B’more County to Begin Electrifying County Vehicles

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently issued an order to electrify county vehicles. Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced an Executive Order requiring all new and replacement passenger vehicles for the county’s fleet to be hybrid or electric vehicles. This was in line with the county's continued efforts to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions. According to the press release: “We recognize our obligation to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable…

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Port of Baltimore Sees Smooth Sailing in National Logjam

As the nation's ports are clogged with backlogs, the Port of Baltimore is operating smoothly and attracting new ships.  Nationally cargo ports, such as the Port of Los Angeles, are experiencing significant backlogs. On both coasts and in the gulf ships are being forced to stay anchored offshore for days or weeks. Cargo that has been unloaded often has nowhere to be stored as warehouses are full. This has greatly impacted the operations of local…

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Winter #MACoCon Details Are Here – View the Registration Brochure!

MACo’s Winter Conference, “Time to Reboot: Tomorrow’s Tech Today,” on Dec 8-10, 2021, will bring together more than 600 leaders in the private and public sectors to discuss how to prepare for the changes on the horizon in Maryland.  View the Registration Brochure to see the full schedule, along with session titles and descriptions. Topics to be discussed include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Cannabis Broadband Social Media 2022 General Assembly Opioids Post-Pandemic Workplace Highway User Revenue…

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New Tunnel Hopes Pinned on Infrastructure Bill

 Amtrak and Maryland plan to use funding from a federal infrastructure bill to pay for a new B&P Tunnel.  Amtrak and the state of Maryland have decided to jointly apply for federal funding to replace the aging Baltimore & Potomac Tunnel. But first Congress would need to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill currently being negotiated. The tunnel is one of the biggest rail bottlenecks between DC & New Jersey, and last year required $71…

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Montgomery Publishes Design Guide for Improving Street Accessibility

Montgomery County has recently released a guide to facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) recently releases a first-of-its-kind design guide titled Planning and Designing Streets to be Safer and More Accessible for People with Vision Disabilities. The guide will facilitate accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision by outlining optimized strategies for public engagement, staff training, and improved pedestrian walkway design.…

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Baltimore County launches Towson Loop

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced the launch of the county's first free public transit service, the Transit Loop.  In a move to relieve the crowded streets of Towson and fulfill a promise made during the campaign, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski recently announced the start of the Towson Loop. The loop is a free mass public transit bus network meant to provide transit service to Towson's core destinations and main attractions. According to…

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Harford Transit LINK Named Maryland’s 2021 Outstanding Transit System

Harford County's Transit Link has received the prestigious recognition as Maryland’s 2021 Outstanding Transit System. Harford County’s public bus service has been named Maryland’s top transit system for the third time in five years. Harford Transit LINK received the 2021 Outstanding Transit System Award from the Transportation Association of Maryland in September. County Executive Glassman said in the press release: “I am proud of our team for constantly improving our public transportation system and making…

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Maryland Smart Energy Communities FY22 Applications Now Open

The Maryland Smart Energy Communities (MSEC) program is now open and accepting applications for the more than $1.03 million available in Fiscal Year 2022. Existing MSEC communities and first-time applicants are encouraged to apply for the MSEC program administered by the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). Funding may be used for energy efficiency, renewable energy and transportation projects. The deadline for submitting applications is November 12, 2021. From MEA: Now in its 10th year, the MSEC…

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Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s Want Bigger Bay Bridge

Officials from both Anne Arundel and Queen Anne’s County are calling for a larger Bay Bridge as intense traffic becomes a regular issue.  In response to a growing need for congestion relief on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, both Anne Arundel County Council and Queen Anne’s County Council recently passed matching resolutions. These resolutions call for the state to upgrade the current bridge to one continuous structure with eight lanes. "'As the lead sponsor of the…

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Montgomery Extends Free Fares for Ride On Buses Through Jan. 1

In response to ‘Fare Equity Study’ Recommendations, Montgomery County Executive announces the Free Fares for Ride On Buses through the rest of 2021.  Montgomery County's Ride On buses instituted the "fare holiday" as a wider county response to Covid 19. The policy was meant to help low-income families economically impacted by the pandemic. After the release of the “Fare Equity Study”, conducted by the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), County Executive Elrich proposed extending this…

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