BRTB reviews and updates the plan every four years

Open for Public Review

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments through Thursday, May 24, on a draft of the Public Participation Plan. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the amendments on Tuesday, June 26 at 9 a.m. Details of the amendments and comment period are below.

ABOUT THE BRTB’S PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN

The Public Participation Plan serves as a guide for residents in the Baltimore region to navigate the public process, while also outlining the policies and procedures to ensure that those coordinating the planning process engage the public. The mission of the Public Participation Plan is to provide an open process that offers reasonable access to information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and support for early and continued involvement of stakeholders.

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN?

The draft of the Public Participation Plan updates information detailed in a previous version based on Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act a federal law that authorizes transportation funding, to address such things as new technologies and a review of the most effective public involvement practices.

The 2018 draft Public Participation Plan includes the following changes:

1. Updated list of interested parties

Recent updates to federal Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) regulations expanded the list of interested parties that the BRTB must engage to include:
  • Public Ports,
  • Private providers of transportation (including intercity bus operators, employer-based commuting programs, such as carpool program, vanpool program, transit benefit program, parking cash-out program, shuttle program, or telework program);
  • Travel and tourism agencies; and
  • Officials responsible for natural disaster risk reduction.

2. Updated process for the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRP)

The BRTB proposes the following policy change to amend the TIP and LRTP:

  • Any project proposed for inclusion in the TIP or long-range transportation plan that requires an air quality emissions analysis will automatically require a 30-day public review and public meeting.
  • All amendments, regardless of 30-day review, will go to the BRTB’s Technical Committee and BRTB for consideration and approval. A resolution with project information will be available online for the public to view five weeks prior to a BRTB vote.
  • The BRTB’s Executive Committee will continue to review and approve administrative modifications (minor amendments).

3. Inclusion of Queen Anne’s County to the BRTB membership

Other minor updates to the PPP were made, including the addition of Queen Anne’s County to the list of BRTB members and updating the regional map on Page 4.

View the draft Public Participation Plan

PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT

The public review period runs from Tuesday, April 10, through Thursday, May 24, 2018The BRTB invites the public to learn more and/or share comments on this project.

SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS

Comments are welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meeting on Tuesday, April 24, Tuesday, May 24, and Tuesday, June 26 (scheduled vote), at 9 a.m. To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments in writing to:

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

Fax: 410-732-8248
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Twitter: @BaltoMetroCo and @BmoreInvolvedusing the hashtag #BRTBlistens
Facebook: Baltimore Metropolitan Council and B’More Involved
Instagram: @BaltoMetroCo

For more information: For more information about the BRTB’s draft Public Participation Plan, please contact Monica Haines Benkhedda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-732-0500 x 1047.

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.

:: Download the Public Participation Plan in English or Spanish ::

One of the best ways to influence how our region will grow over the next 5, 10, or 20 years is to be involved! There are a number of ways you can get involved on a regional level, as well as locally. Here are some options to let you started:

  • Speak Out- Do you have a great idea? Want to let local elected officials know what you think? Here’s your chance to participate!
  • Attend Meetings – There’s no "I" in plan!  It can only be done when we all work together to identify what we want our region to be like in the future. Going to meetings is a great way to learn more, share your ideas, and meet other people who are interested in the same issues. Attend a meeting of the BRTB Public Advisory Committee or one of the other BRTB Committees
  • Read the BRTB's Public Participation Plan– The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is committed to meaningful public participation in the regional transportation planning process. Find out how. 
  • Connect Locally – While the Baltimore Metropolitan Council and the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board play a role in determining which projects are funded, many other organizations are involved in the decision making process. Many decisions about which projects are included in regional plans come from community input and participation. By getting involved locally, you help shape priorities and affect future funding decisions. Most importantly, the information you share with local leaders helps to ensure that investments reflect local and regional priorities.  Contact your local planning office to find out how to be involved or follow B'More Involved on Facebook and Twitter to get updates about local planning efforts.

We are all affected by transportation and we all have a hand in how it will work in the future. By getting involved, you help shape that future.

For more information:
Monica B. Haines Benkhedda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-732-0500 x1047.

A Citizen's Guide to Effective Participation in the Regional Transportation Planning Process is a great way to learn more about the regional transportation planning process and how you can be more effectively engaged.  The short video (6:25 minutes) provides:

  • An overview of what a regional transportation plan is and how it is developed
  • Why it is important for the public to be involved in the planning process
  • Steps to becoming engaged in the process
  • Questions to ask
  • How to provide effective comments
           
This video was produced by The Regional Transportation District in Denver, Co through a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.



This video, An Introduction to Metropolitan Transportation Planning, explains what a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is, who makes transportation decisions and how those decisions are made. It also explains the purpose of the three MPO documents: the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Long-Range Transportation Plan, and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and how each is prepared. 
 
    
     
This video is provided courtesy of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, the National Highway Institute, and the National Transit Institute. Copyright 2003 FHWA.

 We hope these videos provides you with important information about how you can be more involved! 

