Take MDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Traffic Data Survey!

Planning in Progress

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is examining ways pedestrian and bicycle traffic data are collected across the state – currently done in a variety of methods and used to evaluate project effectiveness, variations in overall volumes, and crash data analyses.   

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Update: Maryland Bikeways & Related Bicycle/Pedestrian Programs — Grants Information and Upcoming Deadlines

Planning in Progress

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 online and the presentation slides can be found on MDOT’s website. Continue reading

MDOT does Renewable Energy too: Renewable Energy Master Contract Program

Planning in Progress

by Dan Rosen

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

MDOT Delivers with County Transportation Profile Dashboard

Resources and Tools

by Scott Hansen

“What can the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) do for you?” was the question posed by Meredith Hill, Innovative Planning and Performance Division Chief at the September Planning Directors Roundtable. Continue reading

An Integrated Look at Automated Vehicles

Resources and Tools

Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies are rapidly moving from research to reality. Many vehicles already have automated driving systems (ADS) designed to help save lives and prevent injuries, and this technology may lead soon to self-driving vehicles on the road.

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is preparing for these rapid changes in CAV technology by engaging with federal, state, and local organizations – and the private sector – to realize the life-saving benefits of CAV technology. MDOT recognizes the safety, mobility, and efficiency benefits of ADS, and is embracing opportunities of collaboration for research, testing and eventual deployment. Continue reading