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Informe de Areas Críticos de Permisos de Construcción de 2021 refleja el crecimiento en la región

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Informe de Areas Críticos de Permisos de Construcción de 2021 refleja el desarollo en la región
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Se permitió un total de 7.864 nuevas unidades residenciales en la región de Baltimore, un aumento del 2,3 por ciento con respecto al año anterior.
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BALTIMORE, MD (jueves, 6 de octubre de 2022) - El Consejo Metropolitano de Baltimore (BMC) publicó un informe sobre el desarollo de la vivienda en la región en 2021, identificando diez "áreas críticos" de vivienda en los condados de Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford y Howard, así como Ciudad de Baltimore.

Se permitió un total de 7.864 nuevas unidades residenciales en la región de Baltimore, según el Informe de Areas Críticos de actividad de permisos de construcción residencial de BMC de 2021, un aumento del 2,3 por ciento con respecto al año anterior. Los diez áreas críticos representaron el 39 por ciento de todas las unidades nuevas.

Los áreas críticos son:

  • Port Covington (South Baltimore) con 531 unidades permitidas
  • Downtown Columbia (Columbia) con 472 unidades permitidas
  • Two Rivers (Crofton) con 403 unidades permitidas
  • Bristol Court Apts (Elkridge) con 311 unidades permitidas
  • 7900 Sandy Farm Rd (Jessup/Severn) con 300 unidades permitidas
  • Somerset (East Baltimore) con 268 unidades permitidas
  • The Edge (Aberdeen/Havre de Grace) con 237 unidades permitidas
  • 5501 Eastern Ave (Canton) con 227 unidades permitidas
  • Meades Crossing, Meadowbrook (Taneytown) con 168 unidades permitidas
  • Watershed (Maryland City) con 153 unidades permitidas

 

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En 2021, se permitieron 7.864 unidades nuevas en la región, un crecimiento del 2,3 por ciento respecto al año anterior.

 

BMC compila y mantiene la información de los permisos de construcción de la región en una base de datos estandarizada, que se muestra aquí en un mapa interactivo. Esta base de datos proporciona un registro continuo de planes para proyectos residenciales y no residenciales nuevos y renovados de todos los permisos con un valor de construcción estimado de $10,000 o más. Esta información es un indicador destacado de los nuevos patrones de desarrollo regional.

El último informe de puntos críticos justo después de la última ronda de pronósticos demográficos de BMC, que proyectan un crecimiento demográfico del 12,6 % en toda la región para 2050. El condado de Howard lidera las jurisdicciones con un crecimiento proyectado del 24,8 %, seguido por los condados de Harford y Anne Arundel con un 18,4 %. y 17.1 por ciento de crecimiento cada uno. Los pronósticos también proyectan un crecimiento en el número de hogares con resultados similares: el condado de Howard lidera con un crecimiento del 34,5 por ciento, seguido por Harford (23 por ciento) y Anne Arundel (18,4 por ciento).

Además de estos dos proyectos, BMC trabajó con jurisdicciones miembros para aumentar el acceso a viviendas asequibles en la región. En 2021, BMC celebró la apertura de Robinson Overlook, un desarrollo de viviendas asequibles en Columbia. Desde 2015, el Programa Regional de Vales Basado en Proyectos de BMC ha asentado a más de 30 familias, con 20 vales adicionales otorgados en la primavera de 2022, ayudando a más familias a establecerse en desarrollos de viviendas asequibles en Baltimore y sus alrededores.

 

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El Consejo Metropolitano de Baltimore (BMC) trabaja en colaboración con los principales funcionarios electos de la región para crear iniciativas para mejorar nuestra calidad de vida y vitalidad económica. BMC, como el consejo de gobiernos de la región de Baltimore, alberga la Junta Regional de Transporte de Baltimore (BRTB), la organización federal de planificación metropolitana (MPO), y apoya al gobierno local mediante la coordinación de esfuerzos en una variedad de áreas de política que incluyen preparación para emergencias, vivienda, compras cooperativas. , planificación ambiental y desarrollo de la fuerza laboral.

La junta directiva de BMC incluye a los ejecutivos de los condados de Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Harford y Howard, el alcalde de la ciudad de Baltimore, miembro de las juntas de comisionados del condado de Carroll y del condado de Queen Anne, miembro del Senado del estado de Maryland, miembro de la Cámara de Delegados de Maryland, y un gobernador designado del sector privado.

