Health, Sci-Tech

MDOT announces masks now optional at BWI Marshall Airport, on MTA Transit Systems

HANOVER, MD—The Transportation Security Administration has rescinded the security directives requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs that were scheduled to take effect on Tuesday. Effective immediately, masks are now optional in the terminal and on flights arriving and departing from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Masks also are now optional on all Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland …


Politics

Councilman Marks recommends appointment of Mathew Doty to Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Councilman David Marks on Thursday announced that he will be recommending Mathew Doty, a longtime educator and Perry Hall resident, to serve as the Fifth District representative on the Baltimore County Pedestrian and Bicycle Committee. The committee reviews transportation policies and programs to sure that pedestrians and bicyclists can move safely throughout our communities. Councilman Marks sponsored the legislation …


Governor Hogan announces bipartisan agreement to boost transportation, infrastructure funding for local governments

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has announced a bipartisan agreement to increase transportation and infrastructure funding for local governments to advance priority projects. The governor made the announcement while hosting a reception for the Maryland Mayors Association at Government House. “Since taking office, our administration has been committed to directing more transportation funding to the local level, and this agreement ensures …

Governor Hogan announces new cargo record for BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) set a new annual record for cargo operations in 2021, with more than 618.8 million pounds of cargo transported—an increase of 4% compared to 2020. In 2021, BWI’s cargo operations accounted for more than 55% of the total air cargo flown through the region’s three major …

Amtrak service temporarily suspended in Maryland due to Aberdeen freight derailment

BALTIMORE, MD—Amtrak has temporarily suspended service in the northeast corridor due to a derailment. On Saturday morning, the company announced that due to a Norfolk Southern freight derailment near Aberdeen, Amtrak service will be temporarily suspended between New York and Washington, D.C. Officials say crews are working to repair the track and service will be restored as quickly as possible. …

MDTA names new Acting Executive Director

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Transportation Authority Board this week named William Pines, PE, PMP, CCM as Acting Executive Director of the 1,800-employee agency that oversees the state’s eight toll facilities and the DriveEzMD Maryland system, effective immediately. Pines has served as Chief Operating Officer of the MDTA since 2020. He also previously served as MDTA’s Chief Engineer from 2019 to 2020. …

Baltimore County government offices to be closed for Christmas holiday

TOWSON, MD—In recognition of the Christmas holiday, Baltimore County government offices, including Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites, CountyRide van service, and all branches of the Baltimore County Public Library, will be closed on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th and on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25th. Towson Loop service and Baltimore County parking meters …

Baltimore County government offices to be closed for Thanksgiving holiday

TOWSON, MD—In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, Baltimore County government offices, including Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites, will be closed on Thursday, November 25th. Additionally, Towson Loop service and CountyRide van service will not operate and all branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be will be closed. County parking meters are …