Montgomery Adding New Charging Infrastructure to Accelerate Bus Electrification

Montgomery County is ramping up its efforts to transition their transit fleet from diesel to electric by installing new charging infrastructure. This week the County signed a P3 with energy solutions firm AlphaStruxure to deploy an integrated microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project at the Brookville Bus Depot. The project is expected to help the County transition more than 40 transit buses to electric power, and is the next step toward the County's goal…

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Baltimore County Announces New Dept of Housing and Community Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today signed legislation creating the County’s first dedicated Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help ensure access to affordable housing, provide housing stability support, and develop stronger neighborhoods by providing community revitalization supports in a timely and efficient manner. Of the state’s largest jurisdictions, Baltimore County is the only one that does not currently operate a dedicated housing and community development department. The County’s new Department of Housing…

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Baltimore City Launches ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and City Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey today launched the 'Capture the Pothole Challenge' to smooth and improve city roadways. The challenge will encourage residents to photograph potholes for repair while helping to improve streets in Baltimore City neighborhoods. The city is asking for all Baltimore residents, visitors, and employees to report potholes to 311 or file an online service request for repair, where they are typically addressed within…

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Montgomery Aims to Restore Potomac River Ferry Service

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today announced that Montgomery County, in collaboration with Loudon County, Virginia, will study available options for resuming ferry service across the Potomac River. Ferry operations ceased last year in the wake of a Circuit Court opinion in a longstanding legal dispute over the use of private land for the ferry's Virginia landing site. Prior to closing, White’s Ferry transported approximately 600 to 800 vehicles per day across the river and…

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Prince George’s Ramps Up Litter Reduction and Cleanup Efforts

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has announced plans to tackle littering and illegal dumping in the county through new initiatives and community partnerships.  Between illegally placed advertisement signs in median strips to trash thrown from car windows, counties are grappling with litter issues. Last week during a press conference, Prince George's County rolled out a few new tactics. The County will appoint a "litter czar," and refer illegal dumping cases to the state’s attorney’s…

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2021 End of Session Wrap-Up: Transportation and Public Works

The segments below provide a brief overview of MACo's work in the area of transportation policy in the 2021 General Assembly.  MACo generally advocates for the appropriate state assistance with roadways and bridges across our local communities. Transportation is a shared function in Maryland, with state-maintained roadways (mainly numbered roads) and locally-maintained roadways interlocking throughout most areas. This year the Maryland General Assembly conducted a legislative session unlike any other due to the enduring COVID-19…

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Prince George’s Partners with BusPatrol to Improve School Bus Safety

Prince George's County recently announced a new partnership with BusPatrol to launch a school bus safety program in order to increase student safety as they travel to and from school. All of the 1,216 buses in the PGCPS fleet have been upgraded with safety technology from BusPatrol and its technology partners Zonar, Samsung and Transfinder at no cost to the school system or taxpayers. From the press release: The technology package includes cloud-connected stop-arm cameras…

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President Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden this week unveiled an ambitious, $2 trillion infrastructure proposal that aims to make massive investments in America's roadways, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports. "The American Jobs Plan will invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race," said President Biden in a press release. The plan includes $115 billion to address crumbling roads and bridges, chosen by those in most…

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Jason Mitchell to Lead Baltimore City Department of Public Works

Today, Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott announced the appointment of Jason Mitchell to serve as Director of the Baltimore City Department of Public Works. “Identifying committed, transformational leadership for the Department of Public Works has been a top priority since taking office. I am thrilled to welcome Jason Mitchell, a veteran public servant who cares deeply about building local governments that function better for our residents, to the City of Baltimore team,” said Mayor Brandon…

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Baltimore City Adopts First Complete Streets Manual

Baltimore City officials announced the City has adopted its first Complete Streets Manual, in order to ensure the city's infrastructure is planned, designed, and constructed to prioritize the safety, comfort, and convenience of residents and visitors. Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and Department of Transportation (BCDOT) Director Steve Sharkey announced the adoption of the Complete Streets Manual yesterday. In 2018, the City adopted its Complete Streets Ordinance to change Baltimore City’s transportation infrastructure by elevating…

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