North Avenue Corridor Revitalization Project (2017-2020 TIP Amendment)
BRTB Approves update the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program
for North Avenue Rising corridor revitalization project
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed comments on an update to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Baltimore City’s joint North Avenue corridor revitalization project, known as North Avenue Rising, from Tuesday, September 6, through Friday, October 7, 2016. The BRTB voted to approve the amendment on Tuesday, October 25 via BRTB Resolution #17-10.
Details of the amendment and comment period are below.
ABOUT THE TIP
The 2017-2020 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes more than $2.71 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 to the 2017-2020 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.
ABOUT THE NORTH AVENUE CORRIDOR REVITALIZATION PROJECT
The MTA and Baltimore City requested of the BRTB an update to the 2017-2020 TIP to include as a new project, the revitalization of the North Avenue corridor (TIP ID # 42-1702-09).
This project will support economic revitalization along the 5-mile corridor through multimodal investments in bicycle, pedestrian and transit improvements. This includes dedicated bus lanes to improve travel speeds, as well as enhanced bus stops with upgrades to shelters, wayfinding and streetscaping.
This project utilizes federal TIGER discretionary grant program and Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. Money allocated for construction in FY 2017 includes: $10 million in TIGER funds, with $15.33 million in matching funds, and $1.6 million in STP funds, with $400,000 in matching funds. Baltimore City plans to contribute $1 million in matching funds, with the remainder coming from the state. The estimated total cost is $27.33 million.
PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD
The BRTB welcomed comments from Tuesday, September 6, through Friday, October 7, 2016. The public was also invited to learn more and/or share comments on these projects during its Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Policy Subcommittee on Wednesday, October 5, at 4:30 p.m. at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, located at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230. Comments also were welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, September 27 at 9 a.m. and Tuesday, October 25 at 9 a.m.
View Comments Received | BRTB Response (forthcoming)
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