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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’

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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

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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.

Six Months In, City Installs Far More Traffic Cameras than Mayor Pugh Originally Announced

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With more than 50 traffic cameras now up and running around Baltimore, the city has installed at least 15 more than Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office said would be placed along city roads back in March.

Baltimore Bike Share Shuts Down Temporarily To Improve Security

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Baltimore Sun Reports that the Baltimore Bike Share program is shutting down temporarily, to update the security equipment on its 200 piece fleet of rentable bicycles. The local bike share program opened in 2016, but has weathered a rocky start after a high number of instances of theft, and related damage to locking docks. The bikes are outfitted with GPS, and generally recovered when stolen, but the track-downs and maintenance to the bikes and the locking docks take time, money, and man power away from a small staff.

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