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BALTIMORE, MD (Monday, August 22, 2022) -- The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks comments from the public through Friday, October 7 on the draft 2022 Public Participation Plan (PPP).

Details about the PPP and how to provide comments, are available below.

Draft 2022 PPP | How to Comment

Draft 2022 Public Participation Plan

The Public Participation Plan serves as a guide for residents in the Baltimore region to navigate the regional transportation planning process. It also outlines the policies and procedures that the BRTB and staff follow while educating and engaging the public. Lastly, the Participation Plan includes a toolkit of public engagement practices and an evaluation process. 

The mission of the BRTB’s Public Participation Plan is to provide an open process that offers reasonable access to information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and support for early and continued involvement of a diverse group of stakeholders.

The draft 2022 Public Participation Plan updates the existing PPP, adopted in 2018. The proposed updates were made after a review of other PPPs, consultant recommendations, staff debriefs, and the results of a recent Public Participation Survey.

Highlights Of Changes

  • Added virtual or hybrid meetings options for BRTB committee meetings and public meetings or events - the 2022 Public Participation Survey showed strong support for virtual options and the ongoing pandemic has shown the need for virtual options.
  • Added new ways to comment such as voicemail, text, and through our PublicInput engagement hub
  • Clarified how to submit comments via social media
  • Updated accessibility policy to use plain and inclusive language
  • Added information about (Presidential) Executive Order 13985 – Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
  • Reorganized several sections to streamline information and make it easier to understand policies

Download the Public Participation Plan (2022 draft update)

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Monday, August 22 through Friday, October 7, 2022.  The BRTB will vote on these documents at their meeting on Tuesday, November 22, 2022. 

Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the Draft PPP may do so during a virtual public meeting on: Tuesday, September 20 at noon via Zoom. Register via PublicInput.

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER VOICEMAIL TEXT
publicinput.com/2022PPP 2022PPP@PublicInput.com @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBListens
855-925-2801 x 3612 Text keyword '2022PPP' to 73224

or 2022ppp-espanol for a Spanish language version.

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m.:

  • Tuesday, August 23
  • Tuesday, September 27
  • Tuesday, October 25
  • Tuesday, November 22 (scheduled vote).

How Your Comments Will Be Used

All BRTB members will receive a copy of the comments prior to taking action. The BRTB and staff will review all comments received and make any changes to the draft PPP in October and November.  All organizations/individuals who submit a comment in writing and include their contact information will receive a response to their comment.

For more information:

Contact Public Involvement Coordinator Monica Haines Benkhedda by email at mhainesbenkhedda@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-0500 x 1047.

 

NOTICE

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.

Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258 to initiate a TTY call through Maryland Relay. Usuarios de Relay MD marquen 7-1-1

Si se necesita información de Título VI en español, llame al 410-732-0500.

BMC Newsroom

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks comments from the public through Monday, August 1 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2023-2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination.

Returning this year is an interactive project map, in which the public can view projects and offer comments. Staff have also created an interactive story map to offer the public an easy way to learn more about these plans. Details about the TIP and Conformity Determination, as well as how to provide comments, are available below.

Draft 2023-2026 TIP | Draft Air Quality Conformity Determination | How to Comment

Draft 2023 – 2026 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The draft 2023-2026 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes $4.26 billion in proposed funding (federal, state, local, toll revenue) for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes toward maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. These projects support regional goals such as accessibility, safety, and prosperity. Funding identified in the TIP is based on funding reasonably expected to be available from all sources.

The draft 2023-2026 TIP includes 132 projects, 7 of which are new to this year’s TIP, 6 were in previous TIPs but were removed due to lack of funding, and 3 projects have moved from Anne Arundel County to MDOT SHA. Highlights include:

