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BRTB News

BMC Newsroom

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, July 17 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination.

New this year, is an interactive project map, in which the public can view projects and offer comments, and a Storymap which provides an overview of these documents. 

Draft 2021-2024 TIP | Air Quality Conformity Determination | How to Comment

Draft 2021 – 2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The draft 2021-2024 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes $4.26 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes toward maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. These projects support regional goals such as accessibility, safety, and prosperity. Funding identified in the TIP is based on funding reasonably expected to be available from local, state, and federal sources.

The draft 2021-2024 TIP includes 140 projects, 24 of which are new. Highlights include:

  • Anne Arundel County is dedicating $14 million in funding for a multi-modal transportation center in Parole to serve existing local and regional bus service, with possible future connectivity to modes such as bikeshare, carshare, and ridehailing services;
  • In Baltimore City, several new projects focus on increasing bicycle and pedestrian access, including:
    • constructing an on-street cycle track on Bush Street in South Baltimore;  
    • installing an on-street cycle track and/or buffered bike lanes on Eutaw Place near Druid Hill Park;
    • building a 2 mile protected cycle track along either Wolfe or Washington Street in East Baltimore; and
    • constructing a pedestrian and cyclist trail between the Inner Harbor cycle track and the Middle Branch Trail as part of the Baltimore Greenway Loop that connects Baltimore City's major parks.
  • Baltimore County is using $2 million in federal and local funds to purchase vehicles and signage for the Towson Circulator – a new fixed route service in Towson.
  • Carroll County is dedicating federal and local funding to 9 essential bridge improvements. In addition, MDOT SHA plans to complete a project in 2021 focused on improving MD 30 Business in Hampstead by reconstructing the existing roadway with ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, stormwater management, landscaping, and traffic signals.
  • Howard County is moving forward with a $26 million project that widens Marriottsville Road from two to four lanes between US 40 and MD 99, including replacing the existing two lane bridge over I-70.
  • MDOT SHA is dedicating $281 million in the draft 2021-2024 TIP for the expansion of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), including conversion of the inside shoulder into a new travel lane from I-70 to MD 43, reconfiguring the interchange of I-695 and I-70, and adding a lane on the outer loop of I-695, from US 40 to MD 144.
  • The Maryland Port Administration is partnering with CSX to leverage federal funding to reconstruct the 125-year-old Howard Street Tunnel in order to create double-stack rail access to and from the Port of Baltimore.
  • The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Baltimore City are collaborating on changes to seven miles of I-95 and sections of Hanover Street, McComas Street and Key Highway. The project seeks to address traffic needs and support ongoing and planned redevelopment of the Port Covington peninsula in South Baltimore.
  • MDTA continues its expansion of the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) by dedicating over $774 million in toll revenues towards implementation of the first phase of the I-95 Section 200 Northbound Extension in Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Please view the draft 2021-2024 TIP through the BRTB’s interactive project map. The draft 2021–2024 TIP is also available in PDF format for download:

21-24TIP map

Draft 2021-2024 TIP

Introduction and Background  |  Financial Plan

Projects by jurisdiction: Low-income and Minority Concentration  |  Appendices

Projects in the draft TIP are also available to review in pdf format by project sponsor, either a local jurisdiction or state agency:

Anne Arundel County  |  Baltimore City  |  Baltimore County

Carroll County  |  Harford County  |  Howard County

Maryland Port Administration  |  Maryland Transportation Authority

MDOT MTA  |  MDOT SHA and the Office of the Secretary

Analysis of Air Quality Conformity

The Baltimore region does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and so must review its current transportation plans and programs to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP).

The Air Quality Conformity Determination report details a comprehensive analysis of Baltimore region mobile source emissions as a result of implementing the draft 2021-2024 TIP. Highlights of the report include:

  • Staff from BMC and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) used the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) 2014a model, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze the amount of mobile source emissions generated from vehicle travel associated with the implementation of the projects in the draft TIP.
  • The report addresses mobile source emissions of VOC and NOx, which are precursors of ground-level ozone emissions.
  • New Round 9A forecasts for population, housing, and employment in the Baltimore region were used for this conformity analysis.
  • Data about the types and purpose of vehicles, fuel data, and meteorological data from 2017 were used as input into the analysis.
  • This Conformity Determination shows that transit ridership is projected to increase in the horizon years.
  • Projected mobile source emissions for draft 2021-2024 TIP are well below the motor vehicle emission budgets set in the state implementation plan, or SIP.
  • Implementation of the projects proposed in the draft 2021-2024 TIP will not worsen the region’s air quality or delay the timely attainment of national air quality standards.

