Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis at #MACoCon

Marylanders are starting to think about the future and how to expand options for getting around. Congestion is a huge problem in Maryland, but what should be done to move forward? Join MACo's Winter Conference session, Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis, to hear more about possibilities of the future. Details follow: Title: Contemplating Our Congestion Crisis Description: Everyone can agree that there is an issue with traffic congestion in Maryland. With new plans and projects being…

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Hogan’s Transportation Plans Not Supported by Montgomery Officials

While Hogan's proposal to widen the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 was meant to benefit Montgomery County residents, top officials are still not convinced. Both proposed plans include widening the beltway at some point along the I-270 spur, but the consensus is out on exactly where. Two years ago, Hogan backed a partnership where a private sector firm would build and maintain four new lanes and the existing lanes on I-495 and I-270 in exchange…

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No More Deaths: Vision Zero and the Mission for Roadway Safety

Roadway safety is an important topic for all Marylanders. Join us at this year's MACo Winter Conference to learn about what plans and tools are being used to guide Maryland towards the goal of zero vehicle-related deaths on the roadway by the year 2030. Here are more details: Title: No More Deaths: Vision Zero and Maryland's Mission for Roadway Safety Description: From Mountain Maryland to the Eastern Shore, from expressways to comfortable conduits, safety on…

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Transportation Commission to Meet June 13

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Maryland Transportation Funding is scheduled to meet on June 13 from 2 pm to 5 pm in Rooms 1 and 2 of the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis.  Based on comments from the prior May 10  meeting, the Commission will discuss value capture, public- private partnerships, and investment pricing.  However, the meeting agenda is not available on the website at this time. It is anticipated that the next meeting…

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Sun Editorial: Gas Tax Better Than Other Revenue Alternatives

A Baltimore Sun opinion piece reacts to recent comments by legislators in opposition to increasing the gas tax and argues that the gas tax is the best approach when considering other revenue alternatives. What's maddening about lawmakers and their kneejerk reaction to the 10-cent tax is that the alternatives for reviving the depleted trust fund are even less appealing. Raise fees? Already been done. Car registration and titling? Ditto. The corporate tax has already been…

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Transportation Funding “Still in Crisis”

In an opinion piece for Center Maryland, Don Fry, President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, writes that Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund still faces a significant funding shortfall and that there is no consensus among political leaders to address it. The START coalition, which includes more than 60 organizations and businesses from across Maryland, is seeking three basic things from lawmakers – increase revenue for transportation infrastructure by at least $500 million per year,…

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Opinions of Transportation Funding Initiatives Vary

As previously reported, the Governor is seeking support from the business community for increased transportation funding.  However, opinions vary as to whether such initiatives should be enacted, and if they are, when the discussion should take place, during a special session this fall, or during the 2012 General Assembly session. From an opinion piece in the Annapolis Capital: We can't endorse a gas tax increase. It would be a regressive measure putting the same extra…

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Governor O’Malley Seeks Business Community Support for Increased Transportation Funding

During the Maryland Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting, Governor O'Malley asked the membership to support increased funding for transportation infrastructure.  The Governor's comments were very similar to those given during a round table discussion that was held last week. As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal: O'Malley stressed the importance of investing more state money in roads and transit projects, but he also emphasized that the solution will have to be more diverse than simply…

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End of Session Update: Transportation and Public Works

A previous post provided the status of various employee benefit and relation bills that MACo took a position on. Now that the dust has settled, this post provides the final status of these bills. Unauthorized Signs on Highway Rights-of-Way:  HB 289/SB 410 would authorize removal of improperly placed signs on highway rights-of-way by state or local authorities, and authorize a civil action to recover costs of their removal or disposal.  MACo supported the bill because…

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“Last Day” Issues Wrap Up

As reported yesterday by MACo, a number of issues with county effect remained in play prior to the midnight deadline for the General Assembly session.  Below is an overview of how each of those bills ultimately played out: Maintenance of Effort – As reported yesterday, three bills were awaiting  final action. MACo supported HB 44 and SB 53 as a legislative initiative, to expand and balance the process for considering county MOE waiver requests —and…

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