 

“Transportation is more than just asphalt, concrete and steel; it’s about PEOPLE.”

-- Rodney E. Slater, former Secretary of Transportation

Transportation Planning Impacts Everyone

If you walk, ride a bike, drive a car, or take a bus, train or airplane, you are impacted by transportation planning. And, although most people don’t think about it, almost all of the things you buy at a store are delivered by trucks, trains or air cargo.

Transportation in our region should reflect how transportation impacts you, your neighbor, and everyone else in the region. This can only be done if you get involved, learn how transportation planning works and voice your opinion. 

Why should I get involved?

You may have already been involved in supporting or opposing where a new road will be or whether bus service will be cut or added. While public participation in these projects is very important, transportation planning begins many years before these projects even get funded and are ready to go.

Once the bulldozer is on the road, there is a good chance that the project has been in the works for 10 or more years. At that point in the process, citizens can have more of an impact on HOW the project takes place rather than WHETHER it takes place. You might be able to have sidewalks added to a road project, for example. 

If you want to help determine WHETHER projects get funded you must get involved in long range transportation planning!

3 Things You Can Do

  • Learn– The transportation planning process can be complicated, but billions of dollars are at stake! Learn more about how transportation planning affects you, how the planning process works in our region, and what kinds of things you can do to make an impact.

  • Participate – There are many opportunities for public participation. You can be involved at the regional level, the local level, or based on the kind of issues you are interested in.

  • Speak Out – Tell others what you think and share the ideas you have on how we can make the transportation system and planning process even better.

We are all affected by transportation and we all have a hand in how it will work in the future. By getting involved, you help shape that future.

Additional Resources

 

For more information:
Monica B. Haines Benkhedda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 410-732-0500 x1047

 
 
Welcome to our kid’s fun page!  We have all kinds of cool stuff for you to do.  You can learn more about buses, cars, trucks, trains, boats, and more!   You can play games, take a quiz, color, or do a puzzle. 

But first, think about how you get around?  Do you take a bus or subway?  Ride a bike?  Walk to school?  Ride in a car? 

If you do any of these things, transportation is a part of your life!  We all need transportation in order to get around – even if we walk, we need sidewalks and safe places to cross the street.

Plus, all of the things that you buy from a store or local market are delivered by trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes!  Your clothes, your computer, your school books, and even the wood that was used to build your house – all of these things were moved from one place to another using transportation. 

       








Be a Hero! Disasters affect everyone. And so it takes everyone - youth, parents, and community members - to help prepare.






image: Kiss Logo KISS Brochure

Learn more about transportation on these cool websites:

  • Transportation in Maryland Kids Page - Check out these awesome photos and links to the the cool railroads, bridges, tunnels, and national highways of Maryland.

  • Steering Your Way To Bicycle Safety - Before you pull your bike out of the garage, read a little about bicycle safety - why it's so important and what you can do to ride safely.  

  • B&O Railroad Museum Kids Corner - The B&O Railroad Museum is committed to fostering education and a love of trains in children of all ages.  

  • Play It Safe!  My Traffic Safety Fun Book - Lots of great games and other good stuff for kids and parents. (NHTSA)

  • Walk To School Day / Bike to School Day - Walking promotes physical activity, learning safe walking skills and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

  • Family Travel Fun from the Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) 

    Coloring Page 1 Word Search  

  • Energy Kids - Games, activities, science fair experiments, and information on energy sources, how to save energy, and more.  Great resource for kids and teachers! 

  • Ready.Gov Kids Page - Are you ready for an emergency?  Check out these games, activities and more. Includes great resources for parents and educators too!

  • Let's Get Ready - Preparing for emergencies is something the whole family and community can do together! Help children remember important information, and create a family emergency kit and plan. These steps will go a long way in keeping children safe and secure. 
        
 

For Parents, Caregivers, and Educators

  • Safe Routes to School - By starting with children and the trip to school, communities become safe places for everyone to walk and bike. By creating safe places for everyone, communities take a major step towards meeting the national goal of ending traffic deaths on roads. 

  • A Parent's Guide to Playing It Safe with Kids and Cars (SafeCar.Gov) - is designed to equip you with easy-to-understand information about today’s vehicle safety features, car seats and how to keep your kids safe in and around vehicles.

  • Car Safety -  Here you’ll find information and resources to keep your loved ones safe on the road, in and around cars. 

  • Maryland Child Passenger Safety 

  • Clean Air Partners On the Air Curriculum - The On the Air curriculum facilitates the understanding of air pollution by studying: Criteria Air Pollutants, the Air Quality Index, Ozone, Particulate Matter, the Health Effects of Air Pollution, Community Sources and Solutions of Air Pollution and Climate Change.

  • Transportation and Health Tool - The Transportation and Health Tool (THT) was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide easy access to data that practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems.

  • NTSB Safety Alerts - Take action to improve your safety and the safety of your family and friends by following the suggestions in these NTSB Safety Alerts

  • Additional Child Safety Resources  
 

 
For more information or to add a resource:   Monica B. Haines Benkhedda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-732-0500 x1047



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