  • Anne Arundel County is dedicating nearly $16 million in funding for a multi-modal Transportation Center in Parole at the Westfield Annapolis Mall to serve existing local and regional bus service, with possible future connectivity to modes such as bikeshare, carshare, and ride hailing services.
  • Baltimore City, in partnership with the state of Maryland, is investing $50 million in an RAISE Transit Priority Project (formerly the East-West Priority Bus Corridor), which will provide a comprehensive suite of investments facilitating more efficient transit trips, improving multi-modal connections, and addressing existing safety issues. The project will improve bus service between east and west Baltimore and will help to reduce emissions.
  • Baltimore, Carroll and Harford Counties are dedicating federal and local funding for 28 essential bridge improvement projects.
  • Howard County continues progress on a $24 million project on Snowden River Parkway: Broken Land Parkway to Oakland Mills Road which add a third lane along Snowden River Parkway in each direction and will provide new 10-foot shared-use paths in an effort to increase transportation alternatives to access public transit.
  • MDOT SHA is dedicating $180.2 million to reconstruct the interchange of I-695 at I-70 to improve safety, operations and capacity. MDOT SHA is also dedicating $133 million to widen I-695: US 40 to MD 144 to provide safety and capacity improvements.
  • The Maryland Port Administration is partnering with CSX to leverage federal grant funding to reconstruct the 125-year-old Howard Street Tunnel in order to create double-stack rail access to and from the Port of Baltimore. Adjustments to several other bridges in Baltimore City are included in this project.
  • MDTA also continues engineering and construction on a $1.1 billion project in Baltimore and Harford Counties adding two additional Express Toll Lanes on I-95 from north of MD 43 to north of MD 24. This project is funded with toll revenues.

Please view the draft 2023-2026 TIP through the BRTB’s interactive project map or learn more in our story map.

2023-2026 TIP Interactive Map

 

The draft 2023-2026 TIP is also available in PDF format for download:

Draft 2023-2026 TIP 

Introduction and Background  |  Financial Plan

Projects by jurisdiction: Low-income and Minority Concentration  |  Appendices

Projects in the draft TIP are also available to review in pdf format by project sponsor, either a local jurisdiction or state agency:

Anne Arundel County  |  Baltimore City  |  Baltimore County

Carroll County  |  Harford County  |  Howard County

Maryland Port Administration  |  Maryland Transportation Authority

MDOT MTA  |  MDOT SHA and the Office of the Secretary

Analysis of Air Quality Conformity

The Baltimore region does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and so must review its transportation plans and programs to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP).

The Air Quality Conformity Determination report details a comprehensive analysis of Baltimore region mobile source emissions as a result of implementing the Draft 2023-2026 TIP. Highlights of the report include:

  • Staff from BMC and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) used the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) 2014a model, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze the amount of mobile source emissions generated from vehicle travel associated with the implementation of the projects in the draft TIP and LRTP
  • The report addresses mobile source emissions of VOC and NOx, which are precursors of ground-level ozone emissions.
  • Adopted forecasts for population, housing, and employment in the Baltimore region were used for this conformity analysis.
  • Current data about the types and purpose of vehicles, fuel data, and meteorological data were used as inputs into the analysis.
  • Projected mobile source emissions for the Draft 2023-2026 TIP are well below the motor vehicle emission budgets set in the state implementation plan, or SIP.
  • Implementation of the projects proposed in the Draft 2023-2026 TIP will not worsen the region’s air quality or delay the timely attainment of national air quality standards.

The conformity determination is available in PDF format for download. Download the Draft Conformity Determination of the draft 2023-2026 TIP:

Conformity Determination | Appendices

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Wednesday, June 29 through Monday, August 1, 2022. The BRTB will vote on these documents at their meeting on Tuesday, August 23, 2022.

View comments received | BRTB Responses to Comments

Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the Draft 2023-2026 TIP and Air Quality Conformity Determination may do so during a virtual public meeting on:

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER VOICEMAIL TEXT
https://publicinput.com/2023-2026TIP 2023-2026TIP@PublicInput.com @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBListens
1-855-925-2801 x 6662 Text keyword 2023-2026TIP to 73224  

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday July 26 or Tuesday, August 23 (scheduled vote).

Note: MDOT MTA, in lieu of a separate mandated public comment period, has exercised its option to use the procedures of the BRTB’s public involvement process for the Draft 2023-2026 TIP. The public participation process for the TIP meets the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) public participation requirements for MDOT MTA’s Program of Projects (POP).

For more information:

Contact Regina Aris, assistant transportation director, by email at raris@baltometro.org, or by phone at 410-732-9572.

