Maryland's department of legislative services recently wrote starkly that MdTA (the state toll authority) "violates current law and regulations requirements for toll violations process." As a result the state Motor Vehicle Administration had ceased suspending the registration of toll deadbeats at the request of the toll authority.
Maryland's state toll authority (MdTA) has run into strong resistance to its move to award a 35 year concession to redevelop and operate its two service plazas on the I-95 Kennedy tollroad to Areas USA. HMSHost the incumbent concessionaire says loudly that its offer was superior to Areas USA and has gone to court to prevent its rivals getting the new concession.
And so far at least HMSHost is winning the battle.
Maryland toll authority to sign 35 year $180m/$198m PV concession on I-95 Kennedy Hwy service plazasBy Peter Samuel on January 26, 2012
The board of directors of Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) operator of the I-95 Kennedy Highway Toll Road has approved signing of a 35 year concession on its two service plazas. The selected concessionaire Areas USA is a local subsidiary of a large established international company Grupo Areas SA head-officed in Barcelona Spain with major food concessions in 70 airports and 160 other toll and travel service plazas mostly in Europe and Latin America.
There's a new old chief of tolls in Maryland. Harold M Bartlett is returning as chief executive of the Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA), the state's operator of eight toll facilities that collect $325m/year in tolls.
MdTA Maryland's state toll authority is moving to replace the 3,500ft, 1.1km long Canton Viaduct, a mid-1950s elevated roadway that carries 2x2 lanes of MD/I-895 over port facilities. It hoists traffic over 19 port railroad lines, truck parking areas, several local streets, and a couple of ramps of MD/I-95.
Harry Blauvelt, a wellknown sports reporter died last Monday around 10:30am on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay Bridge (CBB). He was traveling in a single eastbound lane on the older southern 2-lane span, the second lane being closed for maintenance. Blauvelt's car broke down and he stopped in the roadway - there is no shoulder. He got out of his car, which moments later was hit by a following flatbed truck driven by 63-year old Enos Sage.
Ron Freeland executive secretary of the Maryland (Toll) Transportation Authority (MdTA) for nearly the past four years is joining the engineering firm TY Lin as mid-Atlantic director. Freeland, a quietly spoken man seems to have a talent for defusing conflict and remaining amazingly uncontroversial (and a bore for reporters) during controversies.
At the same time some interesting projects have moved forward in Freeland's period in charge - major ones being the Inter County Connector tollroad in Montgomery County north of DC, and toll lanes on I-95 north of Baltimore.
Transportation governance in the Washington DC metro area suffers from a serious surfeit of Bassos, Peter and Jack, identical twins, each of them bald guys wearing a perpetually happy smile, age mid-50s.
Maryland's Intercounty Connector (ICC or MD200) in the northern suburbs of Washington DC metro area will manage free flow with tolls that could vary between 10c/mile and 35c/mile (6c/km to 22c/km) for cars.