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Dividing the pie: Maryland lawmakers take on transportation project selection

By Mary Ebeling The Maryland legislature on April 8, 2016 overrode a gubernatorial veto in order to pass a transportation project scoring bill that will rank and ultimately help select major capital projects. The legislation and new ranking system is similar to Virginia’s Smart Scale, which

With trend towards road tolling, demand forecasting critical

By Mary Ebeling The first leg of Maryland’s Intercounty Connector—known locally as the ICC and envisioned as a multimodal transportation corridor—winds 18.8 miles between I-270/I-370 in Montgomery County and U.S. 1 in Prince George’s County. Supporters sold the project as one that

Virginia drops retail fuel tax; states struggle with transportation funding

By Robbie Webber When Governor Bob McDonnell signed HB 2313 into law, Virginia became the first state to completely eliminate the retail fuel gas tax. It will be replaced by a 3.5 percent wholesale tax on gasoline, a 6 percent tax on diesel, an increase in the cost to title a car, a $100 fee for

SSTI’s scenario analysis tool unveiled; will allow DOTs to better engage with land use authorities

By Bill Holloway Transportation agencies traditionally have to chase land use development, spending scarce funds to provide new roadway capacity, when better land-use patterns could have greatly reduced travel demand. SSTI’s new scenario analysis tool, developed for DelDOT, provides a way for

CT paper cites PlanMaryland as good example

The Hartford Courant would like to see Connecticut adopt some of the smart growth policies that are in the new Maryland plan before it is too late. They see the update of the 1990s Maryland planning process as coming just in time. “As reported in The Atlantic Magazine, land development in

Dimming the lights without diminishing safety

In a pilot project, the Maryland Highway Administration is investigating whether fewer highway lights can be used without compromising safety.