Notice

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.
Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258 to initiate a TTY call through Maryland Relay. Usuarios de Relay MD marquen 7-1-1
Si se necesita información de Título VI en español, llame al 410-732-0500.


 

BMC Newsroom

BRTB seeks feedback on public participation process

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is currently reviewing its policies related to public involvement and outreach as part of an effort to update the Public Participation Plan.

The BRTB has developed a short survey to gather input from key stakeholders and members of the public and we would like your feedback!

Questions include:

  • What are the barriers to your participation in the regional planning process?
  • Do you attend public meetings?  If so, do you prefer virtual or in person?
  • Do you feel as if your comments make a difference in a transportation plan or project?
  • What kinds of information would you like to see BMC and the BRTB share?
  • What suggestions do you have to improve public participation and engagement?

Survey responses will help to shape the update to the BRTB Public Participation Plan, which will be released for a 45-day comment period during the summer. 

Take our survey on public participation now at publicinput.com/2022publicparticipation. This survey can be translated into over 100 different languages using the embedded google translate tool. You can also take the survey via text by texting the phrase ‘2022publicparticipation’ to the number 73224. If you want a print copy, please request one from the Public Involvement Coordinator at 410-732-0500 x1047 or 2022publicparticipation@PublicInput.com.  You may also talk with someone who can record your survey responses.

Comments are welcome through May 27, 2022.

 

NOTICE

The BRTB, as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks to provide an open process that offers reasonable access to information, timely public notice, full public access to key decisions, and support for early and continued involvement of stakeholders in the metropolitan transportation planning process.

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.

Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258 to initiate a TTY call through Maryland Relay. Usuarios de Relay MD marquen 7-1-1

Si se necesita información de Título VI en español, llame al 410-732-0500.

BMC Newsroom

BRTB Launches Resilience 2050 White Papers to Inform the Public on the LRTP currently in Development.

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) has launched a series of white papers to engage the public throughout the planning process for Resilience 2050: Adapting to the Challenges of Tomorrow, the next long-range transportation plan (LRTP) for the Baltimore region.

These targeted white papers will engage the public earlier and more effectively by providing information about the planning process and concisely explaining some of the complex information presented in the LRTP.

The white papers are an exciting tool that aim to improve the review process as they introduce and update the public on the LRTP over time and by topic, providing exposure prior to release of the draft of Resilience 2050 in spring 2023. It also encourages the public to provide feedback earlier in the process. This allows the BRTB to hear thoughts and ideas about Resilience 2050 while it is still in development, which is a more impactful time for consideration and inclusion of relevant feedback.

White papers will be released monthly over the course of the next year in preparation for the full draft plan, slated for completion in the spring of 2023.

The first white paper, Project Scoring, is now available, detailing the methodology for scoring candidate projects for Resilience 2050.

Readers can anticipate more Resilience 2050 white papers on topics such as:

  • Traffic safety issues in the Baltimore region;
  • The regional freight network;
  • Transit;
  • Air quality and the Conformity Analysis;
  • Active transportation
  • Forecasting population, households, and employment for Resilience 2050
  • Emerging technologies

To read and provide input on the project scoring white paper and any future Resilience 2050 white papers, visit https://publicinput.com/resilience2050whitepapers

To learn more about the long-range transportation plan, visit resilience2050.com.

BMC Newsroom

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) along with the Intelligent Transportation Society of Maryland (ITSMD) held its joint Annual Meeting and BRTB Traffic Signal Forum on Thursday, November 4. Due to the ongoing pandemic, the event was held virtually this year.

The event brings together traffic and transportation professionals from the public and private sectors from across the state and region. The morning keynote address was delivered by Dr. Tim Kerns, Director, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Highway Safety Office, to focus attention on the troubling trend of increasing highway crashes, fatalities and serious injuries and challenged the attendees to work with state and local partners to help reverse the trend. Mr. Todd Lang, Director, Transportation Planning, Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) delivered the closing keynote, on topics ranging from safety and signal operations to long range planning and the infrastructure bill being debated in congress.

Breakout sessions focused on signal operations and safety, connected and autonomous vehicles, and Transportation Systems Management & Operations (TSMO). A panel discussion on what a post-COVID transportation landscape might look like featured experts from freight, law enforcement, traffic data analysis, and private industry.

