2018 - 2021 Transportation Improvement Program
$3 Billion in Transportation Projects Open for Public Comment through Friday, June 23
BRTB considers approval of the draft 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, June 23 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on these documents on Tuesday, July 25.
Details about these plans and how to comment are available below. Print copies of the documents also are available for review at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s Regional Information Center.
2018 – 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
The 2018—2021 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes more than $3 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes toward maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained.
Select projects throughout the region in the draft 2018-2021 TIP include:
- Regionally: Improving Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) infrastructure, facilities and vehicles, and providing assistance for Locally Operated Transit Systems; and improving State Highway Administration (SHA) roads and bridges including environmental and aesthetic enhancements, congestion management, bridge rehabilitation, resurfacing, and localized improvements to address safety issues.
- Anne Arundel County: Widening MD 175, from the National Business Parkway to McCarron Court, as part of a larger project to address congestion near Fort George G. Meade; adding an eastbound lane on the Severn River/Pearl Harbor Memorial Bridge; constructing a new section of Hanover Road, between Ridge and New Ridge roads; improving Mountain Road, between Catherine Avenue and Edwin Raynor Boulevard; and repairing or replacing five local bridges, including the Polling House Road Bridge over Rock Branch.
- Baltimore City: Improving the streetscape along Belair Road; reconstructing Greenmount Avenue, from 29th to 43rd streets; repairing the Hanover Street draw bridge deck; improving the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Howard Street; and replacing the bridges carrying Russell Street and the Monroe Street Ramp over CSX.
- Baltimore County: Rehabilitating or replacing 13 local bridges; improving the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), including adding a lane on the outer loop of I-695, from US 40 to MD 144, and conducting a study on several bridges at the interchange of I-695 and I-70; and funding the design of the widening of I-795, from four to six lanes, between Owings Mills and Franklin boulevards, including a new interchange at the existing Pleasant Hill Road overpass.
- Carroll County: Improving MD 30* Business in Hampstead by reconstructing the existing roadway with ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, storm water management, landscaping, and traffic signals; replacing a bridge at MD 86, over the Gunpowder Falls, and MD 496, over Big Pipe Creek; and eight local bridge projects including two new projects at Bear Run and Hughes Shop roads.
- Harford County: Reconstructing the intersection at U.S. 40 and MD 7/MD 159, and widening U.S. 40 in the vicinity of the intersection; Reconstructing two intersections along MD 22 at Beards Hill and Paradise roads, and the widening of MD 22, from four to six lanes between these intersections; and repairing or replacing seven local bridges, including the Abingdon Road Bridge over the CSX Railroad near Pulaski Highway.
- Howard County: Widening MD 32, from two lanes to four lanes, from MD 108 to I-70; preliminary engineering for peak hour shoulder use on I-95 between MD 32 and MD 100; and widening and adding sidewalks to Snowden River Parkway, from Broken Land Parkway to Oakland Mills Road.
Please view the draft 2018-2021 TIP through BRTB’s interactive project map. The draft 2018-2021 TIP also is available in PDF format for download:
Projects in the TIP are also available to review in pdf by project sponsor, either a local jurisdiction or state agency.
* Note: SHA has requested to adjust funding levels in the draft 2018-2021 TIP for the MD 30 Business: North Woods Trail to CSX Railroad (Hampstead Community Safety & Enhancement) project (TIP ID #64-1401-19). Project funding has increased due to recently received bids and a greatly increased Maintenance of Traffic plan. The roadway will remain open in at least one direction at all times during construction. Total costs in the draft 2018-2021 TIP increase from $14.063 million to $25.278 million. The estimated total project cost increases from $19.977 million to $30.603 million.
Analysis of Air Quality Conformity
The Baltimore region has been designated as not meeting the National Ambient Air Quality 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 draft 2018-2021 TIP for the Baltimore region and the long-range projects in Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan (as amended). The report addresses ground-level ozone, a criteria pollutant.
The conformity results show that implementation of these projects will not worsen the region’s air quality or delay the timely attainment of national air quality standards.
Share Your Thoughts
Public comments are welcome from Tuesday, May 23, through Friday, June 23. The public participation process for the TIP will also meet the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) public participation requirements for the MTA’s Program of Projects (POP).
Those interested in commenting on projects may do so publicly during the following meetings:
- Wednesday, June 7, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. at the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, located at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230
Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 27 and Tuesday, July 27 (scheduled vote).
Please view these presentations online if you cannot attend the meetings.
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 21230r
For more information:
Contact Regina Aris, assistant transportation director, by email email@example.com, or by phone at 410-732-0500 ext. 1046.
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.