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Date: Sep 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2016

 

DONATE CANNED GOODS

DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH

Donate non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers through Sept. 30

 

BALTIMORE, MD - Join the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) in donating your time and resources to feed the hungry. MDTA employees are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers for the Maryland Food Bank during its Operation Orange Canned Food Drive.

"We are proud to be involved with this meaningful campaign to help bring attention to a growing crisis in our state," said MDTA Executive Director Milt Chaffee. "As a public-service agency, the MDTA welcomes the opportunity to be part of Operation Orange, which unites Marylanders with the common purpose of helping others."

Through Sept. 30, employees will collect non-perishable items at E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers during regular business hours. Please visit ezpassmd.com for Stop-in Center locations and hours. You also may bring your donations to the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 facility at 13201 Konterra Drive in Laurel from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The items most needed are: canned meat, ham, tuna and chicken; peanut butter; nuts and seeds; canned or dried beans; oatmeal; breakfast cereal; rice; pasta; canned or dried fruits; canned vegetables; canned soup; evaporated milk; powdered milk; and infant formula.

Customers also may use the Maryland Food Bank's virtual food drive to donate online at fooddrive.mdfoodbank.org. Virtual food drives are accessible through Sept. 30.

Follow the MDTA at mdta.maryland.gov, twitter.com/TheMDTA and facebook.com/TheMDTA. For more on the Maryland Day to Serve program, which runs Sept. 10 through Oct. 10, visit daytoserve.org/Maryland.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 9, 2016

                       

GOVERNOR HOGAN APPOINTS NEW MEMBER TO

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY


BALTIMORE, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed financial planner Katherine Bays Armstrong of Howard County to serve as the newest Board Member of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA).  Ms. Armstrong was appointed on Sept. 1, 2016.

“I am confident Ms. Armstrong’s financial, business and community background will be an asset to an already-strong and diverse MDTA governing body,” said MDTA Chairman and Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

A Certified Financial Planner of Heritage Financial Consultants, LLC, Ms. Armstrong previously served as Vice President of Investment and Wealth Management for Mercantile-Safe Deposit & Trust Co. (now PNC).  She also served as a faculty member for The Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Towson University and Notre Dame University of Maryland from 1978 – 2013 and has published numerous articles related to financial planning.

Ms. Armstrong received her master’s degree in Economics from Loyola University and previously served on the boards of numerous non-profits, including Network 2000, Junior League of Baltimore, Howard Community College Educational Foundation and Maryland Women in Philanthropy.  She twice received the Junior League President’s Award for outstanding contributions to the Baltimore community and was named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record in 1997, 2005 and 2007.

“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to working with this well-respected organization and talented team,” said Ms. Armstrong.

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) finances, owns and operates the state’s eight toll facilities.  The MDTA’s Board Members, appointed by the Governor with consent of the state Senate, serve as the agency’s policy-setting and governing body.  Maryland's Secretary of Transportation serves as MDTA Chairman.

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For Immediate Release:

September 1, 2016

 

Heavy Labor Day Weekend Traffic Anticipated on Maryland's Highways & Toll Facilities

Motorists Urged to Plan for a Safe & Sober Ride;

Travel Off-Peak at the Bay Bridge

 

As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for increased traffic on Maryland's highways and toll facilities this Labor Day holiday weekend. MDOT reminds motorists that having a plan for a safe and sober ride home can be the difference between life and death.

"More than 170 people are killed every year on Maryland's roads by drunk and drugged drivers," said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "Every one of those deaths was preventable, and each victim was a family member or friend who is not alive today because of someone else's stupidity."

MDOT's Highway Safety Office offers the following tips for a safe Labor Day weekend:

· Download Maryland's smartphone app known as ENDUI (pronounced END-DUI) for free from the iTunes store or the Google Play store. With key features such as creating a designated driver list or instantly locating the nearest taxi service or public transportation, ENDUI makes it easier than ever to prevent impaired driving.

· Designate a safe and sober driver before the party begins.

· If you don't have a designated driver, plan to call a cab or a ride share, use public transportation or have a sober friend or family member drive you.

· Never let friends drive if they have had too much alcohol to drink.

· For information on MDOT's Toward Zero Deaths campaign, visit towardzerodeathsmd.com.

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest: The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police will remain vigilant and target impaired and aggressive drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity. Additional MDTA Police patrols will be on the lookout for impaired drivers at Maryland toll facilities throughout the holiday weekend.

Plan ahead, travel off-peak and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe: The MDTA anticipates more than 1.8 million motorists will travel its toll facilities over the holiday weekend. This total represents a one percent increase in traffic volumes compared to last year. More than 353,000 motorists are expected to travel the Bay Bridge alone.

Travel off-peak when heading to and from the Eastern Shore. The best times to travel the Bay Bridge this holiday weekend include:

  • Thursday - after 6 p.m.
  • Friday - before 10 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 7 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Sunday/Monday - before 10 a.m. and after midnight.

The E-ZPass Maryland Stop-in Centers and Customer Service Center will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824. Additionally, MDOT's Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will close all offices on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Monday, Sept. 5. All full-service Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) stations also will close. Seven of MVA's nine self-service VEIP kiosks will remain open and are available 24/7. The Owings Mills and Baltimore City kiosks will both be closed on Monday due to parking lot resurfacing. For more information about online MVA transactions, please click here.

The MDTA and Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) will lift non-emergency and construction-related lane closures on state highways from Friday, Sept. 2, to Tuesday, Sept. 6. MDTA courtesy patrols and SHA highway response technicians will be deployed to assist disabled vehicles, help clear debris from the roadway and work to open lanes as soon as possible after a crash.

For your SAFETY and the SAFETY of other motorists and emergency personnel:

  • In the event of a property damage crash, Move It - move vehicles onto a shoulder to exchange information.
  • Look up, Look out and stay alert for pedestrians and cyclists, especially during school arrival and dismissal times.
  • Move Over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Always Wear Your Seat Belt: Seat belts are your best defense in a crash. Being properly secured keeps you in control of your vehicle and ready to react to a hazardous situation. Buckle up ... that includes your children and other passengers in front and rear seats.
  • Know Before You Go and use 5-1-1 or log onto md511.org for travel conditions throughout the State. Maryland's 5-1-1 System features a "Reach the Beach" Prompt. From a hands-free mobile device, call 5-1-1 and say "Reach the Beach" for travel conditions from the Bay Bridge and points east to the ocean resorts.
  • For real-time updates on major incidents, follow the MDTA on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Call 1-877-BAYSPAN (229-7726) for 24/7 Bay Bridge traffic conditions. Visit baybridge.com to view traffic cameras and to sign up for email alerts.

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