Metro Agrees $50 Million Community Solar Deal

Yesterday, The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) announced a deal with the private sector to install solar panels at four metro stops across D.C. and Prince George's County. The combined project will be the largest community solar project in the National Capital Area. Metro will lease space to SunPower Corporation and Goldman Sachs Renewable Power to install solar arrays in return for $50 million over 25 years. The projects will come at no cost…

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Federal Grants to Help State Fight Drug-Impaired Driving

The  Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) has awarded nearly $45,000 in grants to the Maryland Department of Transportation's Motor Vehicle Association. The grant funds will be used to reduce drug-impaired driving primarily by training state law enforcement to better recognize and respond to the signs of drug-impaired driving. WTOP reports: The MVA will use the grant to train officers in the use of toxicology equipment and software, and offer courses for qualifying officers to become…

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Frederick Announces New TransIT Director

Frederick County announced the promotion and appointment of Roman Steichen as the Transportation Services Division Director. Unanimously confirmed by the Frederick County Council, Steichen had been serving as Acting Director since February when former Director Nancy Norris retired. Steichen came to Frederick County TransIT in 2018 as Deputy Director. In that role, he oversaw contract management, grant and budget administration, and professional staff. He also served as the chief safety officer, ensuring the division met all…

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Howard Introduces Electric School Bus Pilot Program, Supports Environmental Commitment
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Howard Introduces Electric School Bus Pilot Program, Supports Environmental Commitment

Howard County Public School System is introducing two electric buses in a pilot program supported by a grant from the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and in partnership with bus contractor MBG Enterprises and BGE. The two zero emissions vehicle (ZEV) school buses and charging stations will replace current diesel powered vehicles in Howard County. The $812,377 pilot grant is supported by an MDE grant as well as funds from project partners MBG Enterprises, an…

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Frosh Urges Trump to Withdraw Controversial Executive Order

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh is leading a coalition of Attorneys General in calling on President Trump to withdraw his controversial executive order designed to streamline infrastructure projects. Executive Order 13927 instructs federal agencies to use their emergency authority to quickly approve transportation and infrastructure projects while sidestepping many different environmental review processes outlined in landmark federal legislation such as the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act…

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California Passes First Ever Clean Trucks Rule

Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board adopted a rule requiring all trucks sold in the state to be zero-emission by 2045. California has issued the world's first clean truck rule that will require manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. By 2045 all truck sales in the state will have to be zero-emission. California estimates that trucks account for 70 percent of smog-causing pollution despite accounting for…

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Cecil DPW Manager Elected Chair of State Soil Conservation Committee

Cecil County Department of Public Works (DPW) Chief of the Stormwater Management Van Funk has been elected to serve as Chair of the State Soil Conservation Committee. The State Soil Conservation Committee provides guidance to the Maryland Department of Agriculture on issues such as soil conservation and water quality policy. The Committee is made up of members from various state departments and regional representatives. The Committee’s upcoming meeting is open to the public and will…

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U.S. House Dems Unveil $1.5 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

U.S. House Democrats today introduced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan that calls for a massive increase in federal funding to repair roads, bridges, and schools while expanding broadband access in rural areas. The bill, known as the Moving Forward Act, dedicates $300 billion to build and fix roads and bridges, $100 billion for low-income schools, and $100 billion for transit projects -- but offers no details on how the programs will be paid for. The…

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Queen Anne’s Commissioners Join Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group

Queen Anne's County Commissioners Jim Moran and Steve Wilson will serve on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Reconstruction Advisory Group was established by a bill passed during the 2020 General Assembly Session. The group is tasked with informing the Maryland transportation Authority (MTA) regarding citizen opinions of bay bridge operations, as well as traffic and customer service issues. The group will also work to educate the public on bridge…

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MDOT MVA to Reopen More Branches

Starting June 22, Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) will reopen five more branches to the public, but continue to operate as appointment only. This will push the total branches open to 22, as the other 17 branches opened June 8. Face coverings are required for all employees and customers, and social distancing markers have been installed around the offices. Still in place is Governor Larry Hogan's executive order authorizing an extension…

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