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Date: 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 16, 2017

 

ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING STATIONS

NOW OPERATIONAL AT MARYLAND HOUSE

AND CHESAPEAKE HOUSE TRAVEL PLAZAS ON I-95

 

BALTIMORE, MD – Today, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and its travel plaza partner Areas USA were joined by Maryland Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis, Jr. in announcing electric vehicle charging stations are now operational at the Maryland House and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 in northeast Maryland.

“With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, this is great news for our customers traveling up and down the I-95 corridor,” said Deputy Secretary Lewis. “The charging stations are free to our customers, and you really can’t beat the convenience. You can grab a bite to eat inside the travel plaza while you’re waiting for your vehicle to charge.”

The Maryland House and Chesapeake House each have four universal charging stations plus one more station in a handicapped-accessible parking space.  The Maryland House has eight Tesla charging stations and the Chesapeake House has ten Tesla charging stations (only for use with Tesla vehicles). 

“The MDTA is proud to support Governor Larry Hogan’s continued commitment to the environment and energy conservation,” said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. “This is a win-win for our customers and for the environment.”

The Tesla charging stations were installed at no cost to the MDTA. The universal charging stations were provided thanks to the Electric Vehicle Institute and a grant from the Maryland Energy Administration. The stations at Maryland’s travel plazas join a growing list of more than 420 Supercharger Stations in North America.

“Since taking office, the Hogan Administration has invested $4 million to expand Maryland’s network of alternative fueling options like the electric vehicle chargers here at Maryland House,” stated Mary Beth Tung, Maryland Energy Administration Director.  “Expanding Maryland's network of electric vehicle chargers benefits our residents, businesses, and visitors, while also reducing our reliance on imported petroleum fuel.” 

The Maryland House Travel Plaza is off I-95 at mile marker 82, between Exit 80 (MD 543) and Exit 85 (MD 22). The Chesapeake House Travel Plaza is off I-95 at mile marker 97, between Exit 93 (MD 222) and Exit 100 (MD 272).

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 16, 2017

 

BUSY THANKSGIVING WEEK ANTICIPATED AT MARYLAND'S TOLL FACILITIES

Use I-95 Express Toll Lanes for reliable travel time

 

BALTIMORE, MD -- As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds motorists to travel during off-peak hours, stay alert and plan ahead to avoid travel delays. Based on traffic counts from previous years, Wednesday, Nov. 22, is expected to be the heaviest travel day, with many travelers also expected to hit the roads Tuesday, Nov. 21.

The MDTA anticipates a 1.5% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year's Thanksgiving holiday period. Between Tuesday, Nov. 21, and Sunday, Nov. 26, the MDTA expects more than 2.2 million travelers on its highways, bridges and tunnels:

  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95) - more than 915,000 vehicles.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - nearly 800,000 vehicles.
  • William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 530,000 vehicles.
  • 1.15 million vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge
  • (I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge (US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined.

All figures represent traffic volumes in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following tips to help motorists reach their destinations safely:

Travel during off-peak hours to avoid significant delays. For the I-95 corridor, off-peak hours include:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday -- before 6 a.m. and after 11 p.m.
  • Thursday through Sunday -- before 9 a.m. and after 9 p.m.

IT CAN WAIT. Designated safe zones for texts and calls include the Maryland and Chesapeake House travel plazas on I-95 and other rest areas across the State.

Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest: The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, seatbelt violators and criminal activity.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, to 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

Construction Reminders:

· I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel is underway. Current traffic pattern features no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder on northbound I-95. All lanes are open in both directions.

· I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues. Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Motorists should consider I-95 as an alternate route.

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

  • Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.
  • Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.
  • State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.
  • Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.
  • Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.
  • Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.
  • Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.
  • Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.
  • Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."
  • If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.
  • When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:
    • The location of the emergency;
    • A call-back telephone number; and
    • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 9, 2017

 

MDTA DEDICATES MD 22 BRIDGE OVER I-95 TO

HARFORD COUNTY CIVIL WAR VETERAN

Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton & Family Honored Today During Ceremony

 

HAVRE DE GRACE, MD - Today, the Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) joined elected officials, American Legion representatives, family members and others to dedicate the MD 22 bridge over I-95 to Civil War veteran Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton, Harford County's only Medal of Honor recipient.

"In a time when sacrifices are often forgotten, I am humbled by the opportunity to stand here today to honor a true American hero," said Maryland Transportation Deputy Secretary James F. Ports, Jr. "His charge into battle and the sacrifice that he made will be forever memorialized for all to see."

