Updated BRTB Budget and Work Program for FY 2016-2017 (UPWP)
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed comments on its proposed updated Budget & Work Program for Fiscal Years 2016-2017 from February 12 through Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
The BRTB voted to approve the changes on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 via BRTB Resolution #16-15.
The BRTB develops this list of regional transportation planning activities every two fiscal years. This addendum updates the funding tables for FY 2017 and identifies several new tasks.
About the BRTB’s Budget and Work Program
The BRTB’s Budget and Work Program is known as the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Transportation Planning. It details projects, studies and other activities to be completed by BRTB members and staff of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC). The UPWP includes both local and region-wide activities.
The updated UPWP includes an increase in funding of $710,024 to reflect new federal funding levels and projected carryover from FY 2016 to support the additional tasks as outlined below.
New local and regional projects include:
- Boston Street Multi-Modal Corridor Study – Baltimore City will study alternatives in this corridor to address the cancelled Baltimore Red Line and recommendations for improved truck access, pedestrian/bike accommodation, residential and commuter travel, and improved safety.
- Complete Streets – Following the adoption of the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan, Howard County will evaluate and provide recommendations on ways to integrate complete streets policies into their subdivision and design manual.
- Regional Transportation Agency of Central Maryland (RTA) Transit Service Study – Anne Arundel and Howard counties will conduct a complete route analysis to assess transit route alignment, ridership, gaps in service, and opportunities to enhance and upgrade transit service in the service area.
- Regional Patapsco Greenway – This regional project will be a coordinated planning effort by area jurisdictions, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, State Highway Administration and the Patapsco Heritage Greenway Inc. The Regional Patapsco Greenway is a proposed shared use pathway network connecting the Inner Harbor, Catonsville, Ellicott City, Elkridge, Sykesville and the BWI Trail.
Several new focus areas for BMC staff are also added. They include:
- Study regional attitudes and behavior differences in commuter travel, including transit use, ridesharing, teleworking, biking, walking, etc. Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan identified transit as a congestion management strategy in reducing congestion and increasing mobility;
- Identify congestion management strategies for locally-maintained corridors that have serious operational issues;
- Explore options for improving transit service through cooperative purchasing, multi-agency electronic fare collection, and improvements to on-street bus stops;
Expand regional outreach and public participation through a series of events and new outreach efforts; and
- Preliminary planning for the 2018 regional Household Travel Survey.
Download updated budget tables and task descriptions for new subarea tasks in FY 2017 using the link below or visit the Regional Information Center (RIC) at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230) to view a print copy.
PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
The BRTB invited the public to share their thoughts on the changes to regional transportation planning activities from Friday, February 12 through Wednesday, March 16, 2016. Download a Flyer
The BRTB also welcomed public comments during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 and Tuesday, March 22, 2016. or before the vote at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016.