The virtual forum had 220 registered attendees. Guests included staff from local and state departments of transportation and public works, traffic engineers, signal engineers, planners, transportation system operators; private sector companies involved in consulting, providing/installing/maintaining/designing traffic signal equipment and ITS equipment, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and academia. The event also included several exhibitors from public and private sectors.

For more information and to see the program, presenter bios, list of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors, please visit https://itsmd21.kujenga.tech/.

Resilience 2050

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Tuesday, October 12 on the draft goals and strategies for Resilience 2050: Adapting to the Challenges of Tomorrow.

Details about the draft goals and strategies for Resilience 2050, and how to provide comments, are available below.

About the Resilience 2050 Goals and Strategies

As part of the development of the next long-range transportation plan, Resilience 2050, to be adopted in 2023, the BRTB is considering a revised set of regional goals and strategies.

The proposed goals represent broad aspirations for the regional transportation system, including:

Goals that address the basic functions of transportation Goals that address the conditions or effects of transportation Goals that address the transportation decision-making process
  • Improve Accessibility
  • Increase Mobility
  • Improve System Safety
  • Improve and Maintain the Existing Infrastructure
  • Create an Environmentally Responsible Transportation System
  • Improve System Security
  • Promote Prosperity and Economic Opportunity
  • Foster Participation and Cooperation Among Stakeholders
  • Promote Informed Decision Making

resilience2050 goals & strategies

The BRTB is also considering multiple strategies for each goal. Strategies are approaches or policies to help the region to implement a goal. For example, “eliminate hazardous or substandard conditions in high-crash locations and corridors” is a specific strategy that can help the region to “improve system safety,” the regional goal.

View the draft goals and strategies | Watch an overview of the Goals and Strategies

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Wednesday, September 8 through Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at noon. The BRTB will vote on the Resilience 2050 goals and strategies on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments in writing to:

SURVEY TEXT VOICEMAIL EMAIL TWITTER FAX
publicinput.com/resilience2050goals Text
“resilience2050goals”
to 855-925-2801
to take our survey
855-925-2801 x 8248 resilience2050goals@PublicInput.com

@BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved

Use:
#BRTBListens
#Resilience2050

410-732-8248

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 28 or Tuesday, November 30 (scheduled vote).

View

Comments Received | BRTB Response to Comments

 

For more information:

Zach Kaufman, zkaufman@baltometro.org

Notice

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.

BMC Newsroom

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, July 9 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination.

Returning this year is an interactive project map, in which the public can view projects and offer comments. Staff have also created an interactive story map to offer the public an easy way to learn more about these plans. Details about the TIP and Conformity Determination, and how to provide comments, are available below.

Draft 2022-2025 TIP | Draft Air Quality Conformity Determination | How to Comment

Draft 2022 – 2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The draft 2022-2025 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes $4.04 billion in proposed funding (federal, state, local, toll revenue) for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes toward maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. These projects support regional goals such as accessibility, safety, and prosperity. Funding identified in the TIP is based on funding reasonably expected to be available from all sources.

The draft 2022-2025 TIP includes 129 projects, 6 of which are new. Highlights include:

  • Anne Arundel County is dedicating $14 million in funding for a multi-modal transportation center in Parole at the Westfield Annapolis Mall to serve existing local and regional bus service, with possible future connectivity to modes such as bikeshare, carshare, and ride hailing services;
  • Baltimore City, in partnership with the state of Maryland, is investing $12.6 million in an East-West Priority Bus Corridor, which will provide a comprehensive suite of investments facilitating more efficient transit trips, improving multimodal connections, and addressing existing safety issues.
  • Baltimore City is also moving forward on vital roadway rehabilitation investments, including bicycle and pedestrian improvements, on portions of Belair Road, 25th Street, Fremont Avenue, Madison Street, Park Heights Avenue, Patapsco Avenue, and Pennington Avenue.
  • Carroll and Harford Counties are dedicating federal and local funding for 20 essential bridge improvement projects.
  • Howard County continues progress on a $27 million project at the US 29 and Broken Land Parkway Interchange which will provide new direct connections from the westbound US 29/Broken Land Parkway interchange ramp to a new road (Merriweather Drive) and to Little Patuxent Parkway. The project will also provide a direct connection from Merriweather Drive to Broken Land Parkway.
  • MDOT SHA is dedicating $281 million in the draft 2022-2025 TIP on expanding the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) from I-70 to MD 43 by converting the inside shoulder into a new travel lane from I-70 to MD 43 and on reconstructing the interchange of I-695 and I-70.
  • The Maryland Port Administration is partnering with CSX to leverage federal grant funding to reconstruct the 125-year-old Howard Street Tunnel in order to create double-stack rail access to and from the Port of Baltimore.
  • The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) is investing $102 million in toll revenues through 2027 on a project at the I-895/Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Toll Plaza replacing the existing toll booths with an overhead gantry which will eliminate traffic queues, improve vehicular and employee safety, and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel consumption.
  • MDTA also continues engineering and construction on a $1.1 billion project in Baltimore and Harford Counties adding two additional Express Toll Lanes on I-95 from north of MD 43 to north of MD 24. This project is funded with toll revenues.