Why is an air quality analysis needed?

  • The Baltimore region is a "marginal" nonattainment area for the ground-level ozone standard set in 2015. This means that levels of ozone pollution in the air are slightly higher than the federally allowable amount of 70 parts per billion (ppb).
  • The level of ozone that the region experienced in 2019 as a "design value", or the value that the US EPA uses to determine whether a region is reaching the standard, was 75 ppb. As a result, the region is not attaining the standard and the BRTB must conduct a conformity determination.
  • The air quality analysis evaluates whether the transportation projects in a region's TIP and Plan would hinder the progress of that region attaining the air quality standard.

The conformity determination is available in PDF format for download:

Conformity Determination | Appendices

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, July 17, 2020. The BRTB will vote on these documents on Tuesday, August 25.

MDOT MTA, in lieu of a separate mandated public comment period, has exercised its option to use the procedures of the BRTB’s public involvement process for the 2021-2024 TIP. The public participation process for the TIP meets the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) public participation requirements for MDOT MTA’s Program of Projects (POP).

View Public Comments Received | View BRTB Response to Comments

Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the draft 2021-2024 TIP and Air Quality Conformity may view our Storymap or join us for a:

Join these meetings by using: Computer, Tablet or Smartphone or dial in by phone 877-309-2073 or 571-317-3129 and enter Access Code: 563-035-189.

View a recording of the public meeting

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments in writing to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER MAIL FAX
BRTB Comment Form comments@baltometro.org @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBlistens
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-732-8248

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, Tuesday, July 28, or Tuesday, August 25 (scheduled vote).

For more information:

Contact Regina Aris, assistant transportation director, by email at raris@baltometro.org, or by phone at 410-732-9572.

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.


 
BMC Newsroom

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments on its draft Budget & Work Program for Fiscal Years 2020-2021 through Thursday, March 12, 2020.

The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the final Budget & Work Program on Friday, May 1, 2020

What is the UPWP?

The BRTB’s Budget & Work Program is known as the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Transportation Planning. It is a federal requirement that details projects, studies and other activities to be completed by BRTB members and staff of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC).

The BRTB develops this list of regional transportation planning activities every two fiscal years. This addendum includes an updated budget for FY 2021 of $8,901,750.

UPWP funds support staff for regional planning activities with some consultant assistance. New projects for FY 2021 include:

  • Transportation and Land Use Connection Grants - Provide short-term consultant services to local jurisdictions for small planning projects that either improve access to existing communities and regional generators of economic activity or promote mixed-use, walkable communities and that support a variety of transportation alternatives. This is directly related to several strategies the BRTB adopted in developing the regional long-range transportation plan, Maximize2045.
  • Patapsco Regional Greenway – Funds consultant services to advance the design and planning for a second segment of the Patapsco Regional Greenway, a proposed 30-mile trail from Sykesville in Carroll County to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
  • Baltimore Region Transit Governance and Funding – Study, analyze and recommend alternative governance and funding models for the Baltimore area transit system to the current state-led model. Identify potential approaches that more equitably distribute governing and funding responsibilities, improve performance, accountability and increased ridership on Baltimore’s transit system. This proposed project is an outgrowth of the Regional Transit Plan for Central Maryland.
  • Transit Priority Screening – Evaluate up to three corridors where local transit operates to see if travel time is improved by providing priority to transit vehicles at certain intersections controlled by traffic signals.
  • Infrastructure in a Changing Climate – To address impacts that are already evident, this task will develop the Resource Toolkit for Planning, Operating, and Maintaining Local Infrastructure in a Changing Climate. The Toolkit will provide ways that operations and maintenance departments could consider climate change in their decisions today and in coming years to ensure operations remain as efficient as possible, while considering impacts on resources, staff, and on our community.

View the Addendum to the FY 2020-2021 UPWP or a list of Frequently Asked Questions

Download the Budget & Work Program for FY 2020-2021 or visit BMC to view a printed copy.

