs at the Port of Baltimore.

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