• Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan

    Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan

    The regional transportation plan currently in development continues the theme of its predecessor, Maximize2040. That is, make the best use of—or maximize—the resources that comprise and support the region’s transportation system. This development process will involve gathering and analyzing data on the transportation needs, demographic trends, environmental concerns, economic factors, and financial resources that will shape the region over the next 25-30 years.

    Informing this process is the continued reliance on a performance-based approach to planning and programming transportation projects. This approach provides a framework for the region to monitor progress toward regional goals through performance measures and targets. This approach also enables the BRTB to make informed decisions about how best to maintain, operate, and enhance the existing transportation system and to apply limited financial resources.


    Below is a general timeline showing the major milestones in the development of Maximize2045.This timeline represents the best estimate given current expectations and will be subject to change as plan development proceeds.

    Throughout the development of Maximize2045, the BRTB will consult and coordinate with local jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Transportation and its modal agencies, other state agencies such as the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Planning, other partner agencies, the public, and other stakeholder groups.

    Goals and Strategies

    On February 28, 2017, the BRTB adopted nine goals, with supporting strategies, to serve as an overarching set of guiding principles for Maximize2045. The BRTB developed these goals and strategies with input from its Public Advisory Committee, its Technical Committee, and BMC staff.

    Approved Goals & Strategies

    While these goals and strategies continue the performance-based theme of Maximize2040, the BRTB did adopt some additional strategies to account for new federal requirements and emerging trends. These new strategies are intended to:

    • strengthen planning related to transportation system redundancy and evacuation routes
    • incorporate a new federal planning factor related to enhancing travel and tourism
    • acknowledge the need to consider emerging vehicle technologies and shared mobility options in project planning and programming.

    Additional Material

    Throughout the development of Maximize2045, the BRTB and BMC staff will update this page to add new material.

    For the current Transportation Plans page, here is some text for a new paragraph about the development of the next plan (to be inserted above the current imagine 2060 paragraph):

    2019 Regional Transportation Plan: Maximize2045

    The BRTB has begun to develop an update of the regional transportation plan, known as Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan[link to new separate web page for Maximize2045]. The BRTB expects to adopt this plan update by July 2019. Developing Maximize2045 will involve consultation and coordination with local jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Transportation and its modal agencies, other state agencies such as the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Department of Planning, other partner agencies, the public, and other stakeholder groups. Steps in this process will include formulating and adopting:

    • regional goals and implementation strategies [link to the goals and strategies on the Maximize2045 page]
    • regional performance measures and performance targets
    • criteria for evaluating candidate projects
    • population and employment forecasts
    • project cost estimates and forecasts of expected revenues

    Once the BRTB has selected a tentative set of projects using this information, BMC staff will conduct travel demand modeling, air quality conformity modeling, and analysis of potential Environmental Justice effects of the major projects proposed for the plan. The BRTB will seek input from its partner agencies, its advisory groups, and the general public throughout the process of developing Maximize2045.

    And here is some text for a new scenario planning section to replace the imagine 2060 section:

    Scenario Planning to Support 2015 Regional Transportation Plan

    The scenario planning that supported the development of the 2015 long-range transportation plan (known as Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan) was exploratory in nature. This initiative solicited public and focus group input on approximately 30 forces and trends that could significantly affect the ways in which we will live and travel over the next 25 years. This public and focus group input informed the development of three possible scenarios for the year 2040  These scenarios served as focal points of discussion at two stakeholder workshops. These scenarios assumed:

    • significant overflow of population and employment from DC to Baltimore
    • significant sea level rise and an increase in extreme weather events
    • significant advances in autonomous and connected vehicle technologies as well as growth in shared mobility options.

    Output from these workshops included participants’ expectations of how these scenarios would affect socioeconomic indicators, travel trends, and regional performance measures. The workshop participants also developed recommendations for the types of projects in which the state and local jurisdictions could invest limited funds to better prepare for potential changes.
    See Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Scenario Thinking for a Greater Baltimore Region 

    For more information:

    Terry Freeland, tfreeland@baltometro.org, 410-732-0500 x1028
    Monica B. Haines Benkhedda, mhainesbenkhedda@baltometro.org, 410-732-0500 x1047

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