St. Mary’s Approves Department Restructure

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County approved a request by the Department of Public Works & Transportation to reclassify and reorganize the Airport Operations Division into the Transportation Division.  This reclassification will consolidate the St. Mary's County Transit System position vacated by retirement with an existing Airport Management staff position. Allison Swint will assume the newly created Deputy Director - Transportation role. From The BayNet: The new deputy director position will incorporate all the current…

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State Announces $11.8M in State & Federal Highway Safety Grants
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State Announces $11.8M in State & Federal Highway Safety Grants

More than 90 agencies and organizations have been awarded over $11 million in grants to help eliminate fatalities on Maryland roadways. These funds will be distributed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration's (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office to traffic safety-related organizations and law enforcement agencies.The funds will be used for initiatives including increasing the use of seat belts in all seats; promoting the correct use of child passenger safety seats; increased safety…

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New Waste Management Report Identifies Gaps in Plastic Recycling Infrastructure

A September report from waste disposal and recycling giant Waste Management (WM) shows issues with recycling infrastructure in the United States. According to the report, the northeastern United States have very few reclamation facilities for some common types of plastic such as polypropylene (PP), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The report notes that there are only four PET reclamation facilities, and no PP reclamation facilities northeast of Virginia. This leaves one of the most densely populated…

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Montgomery to Roll Out Ride On Electric Buses

Montgomery County officials launched the County's first four Ride On electric buses today, with a ceremonial "unplug" ceremony, the buses are scheduled to start running on Friday. Montgomery received a $1.75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration Low or No Emission Competitive program to purchase the vehicles and charging stations in 2017. Montgomery's Department of Transportation Director, Chris Conklin, said that federal funding accounts for around 50% of the necessary funds to purchase the…

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County Leaders Express Concerns Over MTA Proposal to Slash Bus, MARC Service

Local leaders from Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, and Anne Arundel County yesterday issued a joint statement to express concerns over a proposal from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to cut its bus and MARC train service amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr., Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, and Anne Arundel County…

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Howard Announces New Directors of Public Works, Finance Departments

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball last week announced Tom Meunier as the new Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) and Rafiu Ighile as the new Director of the Department of Finance. The appointments are effective on August 31st and September 7th, respectively. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Howard County’s DPW Director Jim Irvin and his wife, Finance Director Janet Irvin, in June announced their retirement after 75 years of collective public service. “Our Department…

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Maryland Public Service Commission Prohibits Utility Shut-Offs Through November 15

Today, the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) acted to prohibit residential utility service terminations through November 15. As the pandemic and resulting financial crisis continue, many remain concerned about an end to utility shut-off moratoriums. The governor's moratorium put in place by executive order is set to expire September 1. Today, after hearings on the impacts of COVID-19 on customers, the PSC decided to extend the statewide moratorium and prohibit service terminations. Under the ruling…

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St. Mary’s Approves Non-Public School Transportation Plan

The Commissioners of St. Mary's County this week approved the County's transportation plan for non-public school bus riders and their families. In 1941, St. Mary’s County enacted Public Law, Chapter 116-1, entitled “Bus Transportation,” to the St. Mary’s County Code. This law was established to ensure all children who attend schools in St. Mary’s County be entitled to transportation. The revised Parent/Student Handbook and Back to School Plan provides detailed information on the sanitization of…

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Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces Over $950k for Hazardous Materials Cleanup

Yesterday, Maryland's congressional delegation announced $953,854 in new federal funds for Maryland to invest in emergency preparedness plans, pipeline inspection and training for managing bulk transportation of petroleum products and other hazardous materials. $331,078 was awarded to Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). This funding comes from the 2020 Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant, through the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration. The grant program, established in 1990, was established to…

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Howard Receives $1.2 Million Federal Grant for New Buses and Automated Announcement System

Howard County this week was awarded grant funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to purchase three replacement transit vehicles and implement an automated bus stop announcement system on its fixed-route fleet. This project will improve service reliability while maintaining a state of good repair. Each new transit bus costs approximately $400,000 and the bus annunciator system costs approximately $260,000. The application for the grant was submitted via the Maryland Department of Transportation and the…

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