Transportation officials say big things are coming in 2014. 

Due to revenue from the state’s gas tax increases, the State Highway Administration was able to green-light several projects that had been on hold for lack of funding. 

“There is a lot of good stuff coming up,” spokesman Charlie Gischlar said, adding that gas tax funds have “allowed us to move a lot of projects forward, not only in Frederick County, but throughout the state.”

One of the state’s biggest undertakings in the county, the U.S. 15/Monocacy Boulevard interchange, will be in the engineering stage until 2015. The $82 million project is funded for construction after that, however.

In Frederick, the SHA is expected to wrap up the Motter Avenue bridge replacement project, totaling $14 million, in the fall. The agency will also build a new park and ride at Md. 75 and I-70 in late summer.

A streetscape project on Md.144 in New Market is likely to break ground in the fall. That project aims to improve drainage in the area, refurbish the road surface and improve sidewalks. It will also add signs, lighting and other landscaping features.

Myersville could see construction of sidewalk improvements on Md. 17 begin as soon as the spring. The project, which spans from Eagle Bay Drive to Cedar Street, will give students at Myersville Elementary a safer path to school. 

When the weather warms up, the SHA will tackle resurfacing projects throughout the county. 

It will resurface sections of northbound U.S. 15 from Angleberger Road to the Owens Creek bridge and northbound I-270 from Md. 80 to I-70.

Gischlar encouraged drivers to be alert in the construction zones that will pop up throughout the year.

TransIT could also see big changes in the new year.

Riders should have an easier time getting tickets, according to director Nancy Norris.

County bus administrators are looking to develop an app for ticket purchases. Now, riders can buy tickets by mail, at the treasurer’s office or at the TransIT office. A mobile app would allow people to buy tickets with their cellphone at any time.

As part of the mobile project, TransIT intends to roll out a one-day pass available only through the app.

The system will also look into the possibility of purchasing three electric buses, Norris wrote in an email. TransIT will request grant and local funding for the buses and necessary infrastructure to charge them.

“Our fleet of large transit buses is aging and there is the potential for long term savings with all electric vehicles, both in fuel and maintenance,” Norris wrote.

The Motor Vehicle Administration announced that it will also change some policies.

Immigrants in the state illegally will be allowed to apply for licenses and identification as long they meet requirements, such as proof of residency and having paid taxes.

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(11) comments

What we really need is for Frederick to offer more career options. However, all our "leaders" know how to produce are more houses, that provide more cars on 270 and 70, 109,355, 75, 15... trying to get to their careers elsewhere. Retail and restaurant jobs won't cut it Mr. B. Where are all the jobs you promised. From what I can tell, you certainly cut quite a few from the county payroll. I wonder if they're sitting on 270 at 6am?

NASCARLOVER
NASCARLOVER

Must be "Masters of the Obvious Day".....[wink]

sevenstones1000
sevenstones1000

No, 270 does not need another lane out of Frederick. What we need is decent mass transportation to DC and to Baltimore. A light rail that connects to Shady Grove, commuter buses that connect to Baltimore, and a train that goes express to Union Station, without 227 stops every two feet in Montgomery County which already has plenty of other mass transit options. And we need this mass transportation to run 7 days a week, and until midnight.

kjswartz
kjswartz

Agreed. We've had plans made ever since 1996 to provide rail service along the I-270 corridor, including one plan that used the median strip itself.

CaptainFalco311
CaptainFalco311

Absolutely. Another lane wouldn't help. Unfortunately, O'Malley cut the Corridor Cities Transitway (essentially a light rail from Shady Grove to Frederick) a few miles short and made it end in Clarksburg.

And yes, a "Red Line Express" similar to New York subways is something I've wanted to see for a long time.

CaptainFalco311
CaptainFalco311

Expand TransIT to the suburbs. We don't need to be like Montgomery County and have a bus stop at every curb, but it'd be a nice to have a bus between Frederick and New Market/Mt. Airy or a bus between Frederick and Urbana (which is a transit-oriented development without transit) with regular service would be nice.

Also, how hard would it be to get Frederick buses equipped with SmarTrip? Although a mobile app is a step in the right direction, I'd be taking buses around town a lot more often if I didn't need to use cash.

kjswartz
kjswartz

You can buy monthly bus passes

kjswartz
kjswartz

Expand Transit Bus Service to operate on Sundays and holidays. It doesn't have to be regular service (unless there's a special event, like Metro does). This is embarrassing to watch people waiting for a public service that never comes.

Sanker
Sanker

270 needs a third lane out of Frederick desparately, and I-70 both east and west bound needs a third lane between 29 and the 70/40 split. Westbound there in the evenings is every bit as bad as 270.

Arcticdc5
Arcticdc5

Just add another lane on 270 for crying out loud! It can't stand the volume it faces as it stands now...

JOHNNTR
JOHNNTR

Meanwhile I-270 remains an antiquated 2 lane highway!

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