Thanks to Our Partners and Participants for a Successful Walktober and Walk Maryland Day 2020
Planning in Progress
On Wednesday, October 7th, Marylanders throughout the State celebrated the 6th annual Walk Maryland Day. The weather was perfect, and the celebration was a huge success thanks to all the Walk Leaders, Sole Mates, and Sole-O walkers who took time out of their day to go for a walk.
Assessing How The COVID-19 Pandemic is Affecting Traffic, Transit Service, and People’s Travel Patterns
Resources and Tools
by Bihui Xu, AICP, Lead Transportation Planner,with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
As Maryland navigates through sheltering in place, reopening, pausing, and slowly reopening, we have seen traffic on major highways drop dramatically in March and April, bounce back in May and June, and stay largely flat July through today. In the meantime, although not shut down, public transit has been scaled back in most places and continues to struggle to attract riders; similarly BWI’s passenger traffic is still more than 80% below its normal level.
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
In last month’s edition of Planning Practice Monthly we told you about Maryland’s first ever WALKTOBER, a month during which the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other partnering agencies will promote and host events and webinars spotlighting Maryland pedestrians’ safety, health, and commuting options in a variety of walk programs and initiatives, including Walk Maryland Day.
by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner and Nate Evans, Multimodal Transportation Planner, Maryland Department of Transportation
In the January edition of Planning Practice Monthly, we reported on $7.6 million in new funding issued by Governor Hogan for the Maryland Bikeways program. As part of its FY21 outreach efforts for the program, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) hosted a webinar on February 25th. If you were unable to participate in the webinar, or wish to review the information presented, it can now be viewed onlineand the presentation slides can be found on MDOT’s website. Continue reading →
Presented by Eddie Lukemire, Energy and Sustainability Program Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) – The Secretary’s Office
At the Planning Director’s Roundtable on September 20, Eddie Lukemire of MDOT spoke about his department’s Renewable Energy Master Contract. This tool simplifies and streamlines the contractual process by using a master Request for Proposals (RFP), with currently certified six solar energy contractors. Subsequent MDOT task orders are issued to the contractors based on geography or transit mode. A scope of work is written to allow an array of projects that a contractor might propose to complement other projects. For example, if a contractor is installing solar panels in a park and ride lot and sees the potential for adding electric vehicle charging stations, the master contract can accommodate the project.Continue reading →