BALTIMORE, MD (July 31, 2018) – The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments through Friday, August 31, on updates to Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan and the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for two Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) projects. BRTB proposes amendments for:
Funding updates to the I-95 Express Toll Lane Northbound Extension project; and
The addition of a new project, I-95 Port Covington Access Improvements.
The BRTB is scheduled to vote on these amendments on Tuesday, September 25, at 9 a.m.
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 2019-2022 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes more than $3.2 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.
Updates occur in Maximize2040 and the 2019-2022 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.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) works collaboratively with the chief elected officials in the region to create initiatives to improve the quality of life and economic vitality. BMC, as the Baltimore region’s council of governments, hosts the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), the federal metropolitan planning organization (MPO), and supports local government by coordinating efforts in a range of policy areas including emergency preparedness, housing, cooperative purchasing, environmental planning and workforce development.
BMC’s Board of Directors includes the executives of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford and Howard counties, the mayor of the City of Baltimore, a member of the Carroll County and Queen Anne’s County boards of commissioners, a member of the Maryland State Senate, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, and a gubernatorial appointee from the private sector.