The dedication was held at Alfred B. Hilton Park in Havre de Grace, a site near where Sgt. Hilton lived on his father's farm. He was born in Harford County in 1842.

"Sgt. Hilton's story is a fascinating and shining example of Maryland's finest," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "What an honor it is to share his legacy and his story of bravery."

Sgt. Hilton enlisted in the U.S. Army during the American Civil War at 21-years old. He was assigned to Company H, 4th Regiment U.S. Colored Troops and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously after succumbing to injuries sustained at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm outside of Richmond, Va.

On September 29, 1864, Sgt. Hilton was a member of his unit's color guard carrying the American Flag into battle. When the regimental color bearer was wounded, he carried the regimental colors as well. Sgt. Hilton carried both flags until he was severely wounded. He is buried in Hampton, Va.

Sgt. Hilton is one of 16 African American Union Army soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for their service in the Civil War. The posthumous citation for his Medal of Honor reads: "When the regimental color fell, this soldier seized the color and carried it forward, together with the national standard until disabled at the enemy's inner line.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 7, 2017

 

MDTA HOSTS ONLINE MEETING FOR

CHESAPEAKE BAY CROSSING STUDY ON NOVEMBER 15

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is hosting an online meeting about the Chesapeake Bay Tier I NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) Crossing Study on Wednesday evening, November 15, between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. The purpose of the study is to identify the location of a new crossing and to explore potential financial options. The study is expected to be completed in late 2020.

The online meeting will include a presentation with an overview of the project, study area and proposed schedule. The MDTA is seeking public input on the project scope, purpose and need.

To join the online meeting on November 15 or to provide comment, individuals with Internet access may visit baycrossingstudy.com. They also may provide comment by email directly at info@baycrossingstudy.com. The presentation will remain on the website following the meeting for anyone to view at their convenience.

Individuals without Internet access may view the presentation at one of the following locations beginning at 7 p.m. on November 15. MDTA staff will be present to facilitate the meeting and to receive written comments.

  • Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department

450 Solomons Island Rd. S., Prince Frederick, MD 20678

  • Baltimore County Library, Essex Branch

1110 Eastern Blvd., Essex, MD 21221

  • Queen Anne's County Board of Education

202 Chesterfield Ave., Centreville, MD 21617

  • Eastern Shore Hospital Center

5262 Woods Rd., Cambridge, MD 21613

  • Kent County Community Center

11041 Worton Rd., Worton, MD 21678

  • Broadneck High School

1265 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409

Locations will be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Individuals who require auxiliary aids should contact the MDTA at 410-537-1000 (711 for MD Relay) by November 12.

Public input and comments are important to the MDTA and will be taken into consideration as the study develops. The initial comment period ends December 15, 2017. The MDTA will provide additional opportunities for public input throughout the study. For more information, call 410-537-1000.

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MDOT MVA Adds E-ZPass Maryland to Online, Kiosk Service Offerings

Customers Prompted to Register After Completing Online Transactions

 

GLEN BURNIE, MD (October 18, 2017) - The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) and the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) have joined forces to expand online services, providing customers with the ability to purchase an E-ZPass Maryland "On the Go" electronic-toll-collection transponder online through MDOT MVA.

"As part of Governor Hogan's customer service promise, our goal is to continually look for ways to make government resources and services as convenient as possible for our customers," said Maryland Secretary of Transportation and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

Customers using the MDOT MVA's online service to complete vehicle-related transactions - such as obtaining a duplicate title or registration, ordering a new license plate, renewing a registration, and requesting a VEIP extension, among others - will be offered the opportunity to add an E-ZPass Maryland "On the Go" transponder, which is only available for two-axle vehicles. Customers also may obtain a device directly from the MDOT MVA online store, online at ezpassmd.com, via an "On the Go" retail location, at an E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Center, or at an MDTA outreach event.

"The MDTA strives to provide excellent customer service," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "Teaming up with MDOT MVA gives us even more ways to reach potential E-ZPass Maryland customers effectively and conveniently and provide them with great options to save time and money at our toll facilities. It's a win-win."

MDOT MVA offers many additional online services, including renewing a driver's license or identification card, requesting a copy of a driving record, replacement plates and stickers, and changing an address. In fiscal year 2017, MDOT MVA processed more than 5.3 million online transactions, including more than 3.7 million vehicle-related transactions.

"We hope our customers will appreciate the convenience and efficiency of purchasing an E-ZPass through our website or at one of our kiosks at our branch offices," said MDOT MVA Administrator Chrissy Nizer. "We continue to look for innovative ways to offer other government services to our customers and deliver a premier customer service experience."

