Improving Multimodal Access, Transit, and Safety Upgrades (2014-2017 TIP Amendments)
2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program Amendments
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed comments on updates to the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for six projects from Thursday, October 9 through Monday, November 10, 2014. The BRTB voted to approve these amendments on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 via BRTB Resolution #15-10, Resolution #15-11, and Resolution #15-12.
The TIP, which is the list of transportation projects requesting funding, includes more than $2 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the region during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained and thus major funding changes and project additions require an amendment.
Three of the requested amendments are new additions to the TIP and three are funding changes to existing TIP projects. Summary information of the projects and TIP changes are listed below with links to more detailed information.
NEW PROJECTS TO THE TIP
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) asked the BRTB to add the following projects to the TIP:
Hanover Street Bridge Multimodal Corridor Plan Project
BCDOT, in partnership with the Maryland Port Administration (MPA), private industry and community partners has identified the Hanover Street Bridge corridor as a major barrier to multimodal transportation. This includes concerns over bicycle and pedestrian safety, freight movement, and access to transportation options for the nearly 50% of households in South Baltimore that do not have access to a vehicle . The proposed Hanover Street Bridge Multimodal Corridor Plan will also explore options to rehabilitate or reconstruct the nearly 100-year-old Hanover Street Bridge, now known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.
Baltimore City has been awarded a $1.1 million federal TIGER grant to create the Hanover Street Bridge Multimodal Corridor Plan. The City has secured $700,000 in matching funds to leverage the federal grant money. Adding this project to the TIP would allow BCDOT to begin this planning study using the TIGER grant.
Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector Electrification Project
The Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector Electrification Project will allow BCDOT to purchase and install one all-electric water taxi and high powered smart changing station for the Harbor Connector Commuter Service. This will allow for safe and environmentally friendly transportation of people around the developing waterfront. It also is an integral part of the City’s effort to reduce traffic congestion and accompanying pollution.
Adding this project to the TIP allows MTA to utilize FTA's Passenger Ferry Boat Program funds.
Metro Railcar and Signaling Systems Replacement On Hold until January 2015 >>Learn more
MTA’s Metro Railcar and Signaling Systems Replacement Project will replace aging Metro railcars and the signaling system with modern and reliable equipment. Based on the 30-year design life, the Metro railcars are due for replacement. This will also enhance passenger comfort and improve safety.
Adding this project to the TIP allows MTA to apply for the following federal funding: $29.6 million in federal Section 5307 funds in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2017, and $3.6 million in federal CMAQ funds in FY 2017. The state will add $8.3 million in non-federal matching funds for this project.
UPDATES TO EXISTING PROJECTS IN THE TIP
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) asked the BRTB to update the following projects in the TIP to reflect funding changes:
Kirk Bus Facility Replacement – Phase I and II
The purpose of this modernization project is to construct a new Kirk Bus Division transportation and storage building to accommodate approximately 175 buses, including articulated / hybrid vehicles. The new Kirk Bus Division will replace the existing facility, originally constructed in 1947, and will allow for all MTA bus operations to take place inside new facilities to address community concerns related to bus visibility, noise and emissions. Phase 1: Maintenance Building construction began fall 2013 and expected to be complete in 2015. Phase 2: Transportation / Storage Building construction is expected to begin fall 2015 and be complete in 2017.
MTA is asking that the BRTB amend the TIP to reflect a new funding mix, including the addition of $26.1 million in Section 5307 funding and $5.8 million in Section 5339 funds.
Metro Railcar Overhaul and Emergency Repairs Project
This amendment would add $7.1 million in Section 5307 funding for the Metro Railcar Overhaul and Emergency Repairs project. This amendment would allow pending grant modifications to be processed by the FTA. The funds would be used to repair damaged railcar vehicles and upgrade, overhaul, and/or install new vehicle systems.
SHA Areawide Safety and Spot Improvements Project
This ongoing program provides localized improvements to address safety and/or operational issues on state highways. This includes projects dealing with bypass lanes, acceleration and deceleration lanes, turn lanes, rail crossings, intersection safety improvements, pavement markers ADA improvements, guardrails and roundabouts.
SHA requests an additional $12 million in National Highway Performance Program funds (with a $3 million state match) in fiscal year 2015 for Regional Safety and Spot Improvements.
Public Review and Comment
A public review period was held from Thursday, October 9 through Monday, November 10, 2014. During this time, a public meeting was held on Wednesday, November 5* from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presentations will be made at 4:30 p.m. – in conjunction with the BRTB Public Advisory Committee’s Policy and Legislation Subcommittee –and at 5:30 p.m. Comments were also welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity of the BRTB meetings on October 28 at 4:30 p.m. and November 25 at 9 a.m.
No public comments were received during this comment period.
* Notice: The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws. Appropriate services can be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities or those in need of language assistance who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Call 410-732-0500.
For more information:
Additional Resources and Background Information
- Baltimore City Plans Study to Determine the Future of the Hanover Street Bridge Corridor
- Baltimore Sun: Baltimore awarded $1.1 million grant to study Hanover Street corridor
- MDOT: Kirk Bus Division Modernization Project – Phase II
- New Kirk Bus Division - Environmental Assessment, March 2011