Traffic in Maryland Now Exceeding Pre-Pandemic Levels

New data from the Maryland Department of Transportation indicates that traffic on Maryland highways and roads now exceeds pre-pandemic levels in many areas. “Holiday travel during the Fourth of July Weekend exceeding 2019 levels is an important milestone signaling our state’s strong recovery from the pandemic,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “Traffic volumes are exceeding pre-pandemic levels across the state, including at the American Legion Bridge, making the need for our Traffic Relief Plan more urgent…

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American Rescue Plan Put to Action at #MACoCon

As we begin the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments are looking to make smart investments with the American Rescue Plan funding they receive. Join us at the 2021 Summer MACo conference for a deep dive on ARPA funding, sponsored by NORESCO. American Rescue Plan Put to Action The American Rescue Plan Act includes unprecedented direct and flexible aid for states and local governments to mitigate the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Tools Provided by Verra Mobility Help Enhance Traffic Safety

Verra Mobility is a global leader in smart transportation.  They serve their customers by working behind the scenes to provide technology solutions to make mobility safer and easier. They enable smarter roadways by providing integrated technology to manage tolls, violations and vehicle registrations for our commercial customers – rental car companies, fleet management companies and large fleet operators. They also work with government customers (municipalities and school districts) by installing leading photo enforcement technology to…

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Distracted Driving Fatalities on the Rise – Especially Among 15 to 20 Year Olds

This spring the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released their most recent data on distracted driving. Among their findings: Nine percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 15 percent of all police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2019 were reported as distraction-affected crashes. In 2019 there were 3,142 people killed and an estimated additional 424,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Nine percent of drivers 15 to 20 years…

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Calvert Seeks Community Input On Complete Streets Plan

The Calvert-St. Mary’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (C-SMMPO) will host virtual public meetings to gather input and feedback from the community on design alternatives for the Complete Streets Plan, which will ensure that residents, workers, and visitors can safely walk or bike to nearby schools, restaurants, places of employment, and other local amenities. According to a press release: There will be two virtual public meetings held via Zoom; information presented at each meeting will be the…

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Thank you Northeast Maglev for Sponsoring MACo’s Summer Conference

Thank you to Northeast Maglev for being a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner and for sponsoring our summer conference! Northeast Maglev is a U.S.-owned company based in Baltimore, Maryland committed to bringing the revolutionary Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) to the Northeast Corridor, the most congested transportation region in the country. The SCMAGLEV system is capable of speeds up to 311 miles per hour, and can link Washington and New York in just one hour. Learn more about Northeast…

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Cecil, Uber Partner to Provide Transportation for Recovery Patients

The Cecil County Department of Community Services’ Cecil Transit division today launched its COMPASS (Cecil On-demand Mobility Platform and Service Solution) pilot project, which provides on-demand transportation services to individuals in recovery houses for substance use disorders. The one-year research project -- funded through a $563,000 Integrated Mobility Innovation pilot grant by the Federal Transit Administration -- is powered by customized Uber technology made possible through a partnership with Routematch by Uber.  Cecil Transit’s drivers…

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Montgomery Department of Transportation Earns 4 NACo Achievement Awards

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has received four 2021 National Association of Counties (NACo) achievement awards in the categories of Transportation, Community and Economic Development and Risk and Emergency Management. Since 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards have recognized county government innovations, and are given in 18 different categories that reflect the comprehensive services counties provide, including financial management, county administration, information technology, health, and civic engagement. “These nationally recognized programs exemplify the remarkable…

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Fun Fact: Which County Is Really ‘Going Places’ With the Longest Escalator in the Country?

The longest set of single-span escalators in the country, and in the entire Western Hemisphere, is located at Wheaton Metro Station in Montgomery County. Wheaton is a stop on the Washington Metro Red Line — a primary line through downtown Washington, D.C. — and is the oldest, busiest and currently longest line in the system. Service at Wheaton began on September 22, 1990, and it was the northeastern end of the Red Line for nearly…

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MDOT Sees Project Crunch if I-270 Private Funding Lost

The Maryland Department of Transportation has issued its assessment that statewide funds for road and transit projects will be short if the broad plans for I-270 and nearby beltway area don't receive the private funding initially anticipated. For years, Maryland has deliberated the Governor's proposal to introduce privatized toll lanes on Interstate 270 as a means to fund a congestion solution for that main artery and nearby portions of the Washington DC beltway. When the…

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