For more information about MDOT MVA's online services, visit www.mvaonline.md.gov or mdotonestopshop.maryland.gov.

For more information about E-ZPass Maryland, visit www.ezpassmd.com.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Oct. 13, 2017

  

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR JOB-SEEKERS AT

MDTA’S JOB FAIR & OPEN HOUSE ON OCT. 18

BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will host a Job Fair and Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.  The event will provide a unique opportunity for job-seekers to meet with employees who work in various fields and have insight into what the MDTA does daily to serve Maryland’s citizens and visitors. 

MDTA Job Fair and Open House

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fort McHenry Tunnel Maintenance Building

4000 Leland Avenue

Baltimore MD 21224.

Those attending may complete job applications and participate in on-site interviews for the Facility Maintenance Technician position.  Government-issued identification is required for an on-site interview.  Walk-ins are welcome.

The MDTA also is looking to hire individuals for the following positions:

  • Emergency Dispatcher;
  • Emergency Recovery Technician;
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance Technician;
  • Intelligent Transportation System Technician (electronics);
  • MDTA Police Cadet;
  • MDTA Police Recruit; and
  • Skilled Trade Specialist.

The MDTA is truly a bridge to opportunity, and its employees are excited to display all that it has to offer!

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 13, 2017

 

MDTA’S “GETTING YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR” EVENT FOR

MBE OUTREACH THIS SATURDAY

 

BALTIMORE, MD – On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will conduct its 20th “Getting Your Foot in the Door” quarterly outreach event.  Geared toward small, minority, women and veteran-owned businesses, this event is designed to assist companies with how to do business with both Federal and State government. 

“Getting Your Foot in the Door”

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

9 a.m. to Noon

MDTA Police Headquarters

4330 Broening Highway

Baltimore, MD 21222

At the last event in June, the MDTA showcased two businesses for their excellent job on achieving the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) goal and MBE performance on the Deck Rehabilitation and Joint Modification of Bridges on I-95 South of the Fort McHenry Tunnel Project.  This project was completed in 2016 with a successful 26 percent MBE goal achievement. 

During each event, staff provides information about procurement opportunities available at the MDTA, other Transportation Business Units and the State of Maryland.

The Sept. 16th event will focus on the various “secrets to success” when doing business with the State of Maryland, including how to navigate the eMaryland Marketplace website.  The Department of General Services will be on-hand to present this important information.

The event is FREE and light refreshments will be provided.  Space is limited so if you're interested, please sign up today by contacting the MDTA Outreach office at 410-537-5697 or mdtaoutreach@mdta.state.md.us.

Please note that this is the last outreach event of the year.  The next event will be held in March 2018. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 6, 2017

 

 

DONATE CANNED GOODS

DURING HUNGER ACTION MONTH

Donate non-perishable food items at

E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service 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 Customer Service 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 Kevin C. Reigrut. "As an independent public-service agency, the MDTA welcomes the opportunity to be part of Operation Orange, which unites Marylanders with the common purpose of helping our neighbors in need."

Through Sept. 30, employees will collect non-perishable items at E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers during regular business hours. Please visit ezpassmd.com for Customer Service 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.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 30, 2017

 

HEAVY LABOR DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC ANTICIPATED AT MDTA TOLL FACILITIES

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BALTIMORE, MD -- As summer comes to an unofficial close, the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) reminds the more than 1.8 million motorists anticipated to travel its facilities over the Labor Day holiday weekend to plan ahead; travel off-peak; and Drive Smart. Arrive Safe. This total represents a 1% increase in traffic volumes compared to last year.

MDTA officials anticipate the following number of vehicles to travel its toll facilities between Friday, Sept. 1, and Monday, Sept. 4:

  • William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial (Bay) Bridge (US 50/301) - more than 356,000.
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Highway (I-95) - more than 441,600.
  • Fort McHenry Tunnel (I-95, I-395) - more than 465,200.

An additional 561,000 vehicles are projected to travel the Francis Scott Key Bridge

(I-695), the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel (I-895), the Thomas J. Hatem Memorial Bridge

(US 40) and the Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge (US 301) combined. All totals represent traffic in both directions.

The MDTA offers the following travel tips for this holiday weekend:

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

  • Thursday - before 10 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Friday - before 7 a.m. and after 9 p.m.
  • Saturday - before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m.
  • Sunday - before 8 a.m. and after midnight
  • Labor Day Monday - before 10 a.m. and after midnight

· Avoid the Flock!

