Heavy Holiday Traffic Expected On Bay Bridge

MDTA recently released guidance as to how best to avoid heavy Memorial Day traffic on the Bay Bridge.  With the upcoming Memorial Day holiday serving as the unofficial start of summer travel season, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is urging motorists to commit to safe driving practices, and travel off-peak to minimize delays when crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Motorists may also find time savings by utilizing the I-95 northern route traveling the Tydings Bridge…

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$1 Montgomery Bus Fares Starting in July

Montgomery County will be ending its bus fare holiday starting in July, with plans to charge $1 per ride.  Last Thursday, Montgomery County Council passed a budget ending the two-year fare holiday for county bus riders. Starting in July, fares will be $1 per ride, half of the pre-pandemic fare of $2 per ride. This new increase puts Montgomery in line with neighboring Prince George's, who also reduced fares to $1 per ride. County leaders…

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Available Now: “Infrastructure School” Webinars

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the White House released a guidebook for state and local leaders outlining resources on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law and an explanatory document that shows, in as much detail as currently available, program-by-program information. Over the past few months, federal officials hosted a series of webinars dubbed "Infrastructure School" on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook and a deeper…

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States’ Transportation Leaders: Local Partnerships are Key

Local partnerships advance statewide transportation goals, according to a panel of state DOT and local government executives, convened during the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials 2022 Spring Meeting. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the leading organization for state transportation and highway leaders, convened its spring conference earlier this month, and tackled many topics relating to transportation infrastructure. One message, hitting close to home for Maryland: local transportation priorities…

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Carroll to Host First Transit Talk

Carroll Transit System (CTS), in collaboration with Ride With Us, Inc., will host the first Transit Talk on Wednesday, June 8. All local interested parties are invited to a free information session on the various transit options available in Carroll County. The event will take place from 9 am – 2 pm at the Carroll County Ag Center Shipley Arena in Westminster and includes a light breakfast and lunch. According to the County press release:…

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Apply Now: Feds Awarding Billions for Safe Streets and Roads

The FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is live on Grants.gov. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the SS4a discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next five years (up to $1 billion in fiscal 2022). Who…

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Baltimore County Lands Major Electric Vehicle Manufacturer

Baltimore County will soon play host to a 54,000 square foot electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing facility as the EV market expands both in state and globally.  Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation, a technology developer and manufacturer of electric industrial vehicles and drivetrain systems for material handling machineries and vehicles, has selected Baltimore County for the next phase of the company’s major U.S. expansion. Greenland conducted a comprehensive national selection process before selecting Maryland earlier this year,…

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White House Aims to Streamline Environmental Permits to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $973 billion over five years from fiscal 2022 through fiscal 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power, broadband, cybersecurity, energy, environmental remediation, resilience, and more. To make the most of these historic investments and ensure infrastructure projects are delivered on time and budget, the Biden-Harris Administration is releasing a new Permitting Action Plan to…

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Fun Fact: This County Has the Largest Locomotive

The world’s largest Mallet, or steam-powered locomotive, in operation was placed into service last week in Allegany County. Maryland Thunder will be part of a regular rotation for the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad’s (WMSR) 16-mile excursion from Cumberland to the Frostburg Depot. It was constructed in 1949 by Baldwin Locomotive Works and was built to handle the heaviest coal trains until it was retired in 1956. The 643,100-pound engine was stored at the B&O Museum…

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Counties Celebrate Bike to Work Week

Across the state of Maryland, County leaders are celebrating Bike to Work Week.  Every year jurisdictions nationally celebrate Bike to Work Week, an unofficial holiday aimed at encouraging commuters to incorporate a healthier mode of transportation into their routine. This year is particularly important as the conversation around transit-oriented development, transportation access, and other similar topics have become more important. In the Washington DC region, the Metropolitan Council of Government’s Commuter Connections, a network of transportation…

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