Montgomery Receives Approval for New Vision Zero Tool

The Montgomery County Planning Department received approval to fund and launch the Predictive Safety Analysis project in the current fiscal year. This project seeks to prevent serious injury or fatal crashes at locations without a recent history of crashes, but share similar features to areas where fatal/serious crashes have occurred. From Montgomery Planning: The Predictive Safety Analysis tool will use statistical analysis to allow planners and county agencies to target resources to receive the most…

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MDE Hosting Public Engagement Meetings on Draft Climate Change Plan

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is hosting a series of public engagement meetings and webinars to provide residents with the opportunity to learn about and provide input on its draft climate change plan. The draft plan outlines what the State and local governments will need to do to reduce in-state greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from their 2006 levels by 2030 and prepare for further reductions in the future. Counties or other interested…

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Trump Administration Announces Big Changes to Environmental Rules

Thursday morning President Trump announced new rollbacks to decades-old environmental regulations that require impact assessments for large public works projects such as pipelines, major roads, and water infrastructure. The move could have a strong effect on the number of projects approved. The environmental changes will apply directly to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which the Trump administration believes is unduly decelerating the rate at which large projects are approved. "Project sponsors and ordinary Americans…

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Cashless Tolling for Bay Bridge Before Summer

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced a timeline for full-time all-electronic (cashless) tolling at the Bay Bridge by Summer 2020. Beginning Sunday, January 12, some toll lanes will permanently close in order to be dismantled. Remnants of the toll plaza will remain in place until final demolition in 2022. From MDTA's press release: “We know motorists who use the Bay Bridge are ready to embrace all-electronic tolling,” said MDTA Executive Director Jim Ports. “This past…

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Hogan Appoints New Member to MDTA Board
Cynthia Penny-Ardinger (photo courtesy of MDTA)
Hogan Appoints New Member to MDTA Board

Governor Larry Hogan has appointed attorney and Certified Public Accountant Cynthia Penny-Ardinger as the newest member of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Board. The Maryland Transportation Authority finances, owns, and operates Maryland's eight toll facilities. Board members, appointed by the governor with the consent of the State Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body. Ms. Penny-Ardinger, a resident of Howard County, will replace board member Peter J. Basso, who has completed his term…

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$3.8M Committed for Bikeways Network Program

Governor Larry Hogan announced that $3.8 million will be made available for each of the next two years for the Bikeways Network Program. Administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), the Bikeways Network Program provides funding for bikeways throughout Maryland. From Eye on Annapolis: The bikeways program provides funding to jurisdictions and organizations for projects that support the goals of the Maryland Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan. The program helps improve connections to transit, work,…

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Montgomery DOT Wins Award for Region’s First “Protected Intersection”

Montgomery County’s Department of Transportation (MCDOT) and engineering firm Stantec have earned an American Council of Engineering Companies of Metropolitan Washington (ACEC/MW) award for constructing the first “protected intersection” in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The intersection, positioned in downtown Silver Spring, increases the separation between vehicles, pedestrians, and those riding bicycles/scooters -- better protecting them as stated in the goals of County’s Vision Zero initiative. “We are constantly working on programs and designs that will make…

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Transportation Grants Announced for Eastern Shore

Nearly one million dollars in transportation grants were just announced, impacting many counties on the Eastern Shore. Shore Transit received an $850,000 grant and Delmarva Community Services received almost a quarter of a million dollars in the form of a public transportation grant. From WMDT's coverage: “We use Shore Transit every day here. The majority of the residents to come through these doors, they don’t have their own transportation,” says Joyce Cottman, the Executive Director…

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New Report on Transportation and Health Equity

Smart Growth America conducted a field scan that identified six areas representing the most pressing systemic challenges to health equity facing our transportation system in the United States. Transportation can impact health in major ways, both positively and negatively. The 2019 Smart Growth America field scan report deep dives into each of the six biggest challenges to health equity facing transportation, the tools to address these problems, and the necessity of all stakeholders working together…

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