MDTA: All-Electronic Tolling System Launches May 12

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) announced that the Bay Bridge's full-time all-electric tolling system will launch on Tuesday, May 12. The new permanent all-electric tolling system will include three highway-speed traffic lanes that tie into the two existing lanes on the eastbound bridge and the one westbound two-way lane. Workers currently are completing the software installation and testing of the newly installed overhead tolling gantry. As reported in MDTA's press release, the tolls will now…

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U.S. Goods Trade Deficit Worsens Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Census Bureau and the US Bureau of Economic Analysis today announced that the goods and services deficit was $44.4 billion in March, up $4.6 billion from $39.8 billion in February. March exports were $187.7 billion, $20.0 billion less than February exports. March imports were $232.2 billion, $15.4 billion less than February imports. The March increase in the goods and services deficit reflected an increase in the goods deficit of $4.6 billion to $65.6…

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Feds Award Maryland Airports Over $4.4 million

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today announced a combined more than $4.4 million in airport safety and infrastructure grants to Maryland airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)  will be providing $1.187 billion to airports across the country to make safety and efficiency upgrades through various projects. Three Maryland airports will receive a combined $4,440,099 through Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funds that allow FAA…

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Delaware Introduces Legislation Authorizing Work with MTA for MARC Expansion

The Maryland General Assembly passed legislation requiring the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) to negotiate with Virginia and Delaware to extend MARC train services, now Delaware is considering the partner legislation. Maryland's HB 1236 - Transit - Maryland Area Regional Commuter Train - Expansion of Service, made it's way through the General Assembly and is now waiting for Governor Hogan's signature. The bill would require MTA to reach written agreements to extend MARC train services to…

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Montgomery Extends Transportation Options for Essential Workers

Montgomery County's Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with Capital Bikeshares and Lyft Electric Scooters, are offering free membership to essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. These memberships would provide unlimited free rides for trips under 30 minutes for essential workers and Capital Bikeshare will continue to provide $1 single trip fares for all essential travel for all riders. From Montgomery County's press release: The temporary programs are designed to support workers in the healthcare…

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Chicago to Require EV Charge Capability for New Buildings

Certain new buildings in Chicago will now have to be electric vehicle (EV) charge ready. Chicago has passed an ordinance that requires all new construction with 30 or more parking spaces or 5 or more units to have 20 percent of their parking spaces EV charge ready. According to a press release from the City, by 2040, 55% of new car sales will be EV. Retrofitting parking areas with EV charging infrastructure is significantly more…

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EPA Awards $240k to Allegany and Frederick For New School Buses

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded Allegany and Frederick Counties a combined $240,000 to replace older school buses. EPA has awarded Frederick County $200,000 and Allegany County $40,000 to purchase newer model year school buses. The rebates come from EPA’s Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding that will help replace 12 buses. The program awards rebates up to $20,000 per bus to replace model years 2006 and older with newer vehicles that emit…

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Board of Public Works Approves Water Quality Infrastructure Funding

The Board of Public Works has approved funding for several water infrastructure upgrades across nine jurisdictions. During its video conference meeting yesterday the Board of Public Works approved several funding allocations from state sources such as the Water Quality State Revolving Loan Fund, the Mining Remediation Program, the Energy Water Infrastructure Program and the Bay Restoration Fund. The approvals total over $70 million dollars and will go to projects such as upgrades to wastewater treatment…

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Blue Water Baltimore Releases 2020 Water Quality Report Card

Yesterday, in celebration of Earth Day Blue Water Baltimore released its Water Quality Report Card for 2020.  Blue Water Baltimore has issued its Water Quality Report Card for 2020 that scores the health of waterways in the Baltimore region. Blue Water Baltimore has been conducting extensive data collection on the region's waterways since 2013, giving them enough data to conduct analysis on 7-10 years worth of water quality trends. Blue Water Baltimore scores water quality…

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Major Issues and More: Report Reviews 2020 Legislative Session

The Department of Legislative Services' (abbreviated) annual synopsis of the General Assembly’s time in Annapolis provides an update on the budget, education, transportation, and health issues addressed in laws that passed – and didn’t pass – in the 2020 Session. Traditionally, after the conclusion of the annual legislative session, the Department of Legislative Services would produce what has become known as the 90 Day Report. This year, for the first time in since the Civil…

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