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Date: Nov 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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