Please view the draft 2022-2025 TIP through the BRTB’s interactive project map or learn more in our story map. The draft 2022-2025 TIP is also available in PDF format for download:

22-25TIP map

Draft 2022-2025 TIP

Introduction and Background  |  Financial Plan

Projects by jurisdiction: Low-income and Minority Concentration  |  Appendices

Projects in the draft TIP are also available to review in pdf format by project sponsor, either a local jurisdiction or state agency:

Anne Arundel County  |  Baltimore City  |  Baltimore County

Carroll County  |  Harford County  |  Howard County

Maryland Port Administration  |  Maryland Transportation Authority

MDOT MTA  |  MDOT SHA and the Office of the Secretary

Analysis of Air Quality Conformity

The Baltimore region does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and so must review its current transportation plans and programs to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP).

The Air Quality Conformity Determination report details a comprehensive analysis of Baltimore region mobile source emissions as a result of implementing the draft 2022-2025 TIP. Highlights of the report include:

  • Staff from BMC and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) used the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) 2014a model, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze the amount of mobile source emissions generated from vehicle travel associated with the implementation of the projects in the draft TIP.
  • The report addresses mobile source emissions of VOC and NOx, which are precursors of ground-level ozone emissions.
  • Adopted forecasts for population, housing, and employment in the Baltimore region were used for this conformity analysis.
  • Current data about the types and purpose of vehicles, fuel data, and meteorological data were used as input into the analysis.
  • This Conformity Determination shows that transit ridership is projected to increase from 2022 to 2045.
  • Projected mobile source emissions for draft 2022-2025 TIP are well below the motor vehicle emission budgets set in the state implementation plan, or SIP.
  • Implementation of the projects proposed in the draft 2022-2025 TIP will not worsen the region’s air quality or delay the timely attainment of national air quality standards.

The conformity determination is available in PDF format for download. Download the Draft Conformity Determination of the draft 2022-2025 TIP:

Conformity Determination | Appendices

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Tuesday, June 8 through Friday, July 9, 2021. The BRTB will vote on these documents on Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Public Comments Received | BRTB Response to Comments

Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the draft 2022-2025 TIP and Air Quality Conformity may do so during a virtual public meeting on:

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments in writing to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER VOICEMAIL FAX
https://publicinput.com/H2050 H2050@PublicInput.com @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBlistens
855-925-2801 x 8248 410-732-8248

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 22, or Tuesday, July 27 (scheduled vote).

Note: MDOT MTA, in lieu of a separate mandated public comment period, has exercised its option to use the procedures of the BRTB’s public involvement process for the 2022-2025 TIP. The public participation process for the TIP meets the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) public participation requirements for MDOT MTA’s Program of Projects (POP).

For more information:

Contact Regina Aris, assistant transportation director, by email at raris@baltometro.org, or by phone at 410-732-9572.

Notice

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.


 

Press Release

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) welcomes comments on its draft Budget & Work Program for Fiscal Years 2022-2023 through Thursday, March 11, 2021.

The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the final Budget & Work Program on Friday, April 16. 

What is the UPWP?

The BRTB’s Budget & Work Program is known as the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for Transportation Planning. It is a federal requirement that details projects, studies and other activities to be completed by BRTB members and staff of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC.) 

The BRTB develops this list of regional transportation planning activities every two fiscal years. This UPWP includes a budget for FY 2022 of $9,000,000 and an estimated FY 2023 budget of $6,290,000.

