Revitalizing and Reconnecting in Baltimore, Carroll and Harford (2014-2017 TIP Amendments)
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomed comments on updates to the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for three projects from Thursday, January 8 through Tuesday, February 10, 2015. The BRTB voted to approve these amendments on Tuesday, February 24.
The 2014-2017 TIP, which is the list of regional transportation projects requesting funding, includes more than $2 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.
Below, the BRTB provides summary information of the projects and changes to the TIP, as well as links to more details.
NEW PROJECT TO THE TIP
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) proposes adding to the TIP:
Hampstead Main Street Revitalization Project (TIP ID 64-1401-19)
The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) proposes adding to the TIP a new Hampstead Main Street Revitalization Project in Carroll County. The improvements would occur on MD 30 Business, from North Woods Trail to the CSX Railroad, and include reconstructing the existing roadway with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalks; bicycle facilities; drainage system and storm water management facilities; landscaping; and curb and gutter, crosswalks, and driveway entrances.
Adding this project to the TIP allows SHA to use $1.2 million in state funds for Fiscal Year 2016; and $8.2 million in state funds for FY 2017. SHA completed preliminary engineering for this project, and hosted a public meeting with the community in November 2014.
UPDATES TO EXISTING TIP PROJECTS
Baltimore City proposes updating the TIP to reflect these funding changes:
Reconnecting West Baltimore through Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements (TIP ID 12-1122-03)
Baltimore City proposes updating the $4.4 million Reconnect West Baltimore Project, which would enhance bicycle and pedestrian accessibility on the Fulton Avenue Bridge and around US 40, between Calhoun Street and Fulton Avenue. The project supports Baltimore City’s long-term vision of a sustainable transportation network in West Baltimore that provides affordable commuting options for low-income populations.
The amendment would update the funding to reflect a Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) grant, as well as additional National Highway Performance Programming funding.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) proposes updating the TIP to reflect these funding changes:
Capital assistance for Small Urban Transit Systems (TIP ID 40-9502-05)
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) proposes updating the $4.6 million capital assistance for small urban transit systems project to reflect changes to Section 5307 funds and adding Section 5339 funds. The capital assistance project will help small urban transit systems such as Harford County Transportation Services and Carroll County to purchase vehicles, equipment and facilities.
Public Review and Comment
A public review period was held from Thursday, January 8 through Tuesday, February 10, 2015. During this time, a public meeting about the amendments was held in conjunction with the Public Advisory Committee on Wednesday, February 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council’s office, located at the Offices @ McHenry Row, 1500 Whetstone Way, Baltimore City, 21230. Comments were also welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity of the BRTB meeting on Tuesday, January 27 at 9 a.m. or February 24 at 9 a.m. (vote).
No public comments were received on these amendments during this review period.
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