MDOT meets with Calvert officials to discuss transportation priorities

PRINCE FREDERICK, MD (October 25, 2022) – Maryland Assistant Secretary of Transportation Earl Lewis and other Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials met with Calvert County officials to discuss MDOT’s six-year anniversary. Draft consolidated transportation program for fiscal year 2023-2028 (PTC). The CTP project provides a record investment of $19.9 billion over six years to replace and repair aging infrastructure, expand transit options, support Maryland’s economic recovery, and preserve and expand Maryland’s transportation network. ‘State.

The proposed TCO for fiscal year 2023-28 is almost $2.2 billion higher than the final TCO for fiscal year 2022-27. It is using $1.3 billion in additional funds under the federal bipartisan infrastructure investment formula. Jobs Act (IIJA) passed by Congress last fall, along with better post-pandemic revenue estimates and an increased share of state corporate tax revenue allocated to MDOT.

“This is Maryland’s largest six-year capital transportation budget,” said MDOT Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. “The CTP project makes a smart investment in Maryland’s future and uses a additional federal funding and other resources to create jobs, support the state economy, complete priority projects, and provide hundreds of millions of additional dollars in road user revenue to local jurisdictions.”

Each year, MDOT officials tour Maryland’s 23 counties and the city of Baltimore to educate local officials and the public about the CTP project and its investments in MDOT business units funded by the Transportation Trust Fund of State: Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), State Highway Administration (SHA), Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and the Secretary’s Office. At the Calvert County meeting, officials also discussed the Maryland Transportation Authority’s (MDTA) $2.6 billion in additional investments in the state’s toll roads and bridges.

The CTP project for the fiscal year 2023-2028 proposes to invest 35% of the budget over six years, or $6.9 billion, in the preservation of the system in order to obtain and maintain in good condition the national roads, bridges, public transportation, airports and the Port of Baltimore in Maryland. This investment is $800 million more than last year’s CTP program.

Assistant Secretary Lewis said the CTP project provides a dramatic increase in transportation and infrastructure funding for local governments through the state’s Highway User Revenue Program.

Following the bipartisan agreement that Governor Larry Hogan brokered with lawmakers during the 2022 Maryland General Assembly session, HUR funding for local jurisdictions will gradually increase from fiscal year 2024 through fiscal year 2027. Overall, jurisdictions will receive an anticipated 33% increase over the next six years to help advance transportation priorities and provide matching funds to capitalize on federal grants.

Assistant Secretary Lewis noted that the majority of federal funding flowing to Maryland through the IIJA was the state regular formula funding already allocated in the final CTP of fiscal year 2022-2027.

However, the proposed CTP program for the 2023-2028 fiscal year has $1.3 billion of “new” federal IIJA funding formula: $166 million for public transit, $178 million for airports and $966 million for highways. These allocations are based on the federal formula outlined in the IIJA by the federal government.

The assistant secretary said MDOT continues to work closely with federal partners on programming criteria for additional transit and highway projects. Some additional funds may be available to state and local jurisdictions through discretionary grants that are part of the IIJA and other longstanding federal grant programs. MDOT will continue to work with local jurisdictions when applying for available grants.

Assistant Secretary Lewis said the additional IIJA funding will contribute to the long-term state of good repair investments and fulfill Gov. Hogan’s commitment to advance at least one new priority project in every county and across the province. Baltimore city. For Calvert County, the CTP project for fiscal year 2023-2028 includes funding for the improvement of the MD 231 corridor in Prince Frederick. The project will improve safety and mobility at three locations – between Mason Road and Toye Lane, MD 508 (Adelina Road) and Skipjack Road/Sixes Road.

He said under Governor Hogan’s leadership, MDOT has accomplished a lot over the past eight years, including making improvements to make Maryland’s roads and bridges safer and less congested. In terms of bridges, the state repaired or replaced all 69 poorly rated spans identified in 2015. Today, MDOT has 26 poorly rated bridges—an all-time low—and all are under construction, under construction funding, or in design.

