MDOT Sees Project Crunch if I-270 Private Funding Lost

The Maryland Department of Transportation has issued its assessment that statewide funds for road and transit projects will be short if the broad plans for I-270 and nearby beltway area don't receive the private funding initially anticipated. For years, Maryland has deliberated the Governor's proposal to introduce privatized toll lanes on Interstate 270 as a means to fund a congestion solution for that main artery and nearby portions of the Washington DC beltway. When the…

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New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies Webinar

Register to join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network for a live webinar discussing emerging transportation modes and services. New transportation technologies are coming online faster than ever. While many of these emerging technologies are helping to expand our world, they need to be evaluated critically. Join the Maryland Department of Planning and the Smart Growth Network at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 24, as Todd Litman discusses 12 emerging transportation modes and services that…

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New Treasury ARPA FAQ: Broadband Spending

The US Department of the Treasury today released a revised Frequently Asked Questions document that provides clarifications on key questions related to the broadband provisions of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds' Interim Final Rule. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Recovery Fund, authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act, is providing $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities. Today’s update…

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Montgomery Launches Vision Zero Speed Reduction Program “20 is Plenty”

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and County Council President Tom Hucker joined the County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) on Thursday, June 17, to launch the Vision Zero speed reduction program, “20 is Plenty,” in North Bethesda. According to a County press release, the program lowers speed limits to 20 miles per hour on targeted streets to promote safer roadways for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Maryland General Assembly, during the 2021 session, passed House Bill 562 sponsored…

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Understanding Eligible Uses of ARPA Funds: Water and Sewer Infrastructure

As counties determine how to invest their ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Association of Counties (NACo) is hosting a series of information sessions to examine the various eligible uses outlined in Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the program. NACo Webinar: Understanding Eligible Uses of the Fiscal Recovery Fund: Water and Sewer Infrastructure This webinar will focus on how counties…

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Baltimore County Partners with ParkMobile to Provide Contactless Payments

The Baltimore County Revenue Authority today announced a new partnership with ParkMobile, the leading provider of smart parking and mobility solutions in the U.S., to provide contactless parking payments. ParkMobile will be available at 1525 parking spaces throughout the County. As businesses resume normal operations in the coming months, contactless payments will provide residents and visitors with an easier and safer way to pay for parking without having to touch a meter. “We are always looking…

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$4 Billion Plan for Baltimore-area Projects Up for Public Comment

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, July 9 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination. The draft 2022-2025 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes $4.04 billion in proposed funding (federal, state, local, toll revenue) for highway, transit,…

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Baltimore County Launches Traffic Stop Dashboard

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has announced the release of a new interactive dashboard displaying data regarding local police traffic stops. The dashboard will allow users to view stop, search, and arrest trends over time, demographic statistics, and other related data. The new tool represents the latest measure from Baltimore County to increase transparency and accountability. The dashboard was created by the County's BCSTAT team and the Baltimore County Police Department to display the number…

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Montgomery DOT Wins National Tech Award for Customer Service Program

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) has earned a technology award from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) for its customer service program. CompTIA is a leading voice and advocate for the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals. Through education, training, certifications, and market research, CompTIA promotes industry growth and encourages opportunities and benefits made possible through technology. With the onset of the COVID-19 health crisis, MCDOT’s Sidewalk Program was immediately faced with…

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Feds to Double Contracts to Small, Disadvantaged Businesses

Yesterday, the Biden Administration announced several new actions aimed at narrowing the racial wealth gap including targeted infrastructure investments, efforts to reduce housing discrimination, and a pledge to purchase more goods and services from small, disadvantaged businesses. On the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Joe Biden announced that his Administration is doubling down on efforts to reduce the racial wealth gap. The federal government will use its procurement power to increase the…

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