Transit services in the Baltimore region, including bus, subway, light rail and commuter rail, play a major role in alleviating congestion and improving air quality, while promoting land use and development goals. Transit is an integral part of the transportation management system along with ridesharing and bicycling. BMC staff analyze regional ridership trends and forecasts, coordinate long-term planning of major transit improvements, and organize programs to promote greater use of transit as a commute alternative. Transit operators are represented on the BRTB and also work together to share best practices for improving short-term operations and to highlight long-term funding needs.
BMC staff provides demographic data, travel demand modeling and overall analysis to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and local transit agencies that focus on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of current systems, as well as identifying opportunities to increase service in the region. BMC provides a regional perspective is provided to transit agencies when they update their Transit Development Plans, assists with planning activities such as an access to rails study, a transit needs assessment, and coordination between state and local services.
Recent Transit Planning Activities:
Baltimore Regional Transit Governance and Funding Study
Responding to State legislative interest and at the request of the Central Maryland Regional Transit Plan Commission and the Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), the Baltimore Regional Transit Board (BRTB) has initiated this effort. The objective of the Baltimore Regional Transit Governance and Funding Study is to develop alternatives for how the region could structure, organize, and fund regional transit services. The BRTB has contracted with a consultant team to work through an iterative and interactive process of research, analysis, and stakeholder input. This process will ensure that the alternatives developed are grounded in experience, respectful of history and constraints, but creative enough to recognize opportunities.
Project Approach & Schedule
The study kicked off in December 2020. The schedule will include monthly meetings through June 2021 and include a report out on the following topics at the regular BRTB meetings.
- History of MDOT MTA and the LOTs System
- Review of Current System & Status
- Financial Review
- Review of Peer Agencies / Regions
- Review of Transit Funding Measures
- Options for Governance and Funding
- Public and Community Engagement
- (7.1) - Virtual Town Hall
- (7.2) - Panel Workshop
- (7.3) - Virtual Town Hall
There will be stakeholder and community engagement at specific points in the process. Currently we are planning a virtual panel discussion set in the March/April timeframe that will include national experts discussing governance and funding issues in their regions.
Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning
Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) was established by presidential executive order in 2004 to coordinate projects funded through federal programs that support lifeline transit service for disadvantaged populations.
The BRTB is responsible for facilitating the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning (CHSTP) process for the Baltimore region. The BRTB works with MTA to review applications and make recommendations for the Section 5310 Program, or Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and People with Disabilities.
Coordinating Bus Transfer Locations
Following a major redesign of all bus routes by the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA), an effort was launched by the BRTB to look at the bus stops shared by MDOT MTA and local transit operators in the region. A report was published that identified these shared locations and identified opportunities for improvement. A subsequent report was completed that presents guidelines for placing new bus stops in the region.
- Appendix A - Field Survey Data Dictionary
- Appendix B - Scheduled Transfers Summary Tables
- Appendix C - Stop Improvement Profiles - Annapolis
- Appendix D - Stop Improvement Profiles - AACO
- Appendix E - Stop Improvement Profiles - Harford Link
- Appendix F - Stop Improvement Profiles - QACO
- Appendix G - Stop Improvement Profiles - RTA
- Appendix H - Prioritization Ranking
Older Planning Activities:
Access to Rails Study (2011)
The Baltimore Region Transportation Board (BRTB) utilized consultant services for an inventory of conditions and an analysis of the bicycle and pedestrian accommodations around the Baltimore Region’s rail stations. The inventory led to the development of recommendations and costs for improvements proximate to the region’s sixty stations. The BMC sought a 3 mile radius of coverage for bicyclists and a 0.6 mile radius for pedestrians at each station. Due to rail station locations in the region, there was considerable overlap between the areas of coverage for stations. An ArcGIS geodatabase was created.