Bay Crossing Study Draft Environmental Statement Available for Review & Comment

The Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the ongoing Chesapeake Bay Crossing Study is now available for review and comment at baycrossingstudy.com through Monday, May 10, 2021. Originally scheduled for December, the release of the DEIS was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of the study is to consider two-mile-wide corridors to provide additional capacity and access across the Chesapeake Bay to improve mobility, travel reliability, and safety at the existing William…

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MACo on EV Parking Spots: No Green Paint

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin today submitted testimony to the House Environment and Transportation Committee to support HB 480 Vehicle Laws - Plug-In Electric Vehicles - Reserved Parking Spaces with amendments. This bill prohibit parking a vehicle in a space that provides access to a plug-in electric vehicle charging station, unless that vehicle is a plug-in electric drive vehicle. The bill, as drafted, also requires certain signage and green markings to mark spaces accordingly, and…

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Counties Seek to Increase Pedestrian Safety

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin yesterday submitted testimony to the Senate Finance Committee to support SB 387 - Intersection of State and Local Highways – Crosswalks and Curb Ramps. This bill would require the State Highway Administration to be responsible for installing and maintaining crosswalks and curb ramps at the intersections of State and local highways. From the MACo Testimony: Pedestrian safety is central to proper road planning. SB 387 incorporates best practices for this…

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Counties Support Restoration of Stable Highway User Revenue Funds

MACo Policy Associate Drew Jabin yesterday testified in support of SB 362 Transportation – Highway User Revenues – Revenue Distribution before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee. This bill provides a long-term restoration for the state-levied transportation revenues needed to support safety and maintenance work on local roads and bridges across Maryland. From the MACo Testimony: For decades, the State supported a balanced means to maintain its transportation infrastructure. The bulk of transportation revenues –…

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MACo Seeks Reasonable Waivers in Invasive/Non-Native Species Law

MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson testified on January 28 before the House Government and Operations Committee to support HB 92 Procurement – Invasive and Nonnative Plant Species – Prohibition on Use of State Funds with amendments. This bill prohibits state funds from being used to buy or plant nonnative species as designated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Mr. Sanderson urged a "reasonable" waiver process - raising concerns that a last-minute denial of certain…

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Fun Fact: Only Three Counties in Maryland No Longer Use Railroads. Do You Know Which Ones?

While steamboats have vanished, rail service lives on in all Maryland counties except Calvert, St. Mary’s, and Talbot. Maryland played an integral part in the creation of the railroad industry—the Baltimore & Ohio, the first intercity railroad in the Western Hemisphere, began in Baltimore in 1827. Before interstate highways, Bay Bridges and Tunnels, and motor vehicle transportation as we know it today, railroads were the way to travel between Maryland cities and towns. Baltimore City…

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County Leaders Show Support for Stronger Regional Transit System

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today expressed support for the Transit Safety and Investment Act. Sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman (HB 114) and Senator Cory McCray (SB 199), the Transit Safety and Investment Act legislation would provide the MTA with capital and operating funding to address a backlog of state of good repair needs, maintenance, and pressing issues…

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Fun Fact: Which Maryland County Has the Most Covered Bridges?

Pennsylvania beats Maryland in the category of most covered bridges by state, but Maryland and Frederick County have several bridges to boast about. Courtesy of Maryland Covered Bridges Only six remain in Maryland that are in continuous use. Coming in first place is Frederick County with a total of three, followed closely by Cecil County with two, and Harford/Baltimore Counties share third with one covered bridge. Discover all of Maryland’s covered bridges on a driving…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Highway User Revenues

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the impact of COVID-19 on Highway User Revenues. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a number of significant impacts on the revenues, expenditures, and operations of State transportation systems. Reduced travel by all modes of transportation is depleting revenues, and a reduction in demand has led to reduced service levels…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: 5G Wireless and “Small Cell” Siting

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the ongoing hot topic of "small cell" siting for fifth-generation (5G) wireless service - but note that the main decision-making has already taken place at the federal regulatory and judicial level. Wireless connectivity remains an important and growing part of the telecommunications infrastructure, and for relatively densely-built areas (mostly…

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