UPWP funds support staff for regional planning activities with some consultant assistance. New projects for FY 2022 include:

  • Patapsco Regional Greenway – Funds consultant services to advance the design and planning for a segment of the Patapsco Regional Greenway, the proposed 30-mile trail from Sykesville in Carroll County to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Segment: Guinness Open Gate Brewery to the Southwest Area Park.
  • Corridor Analysis to support Implementation of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan – to begin the corridor feasibility study phase by defining and evaluating preliminary alternatives for a number of the corridors identified in the RTP. Analysis may include routes, service patterns, alignments, levels of service, potential modes and system requirements. Evaluation could include elements from the FTA Capital Investment Grant program and/or a P3 screening mechanism.

View the draft FY 2022-2023 UPWP or a list of Frequently Asked Questions

B’More Involved

The public is invited to provide feedback on these proposed regional transportation planning activities through Thursday, March 11, 2021.

To learn more about the UPWP and the proposed updated budget and projects, please view a recorded presentation.

Please send all comments in writing to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER MAIL FAX
BRTB Comment Form comments@baltometro.org @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBlistens
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-732-8248

 

The public may also provide feedback during the Public Comment Opportunity at the BRTB monthly meetings on Tuesday, February 23, Tuesday, March 23, or before the BRTB votes on Friday, April 16. Due to the public health concerns presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), all scheduled meetings will take place virtually. Please check the calendar for an updated schedule and links to attend the virtual meetings.

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The BRTB is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for transportation in the region. BMC provides the BRTB with staff support.

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. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-735-2258 to initiate a TTY call through Maryland Relay. Si se necesita información de Título VI en español, llame al 410-732-0500.

BMC Newsroom

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), as the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Baltimore region, seeks public comments through Friday, July 17 on two transportation-related documents – the draft 2021-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Conformity Determination.

New this year, is an interactive project map, in which the public can view projects and offer comments, and a Storymap which provides an overview of these documents. 

Draft 2021-2024 TIP | Air Quality Conformity Determination | How to Comment

Draft 2021 – 2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The draft 2021-2024 TIP is the list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding in the near term. It includes $4.26 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. These projects support regional goals such as accessibility, safety, and prosperity. Funding identified in the TIP is based on funding reasonably expected to be available from local, state, and federal sources.

The draft 2021-2024 TIP includes 140 projects, 24 of which are new. Highlights include:

  • Anne Arundel County is dedicating $14 million in funding for a multi-modal transportation center in Parole to serve existing local and regional bus service, with possible future connectivity to modes such as bikeshare, carshare, and ridehailing services;
  • In Baltimore City, several new projects focus on increasing bicycle and pedestrian access, including:
    • constructing an on-street cycle track on Bush Street in South Baltimore;  
    • installing an on-street cycle track and/or buffered bike lanes on Eutaw Place near Druid Hill Park;
    • building a 2 mile protected cycle track along either Wolfe or Washington Street in East Baltimore; and
    • constructing a pedestrian and cyclist trail between the Inner Harbor cycle track and the Middle Branch Trail as part of the Baltimore Greenway Loop that connects Baltimore City's major parks.
  • Baltimore County is using $2 million in federal and local funds to purchase vehicles and signage for the Towson Circulator – a new fixed route service in Towson.
  • Carroll County is dedicating federal and local funding to 9 essential bridge improvements. In addition, MDOT SHA plans to complete a project in 2021 focused on improving MD 30 Business in Hampstead by reconstructing the existing roadway with ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, stormwater management, landscaping, and traffic signals.
  • Howard County is moving forward with a $26 million project that widens Marriottsville Road from two to four lanes between US 40 and MD 99, including replacing the existing two lane bridge over I-70.
  • MDOT SHA is dedicating $281 million in the draft 2021-2024 TIP for the expansion of the Baltimore Beltway (I-695), including conversion of the inside shoulder into a new travel lane from I-70 to MD 43, reconfiguring the interchange of I-695 and I-70, and adding a lane on the outer loop of I-695, from US 40 to MD 144.
  • The Maryland Port Administration is partnering with CSX to leverage federal funding to reconstruct the 125-year-old Howard Street Tunnel in order to create double-stack rail access to and from the Port of Baltimore.
  • The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and Baltimore City are collaborating on changes to seven miles of I-95 and sections of Hanover Street, McComas Street and Key Highway. The project seeks to address traffic needs and support ongoing and planned redevelopment of the Port Covington peninsula in South Baltimore.
  • MDTA continues its expansion of the I-95 Express Toll Lanes (ETL) by dedicating over $774 million in toll revenues towards implementation of the first phase of the I-95 Section 200 Northbound Extension in Baltimore and Harford Counties.

