Public Notice

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The Central Maryland Transportation & Mobility Consortium (Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel) will hold a second briefing session for the proposed Central Maryland Transportation & Mobility Commission members on October 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm at the RTA Administrative Office, 8510 Corridor Road, Suite 110, Savage, Maryland. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Executive Kittleman Announce Re Opening of Parts of Main Street Ellicott

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August 23, 2016

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ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman today announced the next steps in Ellicott City’s recovery that will increase access, restore commerce, reduce anxiety and provide predictability for the merchants and residents of Main Street.

Beginning Wednesday, a portion of the western end of Main Street that sustained minor or no damage will be reopened.

“Despite the challenges and difficulties many have faced since July 30, we have seen unprecedented levels of patience, cooperation and resilience,” said Kittleman. “Together, we take another step along the road to recovery.”

Kittleman said the county will open access at two locations, effectively shrinking the perimeter of Main Street’s “no-access” area. Access will be restored at the top of Main Street from Ellicott Mills Drive to Court Avenue, and on Old Columbia Pike down to Main Street.

These changes will allow businesses at the western end of Main Street and along Tonge Row a chance to reopen. On-street parking on Main Street continues to be prohibited and parking in general will be tight. Limited parking will be available on parking Lot “D” by Roussey Lane to accommodate employees and customers of those accessible businesses.

Later this week, weather permitting, the county will repave Merryman and Hill streets. While the repaving operation is underway, credentialed residents of those streets will be allowed to park on Lot “F” near the top of Main Street. Then Saturday, again weather permitting, half of Lot “F” will be re-opened to the public.

“Main Street remains a major construction site,” said Kittleman. “Please, if you don’t have a real reason to be here, don’t come just to gawk or sightsee. Many have asked, ‘How can I help?,’ Well, that’s one of the ways.”

Kittleman said the county will also provide seven days of credentialed access to those businesses on Tiber Alley on the eastern part of Main Street to give more time to continue cleaning up. This access is not intended for customers or the public and access will be controlled by security.

Over the next few weeks, Kittleman expects the no-access perimeter to continue shrinking. Again depending on the weather, the county and State Highway Administration officials are hopeful that the bridge that spans the Patapsco River from Baltimore County will reopen. When this happens, Kittleman said the perimeter can move west of Maryland Avenue, allowing pedestrian and vehicle traffic to the very bottom of Main Street and up Maryland Avenue.

Yet as the county continues to reopen sections of Ellicott City, Kittleman cautions that there is still much work to be done. More sidewalks must be installed, buildings still need to be shored up, significant stabilization and repair work is needed along Hamilton Street and major work must be done in front of Salon Marielle.

Kittleman added that BGE will be installing a new, 4-inch natural gas line on Main Street from Court Avenue to Maryland Avenue. During this extensive repair, BGE will be connecting this line to nearly 70 properties along Main Street.

“Since the earliest moments after this flood, we have all been united under the banner of ECSTRONG,” said Kittleman. “As you’ve seen, it’s already proven to be more than just a slogan. It is a reflection of the values that define us as a community and it is a true testament to our collective resolve that will serve us well moving forward.”


Wednesday, Aug.24:

· Main Street reopens from Ellicott Mills Drive to Court Avenue
· Old Columbia Pike reopens down to Main Street
· Main Street parking still prohibited
· Seven days of credentialed access for businesses on Tiber Alley

Thursday, Aug. 25/Friday, Aug. 26

· Merryman and Hill streets to be re-paved

Saturday, Aug. 27

· Half of Parking Lot “F” to reopen

Early September

· Reopening of Patapsco River bridge
· Perimeter moves west of Maryland Avenue on Main Street

Long Meadow construction project to improve stormwater management, water quality

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August 25, 2016

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Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Michele Monde, Project Manager, Department of Public Works, 410-313-0844

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – A Howard County construction project to improve stormwater management and water quality at a pond on Open Meadow Way near Golden Straw Lane in Columbia is scheduled to begin on or about Monday, Aug. 29.

The project will include removal of the pond’s riser and barrel pipe and the lowering of the existing embankment. The pond will be graded into a shallow wetland and a step pool conveyance system will be constructed to gradually transition flows from the pond to the culvert under Open Meadow Way.  Weather permitting, the project should be completed by late November 2016.

This project is funded through the County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Fund.

An occasional lane shift may be necessary during the delivery of materials to the site during construction hours (Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays as needed), and during curb and sidewalk repairs. Signs will be posted in the area to alert residents of the project and to direct traffic.  The sidewalk along the north side of Open Meadow Way will be closed during the project, as will the walking path around the pond .

For questions or concerns about Capital Project D-1159, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or .

Temporary Detour at Howard Community College

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401/Green & 404/Orange – Saturday March 26th, 2016 – Sunday April 3rd, 2016

  1. Campus Drive will be closed from the traffic circle through the College to Hickory Ridge Rd
  2. A temporary stop will be placed at the traffic circle inside the campus grounds off of Little Patuxent Parkway (inbound & outbound) service


  1. Hickory Ridge & Cordage Walk stop will be closed
  2. Temporary stops will be placed on Charter Drive at Hickory Ridge Rd

Physically Disabled Riders’ Corner: Convenience In Playing The Lottery

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Whether you need to reach Northern Prince George’s Country, Howard County, or Central Maryland for work commuting reasons, personal affairs, errands, or simply to buy a lottery ticket for the upcoming Powerball draw, you can rely on the RTA bus service. RTA has got what it takes to become your go-to transportation service as it ties all corners of Central Maryland. But we are so much more than just another transportation company. We are proud to say that we handle curb-to-curb, shared ride paratransit services and cater to the specific needs of older riders as well as passengers who suffer from various disabilities. If you count among the latter and you enjoy playing Powerball or another game of week, your physical impairment might prevent you from always reaching your regular lottery store on time.

