Bruce W Gartner is the new executive secretary of MdTA, the Maryland state toller. In an announcement this morning MdTA chair and state secretary of transportation James T Smith says of Gartner who has been acting in the job since June: “He never hesitates to roll up his sleeces, put in long hours and get the job done.
2013-07-11: Acting chief of the Maryland (Toll) Authority (MdTA) Bruce Gartner says they now have the legal "teeth" needed to begin collecting tolls, fees and penalties owing by motorists who buzz through open road or dedicated E-Zpass toll lanes and ignore bills. The teeth come in the form of the power under HB420 to get the offender's vehicle registration suspended.
2013-06-27: Maryland officials are in full voice citing the success of Maryland's MD200 Inter County Connector (ICC) tollroad following release this week of before-&-after travel times studies. The tollroad in the northern part of the Washington DC metro area which opened November 2011 provides spectacular time-savings as compared with trips made before the construction, and its opening has benefited those remaining on local streets.
2013-06-05: Maryland toll rates are going up by a third July 1, in the second stage of a two-stage set of hikes approved by the MdTA board September 22, 2011. Tolls were previously raised November 1 2011, but before that had been frozen for over a decade. Maryland E-ZPass rates for the Baltimore Harbor Crossings (I-95 Fort McHenry Tunnel, I-895 Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and I-695 Francis Scott Key Bridge) will be $3.60 vs $2.70 now.
Maryland's chief state toll executive Harold Bartlett is retiring. It is his second time. He has been in and out of Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) twice now. He says he came out of retirement in September 2011 with two main aims - franchising redevelopment of the Kennedy Highway service plazas and getting legislation passed to support video toll collection.
Now he's accomplished these two he's retiring, he says, effective May 1.
Maryland brings law into line with video toll practice - notice of toll due first, citation when unpaid
Maryland's general assembly has passed HB420, a bill bringing state law into line with video toll practice. And it gives the state toll authority (Maryland Transportation Authority or MdTA) the power to adopt reciprocal agreements with other states to collect out-of-state video tolls. HB420 was supported by MdTA and the governor is expected to sign it into law. It would go into effect July 1.
Maryland's State Highway Administration has another small stage of the MD200, Intercounty Connector (ICC) tollroad well under way. And the project has got the attention of the Washington Post because of a few complaints about construction related traffic delays. An $89m contract with a Shirley, Clark, Facchina & Trumbull joint venture is extending the tollroad just 0.9 miles east of its present end at I-95 to US1 in Laurel.
2013-02-10: Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) is determined treat most of its new toll road patrons as reckless drivers who deserve to be pulled over by the cops and given $80 fines.
2013-01-16: A bill just introduced in the Maryland state Senate requires the Maryland (Toll) Transportation Authority (MdTA) to start the EIS process of studies, outreach, planning and permits needed for a new Chesapeake Bay bridge. The bill SB0093 is introduced by the Minority (Republican) Leader of the state Senate E J PIpkin and other eastern shore delegates.
Randy Brown deputy executive secretary of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) is retiring at the end of May, and will be replaced as #2 to executive secretary Harold Bartlett by Deborah Sharpless, currently chief financial officer of the Maryland toll agency. Brown has been with the state for 34 years - 22 years at the State Highway Administration, then 12 years at the toll authority.