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Transit Governance and Funding

Baltimore Regional Transit Governance and Funding Workgroup

BMC’s Transit Governance and Funding Workgroup is seeking comments on a draft set of recommendations for the future of transit in the Baltimore region. Please read this overview of the draft recommendations, and share your thoughts in a comment on our PublicInput project page or by email to transitworkgroup@PublicInput.com. Comments will be accepted through Friday, December 23.

Background

BMC’s Board of Directors established the Transit Governance and Funding Workgroup in July 2022 with the objective of preparing recommendations regarding the management of transit in the Baltimore region.

The workgroup has reviewed options detailed in a 2021 Baltimore Regional Transit Governance and Funding Study and is preparing a formal recommendation to the BMC Board of Directors, Maryland General Assembly and Governor. Additionally, the workgroup reviewed funding associated with the Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) program, seeking to increase equity and transparency in the distribution of those funds.

After the first meeting in September, the workgroup convened monthly to discuss and build consensus around a set of recommendations. These meetings have included opportunities for public comment virtually and in-person. Now, members of the public are welcome to comment on these draft recommendations by December 23. A final report will be released in January.

The appointed members of the workgroup include:

  • Tony Bridges, Maryland State Delegate, Baltimore City, District 41
  • Dr. Celeste Chavis, Associate Professor of Transportation and Urban Infrastructure Studies, Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Morgan State University’s Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering
  • Andrew Gena, Director of Strategic Research, Amalgamated Transit Union AFL-CIO/CLC
  • Tasha Gresham-James, Executive Director, Dundalk Renaissance
  • Ron Hartman, Senior Consultant, WSP USA
  • Jon Laria, Managing Partner, Ballard Spahr
  • Michael McMillan, President & Business Agent, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300
  • Tony Scott, Executive Director, Southwest Partnership
  • Samuel Snead, Director, Anne Arundel County Department of Transportation
  • Aaron Tomarchio, Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Tradepoint Atlantic
  • Adrea Turner, Chief of Staff, Urban Institute
  • D’Andrea Walker, Acting Director, Baltimore County Department of Public Works & Transportation
  • Mary Washington, Maryland State Senator, Baltimore City, District 43

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.