Expanded Move Over Law Takes Effect Saturday

October has been declared as Move Over Awareness Month in recognition of an expanded law taking effect on Saturday to protect all road users. The expanded Move Over Law (SB147) requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching any vehicle that is stopped or parked and displaying hazard warning lights, road flares, or other caution signs. The expanded law is in place to protect law enforcement, emergency responders, and any motorist who may encounter…

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Charles Names Martin Harris as New DPW Director

Charles County recently appointed Martin Harris as the next director of the Department of Public Works. Charles County Administrator Mark Belton announces the appointment of Martin Harris as the director of the Department of Public Works. Harris will begin his employment with Charles County Government on Monday, Oct. 3. Harris is a strategic government leader with more than 25 years of state and local government management experience within the field of public works and transportation.…

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Amtrak Set to Have Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2045

Amtrak has recently set a public goal of having Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2045.  Amtrak, America's largest passenger rail provider, has recently announced that they are set to achieve Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2045. The rail company joins an ever-growing cadre of organizations pledging to meet ambitious pollution reduction goals by the middle of the century. For Amtrak, this will be a particularly large lift, as much of their rail fleet…

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EPA Awards Maryland $144M for Water Infrastructure

Maryland to receive $144 million from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for water infrastructure.  Maryland is set to receive roughly $144 million from the EPA to help Maryland redevelop many segments of the state's aging water infrastructure. The first $76 million will be open to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) almost immediately, and the remaining $68 million will open up sometime in FY 2023. According to the Baltimore Banner, the first $76 million…

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US DOT Announces $160M for Transportation Technology Projects

The US Department of Transportation announced that it is accepting applications for two programs that will make approximately $160 million available annually for the next five years for projects that use technology to improve transportation infrastructure and make communities safer. SMART Grant Program The Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program, made possible by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will offer up to $100 million in grants annually over the next five years and fund…

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Feds Approve $63M to Expand EV Charging in Maryland

Last week the US Department of Transportation approved Maryland's Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Plan, unlocking $63 million in funding.  Late last week, officials from the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved 34 state plans to expand the nation's network of electric vehicle (EVs) charging stations. The move will see Maryland receive $63 million through FY2026, with $9 million set to be released in FY 2022. The development of a national network of EV charging stations…

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California to Phase Out Electric Vehicles – What Really Changes?

Late last month, California officials announced that no new gas could be sold in the state by 2035. The real impacts of the new policy are limited.  California has been in the headlines for the past month after a late August announcement banning the sale of all internal combustion engine cars by 2035. Policy wonks and pundits reacted in a mix of reviews, some saying this is a necessary step to fight climate change while…

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Marylanders Aid Mississippi in Safe Drinking Water Effort

Due to recent historic rainfall, Jackson, Mississippi requested aid in order to provide residents with safe drinking water, and Marylanders stepped up to help. Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works sent a water plant operator, electrician, mechanical supervisor, and instrumentation technician to help establish a consistent supply of safe drinking water for Jackson residents. Additionally, WSSC Water, which serves Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, sent water professionals as well. Maryland's mutual aid response is…

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State Awards More Than $13 Million in Highway Safety Grants

Governor Larry Hogan announced more than $13 million in federal and state highway safety grants as part of a statewide focus to prevent motor vehicle crashes and eliminate roadway fatalities. The state funds were disbursed at the start of the fiscal year. The he Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office will distribute the federal funds on October 1. Several counties are part of more than 90 organizations, agencies, and…

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Montgomery Planning Creates Innovative Pedestrian Prioritization Tool

Montgomery Planning has created a tool that can help prioritize locations for pedestrian infrastructure improvements. Montgomery Planning is developing Montgomery County’s first Pedestrian Master Plan to make walking and rolling safer, more comfortable, more convenient, and more accessible for all pedestrians. To guide the creation of the plan’s nearly 100 draft recommendations, Montgomery Planning collected data on existing conditions throughout the county and on pedestrian perspectives about how safe, convenient, and accessible it is to walk and…

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