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City suspends parking enforcement, scales back in-person services, announces other changes amid pandemic

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Various Baltimore City agencies have adjusted their service hours and operations to encourage social distancing and limit the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced Monday afternoon.

The city has suspended parking enforcement, scaled back maintenance operations, postponed non-federally funded paving and sidewalk work, and announced other changes to regular services.

“We have taken these measures to protect the health and safety of our City employees and the residents of Baltimore City as we work to continue performing core, essential services,” Young said in a statement.

Mayor challenges transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes in 50 days

Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young uses a shovel to spread asphalt over a pothole before packing it down. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

There was one fewer pothole in Baltimore Wednesday morning after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young packed asphalt into one on N. Collington Avenue in East Baltimore, kicking off a challenge for transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes over the next 50 days.

The 50-day pothole challenge is the latest piece of Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign, which he launched last month, to beautify Baltimore.

OIG nabs two work-dodging DOT employees

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Two Department of Transportation employees were fired after the Office of the Inspector General found they spent a good chunk of the workday chilling at home.

City plans fines—but will drop threat of driver’s license point—for those who ‘block the box’

City plans to drop threat of driver’s license point for those who ‘block the box’
A familiar scene for Baltimore drivers: a Maryland Transit Administration bus blocks the intersection of Fayette Street and Guilford Avenue downtown. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

When a public hearing began Wednesday night for a resolution to sync up all of Baltimore’s traffic lights before the city’s “Don’t Block the Box” traffic-enforcement program takes effect, Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Department of Transportation officials didn’t appear to be on the same page about the penalties.

City will roll out Don’t Block the Box program next month

Pratt Street downtown. Photo by Kimberlyshorter, via Wikimedia Commons.

Joining cities like Philadelphia, New York and Washington D.C., Baltimore next month will begin penalizing drivers who block all or part of the middle of an intersection after the light has changed.

City expanding DOT’s traffic cam program to 100 cameras

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In two weeks, Baltimore’s restored traffic camera program will have roughly tripled from its initial size last summer.

City Officials Again Delay Downtown Bike Network’s Installation

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Baltimore officials are delaying the installation of the much-awaited Downtown Bicycle Network by as much as 10 more months so that city agencies can reconfigure three streets to meet fire code standards and safety regulations.

Coming Soon? A Bike Boulevard for Covington Street in Federal Hill and Riverside

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Baltimore’s Board of Estimates will vote tomorrow on whether to disburse more than $91,000 in state grants for a new “bicycle boulevard” along Covington Street in Federal Hill and Riverside.

The City’s Baltimore Bike Share Coordinator is Out

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In another blow to Baltimore Bike Share, the city has confirmed the program’s official coordinator within the Department of Transportation is on his way out.

Baltimore Bike Share Returns Sunday with 50 More Secure, GPS-Tracked Bikes

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After a month-long hiatus for some crucial repairs and maintenance, Baltimore Bike Share is returning this weekend.