B’More Involved

The public is invited to provide feedback on these proposed regional transportation planning activities through Thursday, March 12, 2020.

To learn more about the UPWP and the proposed updated budget and projects, please view the recording below of the virtual public meeting held on Wednesday, February 19 at noon.

Virtual Public Meeting

Please send all comments in writing to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER MAIL FAX
BRTB Comment Form comments@baltometro.org @BaltoMetroCo   
@BmoreInvolved 
#BRTBlistens
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-732-8248

 

The public may also provide feedback during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB monthly meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 25, Tuesday, March 24, or before the vote at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, May 1. at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC), located at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230.

View:

The BRTB is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for transportation in the region. BMC provides the BRTB with staff support.

The BRTB 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.
 

The BRTB Updates Regional Bicycle Facilities Map

We are proud to announce that the Regional Bicycle Facilities Map is up to date. Originally launched in February 2019, this data product enhances bicycle commuting planning in the Baltimore region. This latest release updates the map for 2019 and adds data for Queen Anne’s County.

The Regional Bicycle Facilities Map contains all existing bicycle trails and lanes in the Baltimore region. The focus of the data is on commuting, rather than recreational cycling. It will enable better transportation planning by allowing planners to identify gaps in connectivity among existing bicycle trails and lanes.

BRTB Co-Hosts Annual Traffic Signal Forum

Information includes location, facility type, side of road, trail or road name (if applicable), and speed limit (if applicable). Bicycle trails that do not aid in commuting, such as a small loop in a park, may not be represented on the Regional Bicycle Facility Map.

The new data can be accessed through an online mapping application. For planners and advanced data users, the raw GIS data is available on BMC’s website.

The Regional Bicycle Facilities Map is a collaborative product of BMC, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board’s (BRTB’s) Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Group (BPAG), county planning and GIS partners from the Baltimore region, the Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Department of Transportation, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

View the updated map

BMC and BRTB co-host the 2019 AMPO Annual Conference

The week of October 21-25, the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) along with the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), hosted the 2019 AMPO Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. The Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO) is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of “metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)” nationwide.

Over 320 representatives of MPOs from across the country attended the Annual Conference, along with Policy Board Members, Federal and State employees, and consultants who shared information on MPO issues.

The conference included workshops and sessions to share best practices of regional efforts to advance sustainable, multi-modal transportation planning. These sessions and workshops included topics such as environmental justice, the future of transportation, transportation planning capacity building, MPO roles and relevancy, accessibility, public involvement, funding and financing, and data.

Highlights of the conference included addresses by the Federal Highway Administrator Nicole Nason, MDOT Deputy Secretary R. Earl Lewis and the Baltimore City DOT Director Steve Sharkey.

Also of note, BMC’s Director of Transportation Planning, Todd Lang, was re-elected to the nine member AMPO Board of Directors during the conference.

BMC and BRTB were pleased to host this year’s gathering that welcomed national and regional experts to greater Baltimore, and highlighted the great work of MPOs throughout the Country.

BRTB Co-Hosts Annual Traffic Signal Forum

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) along with the Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland (ITSMD) held its joint Annual Meeting and BRTB Traffic Signal Forum on Wednesday, October 16th at the Maritime Conference Center in Linthicum. The two events are held jointly every two years.

The forum welcomed a record breaking 250 attendees and examined the conference theme of Smart Mobility: Moving Safely, Moving Ahead. Guests included staff from local and state departments of transportation and public works, traffic engineers, signal engineers, planners, transportation system operators; private sector companies involved in consulting, providing/installing/maintaining/designing traffic signal equipment and ITS equipment, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and academia. The event also included 26 exhibitors from public and private sectors.

The forum commenced with a welcome video from Chrissy Nizer, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administrator and welcome keynote from Neil Pedersen, Executive Director of the Transportation Research Board. Pedersen provided an informative overview of completed research on strategies, challenges, and issues related to implementation of connected vehicle and automated vehicle technologies.

Following the opening address, the group split into two tracks of sessions. The first focused on transportation technologies, including emerging trends such as shared mobility and micro mobility (e-scooters) and transportation system management. The second focused on traffic signal operations, data, and technologies.

During lunch, keynote speaker Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA) provided information from a national perspective related to transportation technologies and priorities for reauthorization of federal transportation legislation, which expires in September of 2020.

The final plenary session was a panel on smart mobility featuring representatives from CISCO, Ford, BOSCH, and Lyft, who shared their perspectives and observations of implementing emerging technologies and new forms of mobility.

The day concluded with an exhibitor-sponsored reception, which provided more time for networking and discussions with exhibitors.

Guests received a wealth of new information, training, discussion and networking as a result of the Joint ITSMD Annual Meeting and BRTB Traffic Signal Forum.

BRTB Co-Hosts Annual Traffic Signal Forum
BRTB Issues Response Public Comments on Maximize2045

On behalf of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, thank you to everyone who sent comments and attended our series of public meetings on Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan, the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the Air Quality Conformity Determination.

Over 200 projects estimated at $15 billion are part of two regional transportation investment plans covering the next 25 years. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on these plans at their next meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at the Randallstown Community Center (3505 Resource Dr, Randallstown, MD 21133).  Visit maximize2045.com to learn more. 

Maximize 2045 Comment Responses News Item

RESPONSE TO COMMENTS

The BRTB is continually striving to improve the transportation planning process based on the comments received to deliver effective plans and programs. As such, all comments received have been considered by the BRTB members.

A response to all comments has been published by the BRTB and can be viewed via the link below.  

Those who wish to make additional comments prior to the BRTB's vote on Maximize2045 may do so during the public comment opportunity at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23.  

View the record of comments and the BRTB's Response to Comments

BMC Newsroom

TRANSPORTATION MATTERS; SO DOES YOUR OPINION.

BRTB seeks public comments on regional transportation plans totaling over $15 billion in projects

You have the chance to help shape the future by sharing your thoughts on $15.66 billion in key transportation projects planned for the region over the next 25 years.

Over 200 projects are part of two transportation plans open for public comment from Thursday, May 9 through Tuesday, June 18.

Maximize 2045  |  2020-2023 TIP  |  Air Quality Report  |  Share your thoughts

The projects are part of two regional transportation investment plans covering the next 25 years:  Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan and the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Also available for review is the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on these documents on Tuesday, July 23.

Let the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) know what you think about its plans to invest in the future of transportation. Details are below. 

About Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan

Maximize2045: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan is a regional long-range transportation plan that seeks to make the best use of—or maximize—the resources that make up and support the Baltimore region’s transportation system.

Maximize2045 contains a list of major capital transportation projects totaling $12 billion, which the region expects to implement from 2024 to 2045. Maximize2045 includes $65 billion in planned investment overall, with $53 billion allocated for operations and preservation of transportation systems in the region. The plan also establishes the region's broad transportation goals and performance measures, which serve as guiding principles as the region plans and carries out projects. Developed over a two-year period, Maximize2045 takes into account anticipated funding levels through 2045, and future trends and demographics.

Download Maximize2045 Chapters:

T.O.C./Exec. Summary/Ch.1 - Requirements | Ch. 2 – Factors & Trends/Ch. 3 – Emerging Tech.

Ch. 4 – Goals/Ch. 5 – Perf. Meas. | Ch. 6 – Financial Plan/Ch. 7 – Major Capital Projects

Download Appendices:

App. A – Glossary/App. B – Project Eval.   |   App. C – Potential Effects

App. D – Congestion Mgmt./App. E – Public Outreach

About the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program* details more than $3.66 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for maintaining, operating and expanding highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian networks during the next four years. The TIP is fiscally constrained.

View the draft 2020-2023 TIP through BRTB’s interactive project map or:

Download the 2020-2023 TIP  |  Introduction and Background  |  Financial Plan 

Projects by jurisdiction: Environmental Justice |  Appendices

Projects in the TIP are also available to review in pdf by project sponsor, either a local jurisdiction or state agency.

Anne Arundel County  |  Baltimore City  |  Baltimore County   |  Carroll County  |  Harford County  |  Howard County

MDTA  |  MDOT MTA  |  Maryland Port Administration

MDOT SHA and the Office of the Secretary

Analysis of Air Quality Conformity

The Baltimore region has been designated as not meeting the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and so must review its current transportation plans and programs to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP). The Air Quality Conformity Determination report details a comprehensive analysis of effects that the draft 2020-2023 TIP and the draft Maximize2045 have on the Baltimore region. The report addresses ground-level ozone emissions.

The conformity results show that implementation of these projects will not worsen the region’s air quality or delay the timely attainment of national air quality standards.  

Read the Air Quality Conformity Determination |  Appendices

Share Your Thoughts

Thursday, May 9, through Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  Those interested in commenting on projects may do so during a public meeting:

Monday, May 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Harford County Government Center, Room 157 (220 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014
Accessible via Harford TransitLink  

Tuesday, May 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
Enoch Pratt Free Library - Pennsylvania Ave Branch (1531 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217)
Accessible via MDOT MD Transit Administration  

Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
Kent Island Senior Center (891 Love Point Rd, Stevensville, MD 21666)
Accessible via Queen Anne's County Ride  

Tuesday, June 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Arundel Mills Mall, Harmons Community Room (7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076)
Accessible via MDOT MD Transit Administration and Regional Transportation Agency (RTA)

Wednesday, June 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
CCBC Essex – Administrative Building (7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237)
Accessible via MDOT MD Transit Administration  

Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.   
Carroll County Government Center, Reagan Room #3 (225 N. Center St, Westminster, MD 21157)
Accessible via Carroll Transit

Monday, June 10 from noon to 1p.m. 
Online Meeting. Register to participate via computer, tablet or smartphone.

     - View the Maximize 2045 Virtual Meeting Presentation

Tuesday, June 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
Elkridge Public Library, Belmont/Hockley Room (6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075)
Accessible via MDOT MD Transit Administration and Regional Transportation Agency (RTA)

Light refreshments will be served and activities for children will be provided.

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, Tuesday, June 25, and Tuesday, July 23 (scheduled vote). Please check the BMC website for meeting locations.

To share your thoughts and ideas, submit all comments to:

Online: Via the BRTB Comment Form

Email:  comments@baltometro.org

Twitter: @BaltoMetroCo and @BmoreInvolved using the hashtag #BRTBlistens

Mail:     The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
              Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator
              1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
              Baltimore, MD 21230

Fax:       410-732-8248

For more information:

Contact Regina Aris, Assistant Transportation Director, by email raris@baltometro.org, or by phone at 410-732-.9572

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.

* The MTA, in lieu of a separate mandated public comment period has exercised its option to use the procedures of the BRTB’s public involvement process for the 2020-2023 TIP. The public participation process for the TIP will also meet the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) public participation requirements for the MTA’s Program of Projects (POP). 

Maximize2045

You have the chance to help shape the future by sharing your thoughts on $15 billion in key transportation projects planned for the region over the next 25 years.
 

Over 200 projects are part of two transportation plans that will be open for public comment from May 9 through June 18 - the Maximize2045 Long Range Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) will vote on these plans on July 23, 2019.

Let us know what you think about our plans to invest in the future of transportation at one of our public meetings.

Join Us for a Meeting in Your Community
 

Monday, May 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
Harford County Govt Ctr, Room 157 
220 S Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014

Tuesday, May 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Ave Branch*
1531 W North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217

Thursday, May 30 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
Kent Island Senior Center 
891 Love Point Rd, Stevensville, MD 21666

Tuesday, June 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
Arundel Mills Mall, Harmons Community Room 
7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076

Wednesday, June 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 
CCBC Essex. Administrative Building 
7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237

Thursday, June 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.  
Carroll County Govt Ctr, Reagan Room #3 
225 N. Center St, Westminster, MD 21157

Monday, June 10 from noon to 1p.m.  
Online Meeting- REGISTER at  https://bit.ly/2IVCzpG

Tuesday, June 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
Elkridge Public Library, Belmont/Hockley Room 
6540 Washington Blvd, Elkridge, MD 21075

Learn more at maximize2045.com or download a meeting flyer (English) or Spanish (en Español)

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Maximize2045

On behalf of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), thank you for your interest in our activities and efforts to update the region's long-range transportation plan - Maximize2045:  A Performance-Based Transportation Plan.  For many, the importance of the long-range transportation plan is the identification of major projects the region expects to implement over the next 20-25 years.

In late spring, the BRTB will release a draft Maximize2045, along with the 2020-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and related air quality analysis, for public review. We share with you our steps along the way and invite you to get involved in the process by learning more about the steps and staying tuned for upcoming events and the public comment period.

Beltway Traffic

How Projects are Evaluated

The BRTB approved a process for evaluating and scoring individual candidate projects for Maximize2045. This process is a tool the BRTB uses to compile a set of projects that will benefit the region based on its adopted goals and policies.

Aside from project scores and the need to maintain fiscal constraint, the BRTB considers other factors in establishing the list of projects for Maximize2045. These factors might include such considerations as how ready a project is to move forward in the project development process or how a project might address issues of particular local concern in a specific jurisdiction

A project’s total score consists of two parts:

  • a policy score that is a combination of (a) how much of a priority (high, medium, or low) a project is to the submitting jurisdiction or agency and (b) whether or not the project has received financial support from MDOT
  • a technical score based on criteria derived directly from the region’s adopted goals and policies.

The technical scoring criteria cover the following areas:

  • Roadway safety (does a project include features to reduce injuries and fatalities?)
  • Roadway accessibility (does a project incorporate Complete Streets features? does a project support access to an activity hub?)
  • Transit accessibility (does a project improve an existing transit station/stop or provide a new transit station/stop?)
  • Roadway mobility (will a project improve short- and long-term level of service?)
  • Transit mobility (does a project provide additional transit options focused on moving riders reliably and efficiently? is a project expected to increase the average number of daily transit riders?)
  • Environmental conservation (will a project avoid effects to ecologically significant lands or historic properties? does a project include features that reduce greenhouse gas emissions?)
  • Security (does a project fall on an existing evacuation route or improve a critical link to an existing evacuation route?)
  • Investment in priority areas (does a project lie within or connect to a Priority Funding Area or a designated Sustainable Community?)

This evaluation and scoring process supports the BRTB’s federally mandated responsibility to develop and carry out a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process for the metropolitan area.

Baltimore Map

Submitted Projects

BRTB members have submitted a list of projects they’d like to have included in Maximize2045.  Here are a few highlights: 

  • Freight related: Construct a full interchange at I-695 and Broening Highway
  • Bridge Preservation: Replace the Howard Street Bridge over I-83, rail lines, Falls Road, and the Jones Falls
  • Transit related: Add Bus Rapid Transit along U.S. 29 from Ellicott City / Downtown Columbia Transit Center to MD 198

Check out the full list of projects being evaluated

What's Next?

The next steps of the process to develop Maximize2045are:

  • Project Evaluation Results – Project Evaluation Results - BMC staff have evaluated the submitted projects and completed the technical review. Based on the combined policy and technical scores, the BRTB selected the best scoring projects that could be implemented over the next 20-25 years given the amount of money available. Using modeling and analytical tools, BMC staff are now determining the potential effects of these projects on the region’s transportation network. These tools include (a) travel demand modeling, (b) air quality conformity modeling (in coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment), (c) analyses to determine how the projects might benefit or burden Environmental Justice populations, and (d) consultations with resource agencies to identify issues related to potential effects on natural and cultural resources.
     
  • Draft Plan Released for Public Comments – A draft of the plan will be made public for a comment period during May and June 2019 and we’ll hold a public meeting in each jurisdiction in the Baltimore region. 
     
  • Respond to comments and vote on a final plan – The BRTB will then review and respond to public comments and vote on a final plan in July 2019. 
BRTB will Host Mobility Transportation Forum March 13, 2019

On behalf of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), the Baltimore Metropolitan Council invites you to the New Mobility Transportation Forum.

Innovative services that capitalize on mobile communications, cash payments, artificial intelligence, and big data — such as applications for ride-hailing; car, scooter, and bikeshare; and trip planning — are changing how we travel. Come hear and ask questions of National and local experts on the forces of change and recent technological and social trends that are impacting the way people and goods move and are propelling changes to public policy, regulations and site and curb design. Intended to bring together transit, auto, shared mobility, freight, and IT leaders to discuss opportunities and challenges and share state-of-the-art strategies that might help the Baltimore Region's transportation network better serve the Region.

  • Continental breakfast provided 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM.
  • Certified planners may earn certification maintenance credits (pending).

Agenda

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Date And Time

Wednesday, March 13, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Location

University of Baltimore
H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons Town Hall
1415 Maryland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

View Event Materials

Presentations and video from this event are provided in the box to the right.

Thank you for joining us.

Jake sion - transit Derek pankratz - Deloitte  Maggie Gendron - Lime William Burns - Spin Sandra Brecher - Montgomery County New Mobility Forum Video Video Overview