Planning for our future
Building a new transportation project requires years of planning and engineering before the first shovel of dirt is turned. Most important decisions about a transportation project are made many years before a shovel breaks ground. It can be hard to know where to begin in order to understand the lengthy planning process. But, in order to be effective in influencing how our transportation system grows and operates, it is essential to know just how it works.
Below is a brief description of the range of planning efforts in the region:
- Developing a vision – The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) invited citizens and organizations from all around the Baltimore region to take part in a process to imagine the future of transportation in a process called imagine 2060.
- Looking to the future – How will our transportation system serve the region in 10, 20, even 30 years from now? The Long Range Transportation Plan looks out 20+ years and identifies projects that will be needed to support future population and employment growth. The current plan is Maximize2040.
- Improving the System – The Transportation Improvement Program is a list of transportation priorities and projects that are requesting funding over the next 4 years.
>> Learn more about Short Range Transportation Planning
- Managing the work – The Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) summarizes the transportation planning activities of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council staff for each year.
- Thinking Locally – Each jurisdiction in the region develops long-range plans for their community. These plans focus on things like zoning, land use, and transportation.
>> Learn more about Local Planning
- Turning ideas into reality – Transportation planning works to reflect the community's vision for its future and it recognizes the critical links between transportation and other societal goals. The planning process is more than merely listing highway and transit capital investments; it requires developing strategies for operating, managing, maintaining, and financing the area’s transportation system in a way that helps the region reach its long-term goals. Check out this Citizens Guide from FHWA to learn more about the process for metropolitan planning and decision-making
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