Bay Bridge Traffic Already Building, Queen Anne’s Ready With Contingency Plans

This Summer local leaders in Queen Anne's County are anticipating a need to use strong measures to keep residents safe and traffic flowing. Seasonal beach traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge has long created gridlock during the Summer months, generating delays for commuters, visitors, and critically import emergency first responders. Popular navigation apps divert travelers off of U.S. Route 50 and onto side roads to avoid traffic. The large increase in volume on smaller roads…

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May 19 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its May 19, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Anne Arundel A request to certify matching funds and enter into grant agreements for grants totaling $100,000 to the Board of Directors of Anne Arundel Lodge, Inc. for the acquisition, planning, design, construction, repair, renovation, reconstruction, site improvement, and capital equipping…

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Prince George’s Executive, Council Reject Maglev Proposal

The Prince George’s County Council yesterday signed on to a Joint Letter with County Executive Angela Alsobrooks urging state and federal officials to reject the Baltimore-Washington Superconducting Maglev (SCMAGLEV) Project. The SCMAGLEV (superconducting magnetic levitation) Project, is a proposed high-speed rail line between Baltimore, Maryland, and Washington, DC, with an intermediate stop at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. Backers of the project eventually hope to shuttle passengers between D.C. and New York in just one hour.…

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Fitch Assigns ‘AA’ Rating to WMATA Dedicated Revenue Bonds, Outlook Negative

Fitch Ratings this week assigned a 'AA' rating to up to $874 million of dedicated capital revenue bonds, series 2021A (green bonds - climate bond certified), to be issued by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, DC (WMATA). The rating outlook is negative. WMATA provides transit services (Metrobus, Metrorail, and MetroAccess paratransit) in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, the District of Columbia, and several cities and counties in northern Virginia. WMATA was created in 1967…

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Harford County Wins Award for Fleet Operation

Harford County’s fleet operations unit has been named one of "The 100 Best Fleets" by the National Association of Fleet Management. Harford ranked 42nd and ensured that Maryland was represented in the top 100. Fleet operation units were judged on their use of technology, performance, collaboration, service turnaround time and accountability. Harford County’s fleet operations unit is responsible for more than 1,000 pieces of equipment, including sheriff’s vehicles, public works trucks, and more. For the…

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Montgomery Adding New Charging Infrastructure to Accelerate Bus Electrification

Montgomery County is ramping up its efforts to transition their transit fleet from diesel to electric by installing new charging infrastructure. This week the County signed a P3 with energy solutions firm AlphaStruxure to deploy an integrated microgrid and electric bus charging infrastructure project at the Brookville Bus Depot. The project is expected to help the County transition more than 40 transit buses to electric power, and is the next step toward the County's goal…

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Baltimore County Announces New Dept of Housing and Community Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today signed legislation creating the County’s first dedicated Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to help ensure access to affordable housing, provide housing stability support, and develop stronger neighborhoods by providing community revitalization supports in a timely and efficient manner. Of the state’s largest jurisdictions, Baltimore County is the only one that does not currently operate a dedicated housing and community development department. The County’s new Department of Housing…

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Baltimore City Launches ‘Capture the Pothole Challenge’

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and City Department of Transportation Director Steve Sharkey today launched the 'Capture the Pothole Challenge' to smooth and improve city roadways. The challenge will encourage residents to photograph potholes for repair while helping to improve streets in Baltimore City neighborhoods. The city is asking for all Baltimore residents, visitors, and employees to report potholes to 311 or file an online service request for repair, where they are typically addressed within…

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Montgomery Aims to Restore Potomac River Ferry Service

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich today announced that Montgomery County, in collaboration with Loudon County, Virginia, will study available options for resuming ferry service across the Potomac River. Ferry operations ceased last year in the wake of a Circuit Court opinion in a longstanding legal dispute over the use of private land for the ferry's Virginia landing site. Prior to closing, White’s Ferry transported approximately 600 to 800 vehicles per day across the river and…

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Prince George’s Ramps Up Litter Reduction and Cleanup Efforts

Prince George's County Executive Angela Alsobrooks has announced plans to tackle littering and illegal dumping in the county through new initiatives and community partnerships.  Between illegally placed advertisement signs in median strips to trash thrown from car windows, counties are grappling with litter issues. Last week during a press conference, Prince George's County rolled out a few new tactics. The County will appoint a "litter czar," and refer illegal dumping cases to the state’s attorney’s…

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