BRTB seeks public comments on funding for several major congestion easement projects
BRTB to update Maximize2040 and the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program
Open for Public Review
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments through Wednesday, March 14, on funding updates to the 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and/or Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan for five Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) projects and one Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) project.
The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the amendments on Tuesday, March 27 at 9 a.m. Details of the amendments and comment period are below.
About Maximize2040 and the 2018-2021 TIP
Maximize2040 is this region’s $12.5 billion long-range transportation plan developed by the BRTB. Maximize2040 serves as the blueprint for fiscally constrained transportation planning in the Baltimore region from the year 2020 to 2040. The plan also establishes the region’s broad transportation goals and performance measures, which now serve as guiding principles as the region plans and carries out projects.
The 2018-2021 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes more than $3 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained.
Amendments occur to Maximize2040 and the 2018-2021 TIP because of changes to project scope and funding or changes to federal documentation policies. Public comment periods and meetings aim to keep communication open regarding these changes.
I-695: I-70 to MD 43
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) requests of the BRTB to update Maximize2040 and the 2018-2021 TIP to include a new project, the I-695: I-70 to MD 43 (TIP ID # 63-1802-41). Gov. Larry Hogan announced this project to the public as part of a plan to relieve congestion around the Baltimore Beltway on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
This project will address capacity, safety and operational concerns along I-695. The purpose of this project is to utilize the inside shoulder to create a new travel lane on the inner and outer loops of I-695 during peak travel periods from I-70 to MD 43. This project includes reconfiguration of the I-695 and I-70 interchange and potential future adaptive ramp metering.
This amendment would add the project to the 2018-2021 TIP and Maximize2040 using federal National Highway Performance Program (NHPP) funds, along with state matching funds. Funding in the 2018-2021 TIP includes $22 million in preliminary engineering funds and $99 million in construction funds for a total of $121 million. The total cost of the project is $251 million with construction funding extending into FY 2022 and FY 2023.TIP SHEET
Analysis of Air Quality Conformity
Under the Clean Air Act Amendments, areas designated as being “nonattainment” or “maintenance” of air quality standards are required to review their current transportation plans and programs to ensure they are in conformity with the applicable State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP). The Baltimore region is a federally designated “nonattainment” area for ground-level ozone.
Federal law requires that the BRTB, as the Baltimore region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), analyze projects proposed for amendment to ensure they do not jeopardize the conformity of the plan under federal rules and guidelines.
The Conformity Results show that the project amendments, in combination with the existing and planned network, will not delay timely attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
View the Air Quality Conformity Determination Documents for:
Public Review and Comment
The public review period runs from Monday, February 12, through Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
Share Your Thoughts
Comments are welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meeting on Tuesday, March 27 (scheduled vote), at 9 a.m.
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For More Information
For more information about the amendment to the 2018-2021 TIP, please contact
Name: Zach Kaufman
Phone: 410-732-0500 x1048
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