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Planning Areas

Regional Planning Approach

As the MPO for the Baltimore region, the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) coordinates planning activities and investment decisions related to surface transportation assets (roads, bridges, transit assets, pedestrian facilities, bicycle facilities).

The BRTB’s planning efforts follow a federally prescribed process. The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the FAST Act) is the authorizing legislation governing the regional transportation planning process. This process facilitates regional cooperation and decision making in transportation planning.

3-C Process / Federal Planning Factors

The FAST Act and its regulations stipulate that the regional transportation planning process “shall be continuous, cooperative, and comprehensive” [referred to as the 3-C process]. The BRTB has developed an agreement as to how they undertake the 3-C process in the Baltimore region. The planning approach also provides for consideration and implementation of projects, strategies, and services that address a series of planning factors.

Performance-Based Approach

Per federal regulations, the regional transportation planning process “shall provide for the establishment and use of a performance-based approach to transportation decision making.” Further, “each metropolitan planning organization shall establish performance targets that address . . . performance measures . . . to use in tracking progress toward attainment of critical outcomes.” Chapter 5 of the current long-range transportation plan provides an overview of the performance-based approach and a regional system performance report with adopted performance measures and targets.