Mary­land One Sys­tem to save truck­ers $6M

Au­to­ma­tion part of gover­nor’s ef­fort to make state ‘busi­ness friendly’

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As part of his com­mit­ment to make Mary­land more busi­ness friendly, Gov. Larry Ho­gan (R) re­cently an­nounced the truck­ing in­dus­try will save $6 mil­lion in fees an­nu­ally with the state’s new Mary­land One Sys­tem au­to­mated per­mit­ting process.

The Mary­land One Sys­tem is a first-in-then­ation au­to­mated truck per­mit sys­tem for state, toll and Bal­ti­more City roads, which elim­i­nates the fi­nal ves­tiges of man­ual pa­per pro­cess­ing, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease. The new sys­tem has re­duced over­weight haul­ing per­mit pro­cess­ing from days and weeks to hours and elim­i­nates re­view fees.

The Mar yland One Sys­tem re­cently re­ceived in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades with the Bent­ley “Be In­spired” Spe­cial Recog­ni­tion Award in Lon­don, Eng­land, as part of the “The Year in In­fra­struc­ture 2016 Con­fer­ence.”

“The Mar yland One Sys­tem makes trans­port­ing goods through our state sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier and less ex­pen­sive,” Ho­gan said in the re­lease. “Mary­land is de­liv­er­ing on our prom­ise to be more busi­ness friendly, re­duce fees and put money back into the pock­ets of hard-work­ing Mary­land fam­i­lies and busi­nesses. From our thriv­ing port, air­port and great trans­porta­tion net­work, the Mary­land One Sys­tem is just one more rea­son ‘Mary­land is Open for Busi­ness.’”

Mary­land re­ceives more than 140,000 over­weight/over­size per­mit ap­pli­ca­tions each year which, un­til re­cently, re­quired engi­neers to man­u­ally re­view for safety. Now, Mary­land One is auto-is­su­ing 69 per­cent of ap­pli­ca­tions the same day or even within hours of sub­mis­sion. At this point, 97 per­cent of these per­mits are is­sued within two days or less, while it pre­vi­ously took up to 10 days.

With the au­to­ma­tion, the truck­ing in­dus­try has round-the-clock, im­me­di­ate ac­cess to ini­ti­ate, re­vise and up­date per­mits as needed.

Since May, over­weight/over­sized trucks crossed 2,378,885 bridges un­der 50,756 per­mits, with an av­er­age of 47 bridges. The pre­vi­ous re­view fee was $8 per bridge. With 35,000 au­to­mated per­mits, or 69 per­cent, truck­ers and ship­pers are get­ting quicker per­mits and have saved $3 mil­lion in fees since late May, es­ti­mated to be more than $6 mil­lion an­nu­ally.

In the same pe­riod, the state saved more than $440,000 in wages for work hours that would have been spent re­view­ing per­mits. The tech­nol­ogy au­to­mates the te­dious process that once re­quired bridge engi­neers and mo­tor car­rier ex­perts to in­di­vid­u­ally an­a­lyze each over­weight move to de­ter­mine the safest route, cal­cu­late the safe speed, and re­duce the over­all im­pact on road in­fra­struc­ture, es­pe­cially bridges.

Mary­land One re­lieves staff to fo­cus on “su­per-load” and “mega-load” moves from 500,000 to more than a mil­lion pounds, which means quicker turn­around on more com­plex moves that re­quire greater scru­tiny. In 2015, there were more than 100 larger moves in Mary­land.

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