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State Senator Rob Garagiola Meets with SMTA Board

April 13, 2011 | Author: John Fineran

Maryland State Senator Robert Garagiola, the chief sponsor of key transportation funding bills during the 2011 General Assembly Session, addressed the SMTA Board this week and reported back on the progress that was made this year in Annapolis, calling the overall result "a few steps forward and a few steps back."  Garagiola is also a member of Governor Martin O'Malley's Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding, and discussed with the SMTA Board the status and future direction of the Task Force.  Sen. Garagiola was instrumental in leading what proved to...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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MD Transportation Fund Takes Another $41 Million Hit

April 13, 2011 | Author:MoveMDweb

The Maryland General Assembly just concluded its 2011 session with more disappointing results.  Despite a strongly worded plea from the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding, urging them to provide $800 million more in dedicated transportation funds, the General Assembly took a big step in the WRONG direction, cutting the already depleted Transportation Trust Fund by another $41 million this year. This short-sighted action means many more months of continued high unemployment in Maryland's bleaguered construction industry, more potholes, worsening gridlock, and no hope of moving to construction in the near term on any major transit or road...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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ICC Tolls Go Into Effect

March 7, 2011 | Author: John Fineran

As of March 7th, the free ride on the ICC comes to an unfortunate end.  The new toll rates are included in this fact sheet from the Maryland Transportation Authority, the agency now operating the InterCounty Connector.  Also included is information on EZ-Pass, clearly something you'll want to do if you plan to use the ICC regularly. Much discussion has taken place in recent years about the pricing of the tolls, which is higher than many would like.  While the rates are higher than many older toll facilities that long-ago paid...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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City of Rockville Pulls Back on CCT

February 26, 2011 | Author:MoveMDweb

Last month, the Rockville City Council abruptly reversed itself on the Corridor Cities Transitway (CCT), asking the State of Maryland to re-route the CCT alignment away from King Farm, one of the major communities it was designed to serve.  The State is now in the final stages of identifying it's "Preferred Local Alternative" for the long-awaited transit line extending from Shady Grove Metro Station north to Clarksburg.  Supporters of the CCT are asking the State to continue with current plans and retain the alignment through King Farm, which was designed around the...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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ICC Now Open: 36,500 Vehicles Use it on First Day

February 25, 2011 | Author: John Fineran

After 56 years of study and debate, the first segment of the Inter County Connector (ICC) is now open and traffic on opening day exceeded expectations, with some 36,500 vehicles test-driving the first major new limited-access highway built in Montgomery County since 1967 on day one. The first completed segment of the ICC runs from I-370 near Shady Grove Road across Georgia Avenue, and ends at a temporary exit onto Norbeck Road just east of Georgia Avenue. When completed, the ICC will connect two of Maryland’s key employment corridors and...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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MD Blue Ribbon Commission Calls for $800 Million in New Funds

February 20, 2011 | Author:MoveMDweb

Task Force Issues Call to "Restore Trust" in Transportation Trust Fund This week Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley's Blue Ribbon Commission on Transportation Funding issued a strongly worded report to the Maryland General Assembly, highlighting the urgent need for additional funds.  View the full report here.  Included in the Appendices are several interesting charts and data tables, including one listing the nearly $1 billion that has been diverted from the Transportation Trust Fund and not paid back (mainly from the localities' Highway User Fund accounts), and a menu of options for legislators to...regional poll of 800 residents in Maryland, DC and Virginia support:

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