Please view the draft 2021-2024 TIP through the BRTB’s interactive project map. The draft 2021–2024 TIP is also available in PDF format for download:

21-24TIP map

Draft 2021-2024 TIP

Introduction and Background  |  Financial Plan

Projects by jurisdiction: Low-income and Minority Concentration  |  Appendices

Projects in the draft TIP are also available to review in pdf format by project sponsor, either a local jurisdiction or state agency:

Anne Arundel County  |  Baltimore City  |  Baltimore County

Carroll County  |  Harford County  |  Howard County

Maryland Port Administration  |  Maryland Transportation Authority

MDOT MTA  |  MDOT SHA and the Office of the Secretary

Analysis of Air Quality Conformity

The Baltimore region does not meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and so must review its current transportation plans and programs to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP).

The Air Quality Conformity Determination report details a comprehensive analysis of Baltimore region mobile source emissions as a result of implementing the draft 2021-2024 TIP. Highlights of the report include:

  • Staff from BMC and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) used the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator (MOVES) 2014a model, developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze the amount of mobile source emissions generated from vehicle travel associated with the implementation of the projects in the draft TIP.
  • The report addresses mobile source emissions of VOC and NOx, which are precursors of ground-level ozone emissions.
  • New Round 9A forecasts for population, housing, and employment in the Baltimore region were used for this conformity analysis.
  • Data about the types and purpose of vehicles, fuel data, and meteorological data from 2017 were used as input into the analysis.
  • This Conformity Determination shows that transit ridership is projected to increase in the horizon years.
  • Projected mobile source emissions for draft 2021-2024 TIP are well below the motor vehicle emission budgets set in the state implementation plan, or SIP.
  • Implementation of the projects proposed in the draft 2021-2024 TIP will not worsen the region’s air quality or delay the timely attainment of national air quality standards.

Why is an air quality analysis needed?

  • The Baltimore region is a "marginal" nonattainment area for the ground-level ozone standard set in 2015. This means that levels of ozone pollution in the air are slightly higher than the federally allowable amount of 70 parts per billion (ppb).
  • The level of ozone that the region experienced in 2019 as a "design value", or the value that the US EPA uses to determine whether a region is reaching the standard, was 75 ppb. As a result, the region is not attaining the standard and the BRTB must conduct a conformity determination.
  • The air quality analysis evaluates whether the transportation projects in a region's TIP and Plan would hinder the progress of that region attaining the air quality standard.

The conformity determination is available in PDF format for download:

Conformity Determination | Appendices

Share Your Thoughts

Public comments are welcome from Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, July 17, 2020. The BRTB will vote on these documents on Tuesday, August 25.

MDOT MTA, in lieu of a separate mandated public comment period, has exercised its option to use the procedures of the BRTB’s public involvement process for the 2021-2024 TIP. The public participation process for the TIP meets the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) public participation requirements for MDOT MTA’s Program of Projects (POP).

View Public Comments Received | View BRTB Response to Comments

Join Us for a Virtual Public Meeting

Those interested in learning more about the draft 2021-2024 TIP and Air Quality Conformity may view our Storymap or join us for a:

Join these meetings by using: Computer, Tablet or Smartphone or dial in by phone 877-309-2073 or 571-317-3129 and enter Access Code: 563-035-189.

View a recording of the public meeting

To share your thoughts and ideas, send all comments in writing to:

ONLINE EMAIL TWITTER MAIL FAX
BRTB Comment Form comments@baltometro.org @BaltoMetroCo
@BmoreInvolved
#BRTBlistens
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-732-8248

Comments are also welcome during the public comment opportunity at the BRTB meetings at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, Tuesday, July 28, or Tuesday, August 25 (scheduled vote).

For more information:

Contact Regina Aris, assistant transportation director, by email at raris@baltometro.org, or by phone at 410-732-9572.

Notice

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.