Many audits of state agencies find wasted dollars, poor accounting controls, lax purchasing measures and even occasional fraud; so it’s worth pointing out that legislative auditors reviewing $2.6 billion of spending that went through the transportation secretary’s office found absolutely nothing. The good news comes as Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley announced she’s leaving the post July 1, after almost three years in the job.Read More
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Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley told legislators Tuesday that the culture at the procurement arm of the State Highway Administration dealing with construction inspection comes from an “unacceptable pattern of poor contract management and administration in the organization.”Read More
When auditors delved deeper into the way contracts are handled for construction inspection services by the State Highway Administration, their fears of rampant, systemic problems in the agency came true. “It was surprising and disappointing,” said Legislative Auditor Bruce Myers.Read More
Thanks to the intervention of the Maryland Department of Transportation, ground will be broken Thursday for the first building in the long-stalled $220 million Metro Centre at Owings Mills project. A transit-oriented development at Baltimore County’s Owings Mills Metro station, the project has been in the works since 2000. Disputes over building logistics and price, as well as increases in construction costs delayed it for more than a decade.Read More
Questioning the practicality of “undertaking a commercial real estate venture of this magnitude in the midst of the worst economic climate since the Great Depression,” Comptroller Peter Franchot has joined the chorus of voices objecting to the $1.5 billion State Center project in midtown Baltimore.
Franchot wrote a letter to General Services Secretary Alvin Collins and Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley saying he’s concerned about the economic impact – both on the government’s coffers and on taxpayers – of moving forward with the project right now.
For the second hearing on the proposed fat toll hikes, a grand total of six people testified in Baltimore on Monday evening, wrapping up the meeting of the Maryland Transportation Authority in about 45 minutes. That was 20% more witnesses than the five people who testified at last week’s hearing in Shady Grove.Read More
Large increases in tolls on Maryland’s bridges and tunnels were proposed last week, but Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley said angry motorists should not be directing their blame at the new Intercounty Connector. They should look around at the state’s other toll roads, bridges and tunnels, and see the maintenance that needs to be done on them.Read More
Public hearings about toll increases on several of Maryland’s tolled roads and bridges will start in the next few months, Transportation Secretary Beverley Swaim-Staley told a Senate budget subcommittee on Thursday.Read More
The Maryland Transit Administration may not have enough money for personnel and operations in next year’s budget, legislative analysts warn, but state transit officials insist that they’ll make do with the funding the governor gave them.Read More
By Erich Wagner Erich@MarylandReporter.com State transportation officials dispelled speculation that the state might sell BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport at a budget hearing Monday, and the head of the airport promised that staff...Read More
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