The assistant secretary also noted investments focused on new technologies and expanding Maryland’s labor market and economy, including:

  • converting MDTA to all-electronic tolling statewide;
  • infrastructure investments at the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, which have helped keep the state’s supply chain open and fluid during the pandemic, and
  • dramatic expansion of cargo operations at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. BWI now handles more air cargo than Reagan National and Dulles airports combined.

Regarding highways, SHA Administrator Tim Smith spoke about the agency’s work to maintain and expand the state’s highway system to meet current and future needs. He underscored SHA’s focus on core accessibility, mobility and asset management goals – ensuring the state’s road infrastructure is in good condition and using new technologies and innovative strategies. .

Administrator Smith also highlighted SHA’s ongoing collaboration and partnership with the county. This summer, SHA began improving intersections at MD 4 and Mount Harmony Road began. This project will help improve safety and access and relieve congestion along MD 4.

This fall, SHA is beginning safety upgrades and sidewalk resurfacing MD 261 (Bayside Road) from Chesapeake Village Boulevard to 1st Street in Chesapeake Beach. Additionally, SHA is working on upgrading the guardrails at MD 2 southbound from MD 262 at Cox Road and will begin other guardrail upgrades along MD 2 this fall and winter.

MDTA Reminds Customers to Pay Video Toll Bills: 36 Days to November 30 Deadline

MDTA Executive Director Will Pines provided an update on the $28 million Chesapeake Bay Tier 2 crossing study that Governor Hogan launched in June. The Tier 2 study is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and is expected to take four to five years. It will build on the findings of the Tier 1 study, which identified Corridor 7, the corridor containing the existing Bay Bridge, as the selected corridor alternative. MDTA recently held a series of open house events to inform residents and other stakeholders of the Tier 2 schedule and opportunities for feedback. More details are available at baycrossingstudy.com.

Those with unpaid video toll bills from bridges and toll roads in Maryland still have 36 days left in MDTA’s civil penalty waiver grace period, which began in February and runs until 11:59 p.m. November 30, 2022. The civil penalty is waived for each video toll. transaction paid in full during the grace period.

The agency also stopped returning unpaid toll bills to the Central Collection Unit (CCU) and MVA during the grace period. Beginning December 1, 2022, CCU and MVA referrals will resume, and customers will be responsible for the full amount of all unpaid tolls – plus civil penalties – that will be due based on the printed due dates. She said call volumes and wait times have been significantly reduced and customers can go to https://csc.driveezmd.com/pay-tolls-now or call 1-866-320-9995 for assistance.

MTA focuses on good condition, safety, reliability

MTA Local Transit Support Manager Travis Johnston discussed the agency’s investments and priorities across the state, including investments that ensure the transit system remains safe and reliable. Over the past three years, MTA has significantly reduced the backlog of projects needed to support system health, and MTA recently outlined a plan to reach 98% of those needs by 2031.

To improve passenger services, MTA now offers real-time updates through the Transit app on arrival times and other information for light rail, local buses, commuter buses, MARC and metro, and offers payment of mobile fares with CharmPass and CharmFlex 3- and 10-day Pass.

MTA is making a significant investment in transit in Calvert County by providing nearly $1.3 million in operating and capital grants to support local transit operations.

MVA’s Customer Connect makes more services available online

MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer told officials that MVA continues to operate by appointment only at its branches and serves more than 75% of branch customers within 15 minutes of their appointment. The agency also offers more online transactions than ever before. MVA’s Customer Connect system improves online transactions and gives customers a complete view of their status and history in one profile. Customers can access features through myMVA.

In May, Maryland became the second state to launch its Maryland Mobile ID in Apple Wallet. Maryland Mobile ID is a voluntary, secure, digitized version of a Maryland driver’s license or ID. It is available in the Apple Wallet or Apple Watch app.

“Administrator Nizer discussed the Hogan administration’s recent announcement of nearly $40,000 for Calvert County agencies to address traffic safety. She also updated MVA’s work to help Marylanders meet the federal REAL ID requirement before the May 3, 2023 deadline. Currently, 87% of Marylanders are REAL ID compliant.


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