$250M Agreement Reached to Settle All Purple Line Claims and Terminate Litigation
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$250M Agreement Reached to Settle All Purple Line Claims and Terminate Litigation

The State of Maryland and its partners - Meridiam, Star America, and Flour - today announced they have reached a $250 million agreement that settles all outstanding financials and terminates the current litigation regarding the Purple Line project. While the agreement is pending review by the Maryland Board of Public Works (BPW), the parties have agreed to put all pending claims and litigation on hold. As a part of the settlement agreement, Purple Line Transit…

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Montgomery Council Approves Growth and Infrastructure Policy, Ends Building Moratorium

Yesterday, the Montgomery County Council approved the 2020-2024 Growth and Infrastructure Policy, formerly known as the Subdivision Staging Policy to support necessary infrastructure and new development. The policy ends the County's residential building moratorium at the end of this year, and incorporates several smart growth actions. Included in the policy are changes related to schools, transportation and taxes. The Council voted to eliminate the countywide development moratorium and replace it with a three-tiered Utilization Premium…

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Feds Award Port Infrastructure Grant to Sparrows Point
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Feds Award Port Infrastructure Grant to Sparrows Point

The United States Department of Transportation announced the award of $9.8 million to Sparrows Point in Baltimore City for modernization and rehabilitation. In all, over $220 million in grant funding for 18 projects in 16 states and territories were awarded to improve facilities through the Maritime Administration's Port Infrastructure Development Program. Eight of the 18 projects, including Baltimore's Sparrows Point, are located in Opportunity Zones. From NACo's coverage: Established under the FY 2010 National Defense Authorization…

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Montgomery Issues RFI for Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program

Montgomery County has issued a Request for Information to obtain input on establishing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Group Buy Program. The EV Group Buy Program would harness the power of volume purchasing and reduce the cost to residents of buying or leaving an Electric Vehicle. The County issued a Request for Information to obtain input from individuals and organizations who have experience relevant to EV Group Buy programs and those with more general experience and knowledge surrounding electric vehicles. In…

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Prince George’s Launches On-Demand Rideshare Service

The Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is launching “Prince George’s Link," a flexible, on-demand microtransit service. The pilot service will run for six months in the Ft. Washington area and may become part of DPW&T's regular service. Like other rideshare services, “Prince George’s Link” uses a smartphone app for riders to schedule customized trips. A small, neighborhood-friendly bus will pick riders up and drop them off anywhere within the defined…

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County Ballot Questions: Here’s What We Know

Across Maryland, voters considered a number of ballot questions concerning county governance and structure. Here, Conduit Street provides the latest results for each county-specific ballot question. Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Dorchester, Garrett, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties did not present voters with any county-specific ballot questions. Vote totals and percentages in this article are based on unofficial results of the Maryland State Board of Elections as of Thursday, November 5,…

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Feds Award MDOT Grants, Projects in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Allegany

The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) has been awarded over $4 million in federal grants for projects in Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Allegany County.  Over $4 million in grants has been awarded to MDOT MTA to be used to improve the safety and reliability of Maryland's transit network and enhance mobility options for transit riders locally and statewide. From the press release: “I appreciate the Federal Transit Administration selecting these…

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Montgomery Offers Free Transportation Options for Early Voters and on Election Day

In order to promote civic engagement, Montgomery County is offering free transportation for residents who choose to cast their votes at ballot drop boxes or in-person during the early voting period and on Election Day. According to a press release: The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) will allow two hours of free parking in the urban areas of Downtown Silver Spring and Downtown Rockville at specific garages if drivers display their “I Voted” stickers…

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Montgomery Continues to Expand ‘Shared Streets’ Program

Last week, Montgomery County added new areas to their 'Shared Streets' program that makes roadways more friendly to pedestrians and cyclists. The County announced that parts of Woodland Drive will be designated as “Temporary Neighborhood Greenways,” which means vehicle traffic will be limited to primarily local traffic. This strategy supports local businesses by making it easier for foot traffic to reach dining and shopping. With the new additions on Woodland Drive the program now has…

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Carroll Approves Airport Runway Expansion Project

Carroll County Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to begin the first phase of the Carroll County Regional Airport's $80 million runway expansion project. The Westminster airport's new runway is planned to be expanded by 400 feet in order to ease the way for aircraft carrying heavier loads to land more safely in adverse conditions. In order to complete the project, a section of Meadow Branch Road will be relocated to west of its current location…

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