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Maximize2040 Final Plan

BRTB thanks the public for sending comments on Draft Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan, Air Quality Report, and amendments to the short-range Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 

Quicklinks:  Maximize2040   |   Transportation Improvement Program Amendments   |   Air Quality Conformity Determination   |   Public Comment Period   |  For More Information


The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed public comments on the draft of Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan, two amendments to the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the Air Quality Conformity Determination Report from September 1 through October 15, 2015. 

On November 24, 2015, the BRTB voted to approve Maximize2040 and the corresponding Air Quality Conformity Determination via BRTB Resolution #16-9. It also voted to approve two amendments to the TIP via BRTB Resolution #16-7 and BRTB Resolution #16-8


Flyer - We Have a Plan To Improve Transportation For You - What Do You Think?Maximize2040 contains a list of the major surface transportation projects the region expects to implement. This plan, a federal requirement for surface transportation, will serve as the blueprint for fiscally constrained transportation planning in the Baltimore region from the years 2020 through 2040. The plan also establishes the region’s broad transportation goals and performance measures, which will serve as guiding principles as the region plans and carries out projects.

Maximize2040 is a carefully selected mix of projects, developed over a two-year period, which takes into account anticipated funding levels through 2040, and future trends and demographics. They promote transportation safety, improve accessibility and mobility, encourage investments in existing communities, and maintain or improve air and water quality.

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List of Chapters  |  Appendices

BRTB Response to Comments   |   Comments Received

Overview   |    StoryMap  |     Executive Summary  |   Flyer (English)    |   Flyer (Spanish)


Select projects and estimated costs throughout the region in Maximize2040include:

Throughout the Baltimore Region:

  • Road widening of I-695, from I-95 to MD 122, and from I-95 to I-83, for $1.49 billion.
  • Road widening of MD 295, from I-195 to MD 100, for $287 million.
  • The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) MARC Growth and Investment Plan, a $668 million project to improve train mainline capacity, maintenance facilities and station areas.
  • $155 million set aside for potential Complete Streets, bike and pedestrian initiatives.

Anne Arundel County:

  • Reconstructing and widening U.S. 50, from I-97 to MD 2 for $353 million.
  • Widening MD 175 from the Howard County line to MD 170 for $274 million.

Baltimore County:  Widening I-795, from Franklin to Owings Mills boulevards; adding auxiliary lanes to Owings Mills Boulevard; and adding a new interchange at Dolfield Boulevard for $219 million.

Carroll County:  Widening MD 32, from MD 26 to the Howard County line; and adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities for $189 million.

Harford County:   Widening MD 22, from MD 543 to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Gate; adding an HOV lane from Old Post Road to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Gate; and creating bicycle and pedestrian access where applicable for $537 million.

Howard County:  Adding a Bus Rapid Transit project for $480 million on U.S. 29, from Mt. Hebron to MD 198.

Baltimore City:  

  • Improving Moravia Road, from Belair Road to Sinclair Lane, with $12 million in upgrades to the roadway, curbs, sidewalks, streetscape and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) elements.
  • Constructing the Bayview MARC station, a $73 million new station on Lombard Street at Bayview Boulevard.

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List of Chapters  |  Appendices

BRTB Response to Comments   |   Comments Received

Overview   |    StoryMap  |     Executive Summary  |   Flyer (English)    |   Flyer (Spanish)


Transportation Improvement Program Amendments

The 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding. It includes more than $2.5 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.

Amendments occur in the TIP because of changes to project scope and funding or changes to federal documentation polices. Public comment periods and meetings aim to keep communication open regarding these changes.

Below, the BRTB provides summary information of the projects and changes to the TIP:

  • The MTA proposes updating the TIP to reflect the Baltimore Red Line project, a $2.65 billion 14.1-mile light rail transit line, will no longer move forward.

    At this time, the only funds being shown in the TIP are Fiscal Year 2016 state funds in the amount of $4.5 million, which will be used to close out the project. The 2016-2019 TIP Baltimore Red Line project previously allocated a total of $800 million in funding. 

Baltimore Red Line TIP Sheet

  • Baltimore City proposes adding to the TIP a new project, the $6.8 million East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) Road Reconstruction. This project encompasses four square blocks north of the Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore campus at Chase and McDonogh Streets and Rutland Avenue. The roadway and infrastructure improvements are intended to support expected community and business redevelopment.

    The project utilizes funds from two SAFETEA-LU earmarks. The project allocates in both FY 2016 and FY 2017 a total of $2.72 million in federal funding and $680,000 in matching funding.


Air Quality Conformity Determination Report 

The Baltimore region does not meet Clean Air Standards and so must review its current transportation plan and program to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP). The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report details a comprehensive analysis of effects of the amended 2016-2019 TIP for the Baltimore region and the long-range projects in Maximize2040. The report addresses the following criteria pollutants: ozone, fine particulate matter and carbon monoxide.

Air Quality Conformity Report   |   Appendices

Public Comment Period 

A public comment period was held from September 1 through October 15, 2015.  

BRTB Response to Comments   |   Comments Received

Calendar Icon in Red CircleDuring the comment period, six public meetings were held in locations around the region: 

  • Tuesday, September 15– 6 to 8 p.m. at the George Howard Building - Ellicott Room (3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043) 
  • Monday, September 21 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  at the Carroll County Office Building (Room 003, 225 North Center Street, Westminster, MD 21157) 
  • Monday, September 28 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Emergency Operations Center (2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050) 
  • Wednesday, September 30 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Annapolis High School Cafeteria (2700 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401) 
  • Wednesday, October 7 – 7 to 9 p.m. at the Baltimore County Planning Department (Jefferson Bldg., 105 W. Chesapeake Ave, 1st Floor Hearing Room, Towson, MD 21204)
  • Thursday, October 8 – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Benton Building(417 E. Fayette Street, 3rd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202) 

In addition, a Town Call ( online or by phone) was held on Thursday, October 1 – 12 to 1 p.m. 

Comments were welcome by mail, email, survey, comment card, and on Twitter at @BaltoMetroCo, @BmoreInvolved, @Maximize2040, and with the hashtag #BRTBlistens

Comments were also welcome in person at outreach events and during the Public Comment Opportunity during the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, November 24 at 9 a.m. (scheduled vote).  

For more information:

  • Maximize2040 – Terry Freeland, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-732-0500 x1028
  • 2016-2019 TIP amendments – Zach Kaufman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-732-0500 x1048
  • Air Quality Conformity Determination – Sara Tomlinson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 410-732-0500 x1035
  • Public Participation – 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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Maximize2040 Sections 

Maximize2040 Appendices



Last Updated on Thursday, 26 October 2017 15:50