  • For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/TheMDTA. To view real-time traffic camera images on MDTA roadways, visit mdta.maryland.gov. 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.
  • Get there faster with E-ZPass! Visit ezpassmd.com to enroll on-line and for a list of E-ZPass "On the Go" retail locations.

· Need to rest or fuel up? Stop by the Maryland or Chesapeake House travel plazas along I-95 in northeast Maryland.

· Consider the Intercounty Connector (ICC)/MD 200 and I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) in Baltimore during your holiday travels. Visit mdta.maryland.gov for toll rates.

Keeping traffic moving as safely and efficiently as possible is the MDTA's priority. The MDTA Police will remain vigilant and target aggressive and impaired 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. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.

The MDTA Police and Vehicle Recovery Units will have additional patrols on duty to respond quickly to incidents and disabled vehicles during the holiday weekend. In addition, the MDTA will lift construction-related temporary lane closures at its facilities from 5 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1, to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Construction Reminders:

· I-95 improvement project north of the Fort McHenry Tunnel is underway. Current traffic pattern features no left shoulder and only a small right shoulder on northbound I-95. All lanes are open in both directions.

· I-895 Patapsco River Flats bridge deck and superstructure replacement continues. Current traffic pattern features two-way traffic (one adjacent lane in each direction) 24/7 on I-895 across the Patapsco Flats bridge near Baltimore/Washington Parkway. Motorists should consider I-95 as an alternate route.

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

· Devote your full attention to driving - it is illegal to text and use hand-held cell phones while driving in Maryland.

· Buckle Up! Every Seat. Every Time.

· State law requires vehicles to move over when approaching an emergency vehicle or tow truck using visual signals. If you are unable to move over, slow down.

· Obey posted speed limits and overhead lane-control signals.

· Avoid changing lanes while traveling over bridges and through tunnels.

· Headlights are required at all times on the Bay Bridge.

· Keep your eyes on the road - do not sight-see.

· Do not tailgate - keep a safe following distance.

· Make sure your vehicle is "road ready."

· If your vehicle becomes disabled, remain inside and call #77 for assistance.

· When contacting a dispatch center, motorists should be prepared to provide:

  • The location of the emergency;
  • A call-back telephone number; and
  • Details of the incident/disabled vehicle or other circumstances.

The E-ZPass Maryland Customer Service Centers will be closed on Monday, Sept. 4. Visit ezpassmd.com or use the automated system at 1-888-321-6824.

For real-time updates on major incidents follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TheMDTA.

The MDTA thanks motorists for partnering with us. Stay Alert So No One Gets Hurt!

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 16, 2017

 

MARYLAND TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY SAVES

$210 MILLION THROUGH BOND REFINANCING

 

Credit Rating Agencies Reaffirm MDTA's Ratings

BALTIMORE, MD - The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will save $210 million in debt service over the next 24 years as part of a recent refunding and partial cash payoff of outstanding bonds. Lower annual debt payments allow the MDTA to invest more money in infrastructure needs across Maryland's toll facilities. Over the next six years, the MDTA's capital program totals $2.6 billion.

"Since the MDTA is self-sufficient and does not receive General Fund or Transportation Trust Fund dollars, this $210 million in savings will go directly back into Maryland's toll facilities," said Maryland Department of Transportation Secretary and MDTA Chairman Pete K. Rahn.

In 2007, the MDTA issued $300 million in bonds backed by toll revenues while constructing the Intercounty Connector and the I-95 Express Toll Lanes. In July 2017, the MDTA held a competitive sale to refund these bonds. Refunding bonds is similar to refinancing a home mortgage and allows the borrower to take advantage of current interest rates to lower costs. The refunding lowered the MDTA's true interest cost from 4.64% to 3.06%.

Prior to the sale, the three major credit rating agencies reaffirmed the MDTA's credit ratings at AA- from Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor's and Aa3 by Moody's Investors Service. Both Moody's and Fitch have upgraded the MDTA's outlook from Stable to Positive within the last year.

"The savings produced as part of this creative and forward thinking transaction is a great example of how the MDTA takes seriously its responsibility to be good financial stewards of toll dollars," said MDTA Executive Director Kevin C. Reigrut. "As an agency fully funded by toll revenues, the MDTA uses a balanced approach between today's toll rates and long-term needs.

In addition, during the last two years, the MDTA has returned more than $50 million annually to drivers through toll rate and fee reductions and has fully funded the new $769 million US 301 Governor Harry W. Nice Memorial Bridge project. The Nice Bridge project also saved MDTA $200 million in toll dollars through practical design.

 

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