But what if you could rely on our buses to buy your rickets on time every week? Plus, there are additional means of playing the lottery – and they do not even involve you getting out of the house. Interested in learning more? You will find out all the details in just a few minutes!

Stay Up-To-Date With Our Bus Schedule!

Due to various factors, our bus schedule might suffer alterations from time to time. This is why it is critical to remain vigilant and constantly keep an eye on the latest changes on our website, especially in the schedule section. You can either check out our updated timetable schedules for buses or directly call out customer service at -800-270-9553 and find out all the details you need.

This way, you should be able to plan ahead your next trip to the nearest town where you can find lottery stores or bus stations selling tickets for the upcoming Powerball game or take a look at the latest Powerball numbers to find out if your have won the last draw. If you are physically impaired and you are having trouble getting out of the house, walking long distance, or standing in line, waiting to make your ticket purchase, you might want to try an alternative:

Play Powerball On Specialized Lottery Siteslatest powerball numbers on

Did you know that websites like enable you to play the lottery straight form your computer or with the help of your smartphone? All you need to do is register a new player account by providing the personal information you will be asked for in just a few seconds. Make sure you fill in real data or you will risk not being able to claim your prize in case you will win.

Next, you will need to either manually mark your tickets or opt for the random number generator on the Powerball website and have your clients be automatically marked for you. If you do not have a lot of mobility in your hands, you might find this option particular advantageous. And the best part of it is that you will not have to worry abut missing your bus or not being able to travel comfortably to the nearest land lottery location – even though we have set up convenient travel conditions for older and disabled riders.

Someone else will do the physical ticket purchase for you, using your selected numbers and scanning the tickets so you can gain easy access to them right off your online account. Should you win a juge Powerball jackpot, you will receive the original ticket by mail and get to easily claim your prize locally.

Quick Vehicle Lock Fixes When In A Hurry

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Have you ever locked a pair of keys inside your vehicle? How did you manage to get in? Were they the keys to your car or to your home/office? Locking your keys inside of your car can turn out to be one of the most frustrating experiences. And this is particularly true if you are in a hurry – which is almost always the case when it happens. As long as you have taken the right prevention methods for cases like these, you should be able to rapidly regain access to your keys. Calling AAA roadside assistance is one of the fastest and most effective ways of taking care of any type of a car emergency when on the road. But if is also one of the most expensive solutions, which is not walys desirable.

If you want to know what else you can do to handle any sort of a key or lock emergency on your vehicle, these next few lines will help you out.

DIY Methods Of Unlocking Your Vehicle

If you feel skilled enough to try some DIY projects you can find online, you might just be able to unlock your car faster than you might think. You can rely on common “tools” like shoelaces, windshield wipers, coat hangers, or car antennas. These could all help you pop a lock in no time, and they only require some skills. For example, you can take off a lace from one of your shoes, tie a slipknot in the middle of it, and tighten it by pulling on the string's ends. While holding one end of the string in each hand, slide it through the corner of door. Move it back-and-forth so the knot can slide over the door knob. Then pull on the string to tighten it, and pull up to unlock the door. If your vehicle has its lock mechanism on the side of the door, you will not be able to use this procedure.

Use A Slim Jim

Use a pair of pliers to unravel the coat hanger. Get one straight side and the other hooked, slide the hanger down between the window and the weather stripping. Get the hook 2 inches below where the window and the car door intersect. Rotate the hanger until the hook is facing the inside, and fish around for the control arm. Pull up and you should see the door opening.

Call A Nearby Car Locksmith

You can easily find the best emergency locksmiths at and hire them to immediately take care of your car lock or key emergency. Give them a call at their customer service number and a friendly and well-trained professional will immediately dispatch the nearest mobile locksmith in your area.

They charge affordable flat rates for their service and they should be able to unlock any make and model of a vehicle, no matter how old or advanced the locks on it. They will do so without causing any damage to the car or windows/windshield/doors, which is not something you could say about a DIY project.

RTA Appoints New General Manager to Oversee Operations And Administration

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SAVAGE, MD- The Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland serving Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County and the City of Laurel announces the selection of Mark Pritchard as its new General Manager. The selection was made after Mark’s short term assignment as Interim General Manager under the Transportation Management Services contract with First Transit. “We are very excited to have Mark transition into a more permanent role,” Howard County Administrator John Powell said. His strong leadership, management skills and experience will support the RTA’s current efforts to serve the increasing transportation needs of the public.”

Mark a native of Annapolis, Maryland comes to the RTA with over 30 years of experience as a transit executive in both the public and private sector. He has a broad range of experience in all phases of transportation management including ADA paratransit, labor relations, service planning, operations, maintenance and finance. Prior to the appointment, Mark worked in Tulsa and Oklahoma cities where he redesigned service routes, focused on revenue development of transit facilities such as bus garages and customer waiting centers and worked with employees at all levels to improve ridership and

service to the customer. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. Mark is married and has an adult son and is looking forward to returning to his home state.

“I look forward to continuing to serve the RTA and create strong partnerships with leaders and community service providers from each region in this new capacity,” states Pritchard. “I will work with the staff at all levels to improve the reliability and quality of service on the street. The RTA is a very innovative concept of regionalizing transportation and I am pleased to be serving multiple jurisdictions in this effort.”


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