DEVELOPMENT OF A PROGRAM TO CONTROL MOTOR VEHICLE NOISE IN MARYLAND

This paper follows the progress of Maryland's motor vehicle noise control efforts from their begining with the introduction of an aviation noise control bill in 1972 to their status as of early 1975. The initial aviation noise control bill was withdrawn and a resolution was substituted which directed the Maryland Department of Transportation to make a study of the transportation noise problem and submit suitable legislative proposals to the 1973 session of the Maryland legislature. The resolution passed, but due to contracting difficulties the study was not started until January 1973. At the same time other noise control effects were initiated in Baltimore City and Montgomery County. Before the background study was completed, a noise control bill (the Steers bill) was introduced and passed which changed the whole legal and administrative framework within which the report was being prepared. The report was recast to present 3 alternative reactions to the new bill. The alternative chosen was to rewrite the Steers bill to include a strong transportation noise control element that involved several state agencies in addition to the health and mental hygiene department, the only agency given responsibility for noise control by the Steers bill. After much background work, the bill was rewritten. With a few amendments, the bill was passed in 1974, but the enforcement date was delayed to July 1975. The major issue now is to find budget support.

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  • Accession Number: 00098534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM