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Transit & Human Service Transportation Coordination

Transit Planning

Transit services in the Baltimore region, including bus, subway, light rail and commuter rail, play a major role in alleviating congestion and improving air quality, while promoting land use and development goals. Transit is an integral part of the transportation management system along with ridesharing and bicycling. BMC staff analyze regional ridership trends and forecasts, coordinate long-term planning of major transit improvements, and organize programs to promote greater use of transit as a commute alternative. Transit operators are represented on the BRTB and also work together to share best practices for improving short-term operations and to highlight long-term funding needs.

BMC staff provides demographic data, travel demand modeling and overall analysis to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and local transit agencies that focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of current systems, as well as identifying opportunities to increase service in the region. BMC provides a regional perspective is provided to transit agencies when they update their Transit Development Plans, assists with planning activities such as an access to rails study, a transit needs assessment, and coordination between state and local services.

Recent Transit Planning Activities:

Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning

Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) was established by presidential executive order in 2004 to coordinate projects funded through federal programs that support lifeline transit service for disadvantaged populations.

The BRTB is responsible for facilitating the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) process for the Baltimore region. The BRTB works with MTA to review applications and make recommendations for the Section 5310 Program, or Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and People with Disabilities.

Coordinating Bus Transfer Locations

Following a major redesign of all bus routes by the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), an effort was launched by the BRTB to look at the bus stops shared by MDOT MTA and local transit operators in the region. A report was published that identified these shared locations and identified opportunities for improvement. A subsequent report was completed that presents guidelines for placing new bus stops in the region.

Older Planning Activities:

Access to Rails Study (2011)

The Baltimore Region Transportation Board (BRTB) utilized consultant services for an inventory of conditions and an analysis of the bicycle and pedestrian accommodations around the Baltimore Region’s rail stations. The inventory led to the development of recommendations and costs for improvements proximate to the region’s sixty stations. The BMC sought a 3 mile radius of coverage for bicyclists and a 0.6 mile radius for pedestrians at each station. Due to rail station locations in the region, there was considerable overlap between the areas of coverage for stations. An ArcGIS geodatabase was created.