Amendments to BRTB Bylaws
In August 2014, The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) conducted a 30-day public review period on proposed amendments to its bylaws to reflect several changes. On Tuesday, September 23, 2014 the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board voted to approve Resolution #15-5 and amend their bylaws with these changes.
The BRTB is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region. All transportation projects and programs that receive federal funding in the region must go through the BRTB’s planning process.
Key changes were made to the following sections:
- Article III, Sections I & II - Add a representative of public transportation as a voting member and describe their role
This change meets the requirement of Public Law 112-141: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) to select and include a Representative of Public Transportation as a voting member of the MPO.
- Article IV - Change the name of the Citizens Advisory Committee
This change addresses the guidance related to Public Law 112-141: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) to refrain from the use of the word “citizen.” This change is proposed in order to promote inclusion and participation and avoid confusion of the term “citizens” with U.S. citizenship, as U.S. citizenship is not a requirement of participation in the BRTB committees or the metropolitan planning process.
- Article V, Section I - Maintain a minimum of eleven meetings per year, given there are sufficient action items to warrant a meeting
The previous bylaws required that the BRTB meet no less than eleven times per year, but it also states that meetings shall be held whenever sufficient agenda items require the attention of the BRTB members. This change updated the language to allow for the cancellation of meetings should there not be sufficient action items to warrant a meeting.
Additional changes were also made to the mission section of the bylaws, the sections on the Technical Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), as well as a number of other miscellaneous corrections or changes.
Public Review and Comment
Comments were also welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meeting at 9 a.m. on September 23 (tentative vote).