Maryland Department of Transportation Re-establishes Rail Safety Program

From Our Partners

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently re-established the rail safety Maryland Operation Lifesaver program.

Operation Lifesaver, which this year celebrates the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1972, is a non-profit public safety education and awareness organization dedicated to reducing collisions, fatalities, and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings, as well as preventing trespassing on or near railroad tracks.

A new Maryland Operation Lifesaver Coordinator, Stacey Beckett, manages rail safety outreach and education throughout the State of Maryland and is an integral part of helping to #STOPTrackTragedies.

Click below to learn more and sign up as a volunteer to help spread the rail safety message!

Maryland Department of Planning to Host 3rd Annual Walktober “Walkinars”

Planning in Progress

The Walktober Walkinar series, sponsored by the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning, will help planners, local officials, pedestrian advocates, and the public at large learn how to advocate for safe walking infrastructure.

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Maryland Planning Commissioners Association Partners with Walktober Program for 39th Annual Conference

MPCA Corner

by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

This October, the Maryland Planning Commissioners Association (MPCA) is partnering with Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) in support of Maryland’s Third Annual WALKTOBER – a month-long celebration and educational event surrounding all-things-walking-related – with tie-ins to our 39th Annual Conference.

Together, with help from local, state, and national partners, Walktober offers in-person and virtual events across Maryland will spotlight pedestrian safety, health, and infrastructure issues, as well as new programs and initiatives that encourage walking and support walkability.

The theme of MPCA’s 2022 annual conference is “Planning for Challenges on the Horizon” with sessions covering topics related to how planning commissions and boards can collaborate with planning staff, elected officials, and other stakeholders to address and prepare the challenges facing our communities, such as climate change, hazard mitigation planning, infrastructure planning, post pandemic recovery, and more.

MPCA is doing its part to address the challenges of walkability and pedestrian planning at the planning commission/board level. We are looking forward to a number of exciting sessions and activities, including:

  • A keynote presentation by Eli Glazier, Multimodal Transportation Planner Coordinator with the Montgomery County Planning Department, on the developing the county’s first Pedestrian Master Plan
  • A tour of Frederick’s City’s renowned (and very walkable) downtown along Carroll Creek
  • Participation by sponsors such as MDOT’s Commuter Choice Program at our upcoming conference on October 25-26.

Photo: Eli Glazier, Montgomery Co. Planning Dept.

Throughout Walktober, MDOT and its partners will share information and resources, including a series of free webinars, or Walkinars – hosted by the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) – that are open to all.

October 5th is Walk Maryland Day, an event-filled day designed to encourage all Marylanders to step outside and enjoy walking or some other form of physical activity. As in previous years, Marylanders can register as a Walk Leader or to join a walk as a participating Sole Mate to celebrate Walk Maryland Day.

To register or learn more about MPCA’s 39th Annual Conference, click on the links above or contact Joe Griffiths, Local Assistance and Training Manager at joseph.griffiths@maryland.gov. And be sure to enjoy more coverage about this year’s Walkinar topics, presenters, and Walk Maryland Day options in this edition of Planning Practice Monthly.

Walktober 2022 is Nearly Here…Just a Jog-trot Around the Corner!

From Our Partners

by Brittany Brothers, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner

Walking is an activity that’s part of daily life for many Marylanders and is recognized as a healthy transportation choice. In fact, walking is Maryland’s official state exercise!

But with issues of pedestrian safety and access, many communities recognize that walking, and improving the walkability of our neighborhoods, requires both public attention and public action.

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The Maryland Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (NEVI)

In Case You Missed It! 

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced this month that it has submitted the Maryland Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Plan (NEVI) to the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. 

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