Welcome to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) website. We hope this site will provide you one-stop shopping for all of your transportation needs, whether you are a commuter trying to find the latest traffic cameras or to buy a Transit Smart Card or whether you are a contractor looking to do work with MDOT. The goal of this new website is to provide you with easy access to all MDOT has to offer.
With a $3.6 billion annual budget, MDOT is the only state department of transportation with direct supervision over all aspects of transportation including: the State’s highway, transit and rail networks; motor vehicles; Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport; and the Port of Baltimore. All MDOT agencies receive funding from a common state Transportation Trust Fund. As Acting Secretary, I also serve as Acting Chairman of the Maryland Transportation Authority, the agency that owns and operates the state’s eight toll facilities.
Despite the challenges posed in recent years by the most severe economic downturn our nation has experienced in generations, MDOT continues to excel under the leadership of Governor O’Malley. The Port of Baltimore is the fastest growing port in the United States generating a 15 percent increase in the amount of cargo handled in 2011, over the same period one year earlier. Records also were established in 2011 for: exported cargo, coal, automobiles, containers, wood pulp and cruise passengers. The Port of Baltimore is ranked first in the nation in a number of categories including: handling farm and construction machinery, autos, trucks, imported forest products, imported sugar, imported iron ore and imported gypsum.
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport served more than 22.4 million passengers in 2011, more than any other year in its history. BWI Marshall also was recently ranked by Travel & Leisure Magazine as the sixth best airport in the nation for customer service and convenience.
Maryland is one of the few states that funds two major urban transit systems, the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) network in the Baltimore region and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in the Washington region. In February 2012, the MTA set a new record as average weekday ridership on the system reached nearly 415,000 passengers. Walk Score, an international advocacy group that evaluates public access, recently ranked the Washington number four in the nation and Baltimore number nine, for ease of access to transit. MDOT is currently developing three major transit lines that will become the “next generation” of transit in the Washington and Baltimore regions.
The Maryland State Highway Administration, in partnership with the Maryland Transportation Authority, recently completed the state’s first all-electronic toll highway, the Intercounty Connector/ MD 200, linking Maryland’s two major economic corridors, I-270 and I-95. Innovative environmental mitigation techniques were incorporated into the 18-mile highway making it one of the “greenest” highways in the nation. Innovation also is key at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) where state-of-the-art technology is improving customer service by allowing more transactions to be handled electronically, either by phone or via the internet. This allows citizens to conduct their business when it is convenient for them and reduces the need to actually visit an MVA office.
As always, the safety of the public, whether by road, rail, bike, ship or plane remains MDOT’s top priority. Other priorities of the Department include oversight of one of the most aggressive minority business enterprise programs in the nation. This MDOT-operated program oversees MBE certification throughout Maryland state government. Alternative transportation also is a priority for MDOT as demonstrated by a wide range of innovative bike and pedestrian initiatives that are being implemented throughout the state. The goal always has been to strive for a balanced transportation network that serves all needs and protects our environment at the same time.
Please take time to explore our website, learn more about Maryland’s Transportation world and find out how easy it is to access all MDOT’s services!