BRTB seeks public comments on Train Detection & Worker Warning System, MD 45: Padonia Road to Wight Avenue projects
BRTB to update the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program
Open for Public Review
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments through Friday, June 9, on updates to the 2017-2020 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Fixed Location Train Detection and Worker Warning System project; and MD 45: Padonia Road to Wight Avenue project.
The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the amendments on Tuesday, June 27 at 9 a.m. 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.
FIXED LOCATION TRAIN DETECTION AND WORKER WARNING SYSTEM
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) requests of the BRTB to update the 2017-2020 TIP to include a new project, the Fixed Location Train Detection and Worker Warning System (TIP ID # 40-1702-64).
The MTA will install a fixed ZoneGuard system along the entire length of the Light Rail line. An accompanying study will test the proof-of-concept of ZoneGuard, an electronic secondary warning system that alerts work crews on the track of approaching Light Rail vehicles and railroad maintenance machines. The system will remain for MTA use at the study’s conclusion. The intent of the system and study is to provide track workers with enhanced safety measures while working close to Light Rail tracks, and especially in high population areas.
This amendment provides $688,000 in federal Section 5312 funds and $2.302 million in matching funds in FY 2017. The total cost of the project is $2.990 million.
MD 45: PADONIA ROAD TO WIGHT AVENUE
The State Highway Administration (SHA) requests of the BRTB to update the 2017-2020 TIP to include a new project, road resurfacing and rehabilitation at MD 45: Padonia Road to Wight Avenue (TIP ID # 63-1707-11).
This project will replace a 24-inch water main and resurface the roadway within the project limits. The project also includes: reconstructing sidewalks, ramps, curbs and driveways; constructing drainage improvements, replacing damaged inlets and cleaning existing storm drains; installing new signage; and, upgrading intersection signal systems. The intent of this project is to provide significant improvements to the roadway, as well as improve safety and operations.
The amendment provides $2.736 million in federal NHPP funds and $1.192 million in state matching funds. Baltimore County will contribute $13.2 million for the utility replacement. The total cost of the project is $17.369 million.
PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT
The public review period runs from Tuesday, May 9, through Friday, June 9, 2017. The BRTB invites the public to learn more and/or share comments on these projects at one of the following meetings:
- Wednesday, June 7, 4:30 p.m., at the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Policy Subcommittee at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, located at 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230. BMC is accessible by MTA bus route 1 and the Charm City Circulator’s Banner Route.
Comments also are welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, May 23 and Tuesday, June 27 (scheduled vote), at 9 a.m.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
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
For more information: If you are unable to attend the public meeting, but are interested in more information about the amendments to the 2017-2020 TIP, please contact Zach Kaufman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-732-0500 x 1048
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