The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) has launched the planning process for Resilience 2050: Adapting to the Challenges of Tomorrow, the next long-range transportation plan (LRTP) for the Baltimore region.
The Baltimore region and our transportation system face a variety of both short- and long-term challenges. Responding to and overcoming issues such as a global pandemic, climate change, and cyber threats is vitally important. The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how quickly challenges can arise that the region must respond to.
In light of these challenges, as well as more traditional challenges, the BRTB selected the theme of resilience and adapting to the challenges of a changing tomorrow for this plan. The ability of our region to be resilient is necessary for the ongoing and effective performance of our transportation system, our environment, our economy, and our livelihoods.
Introduction to the White Paper Series
Resilience 2050 will contain a list of major capital projects that the region expects to implement through the year 2050. In addition to major capital projects, it will also include planned investments for operating and preserving our region’s transportation system.
Arriving at this list of projects is a complex task. Below is a brief summary of the steps in the process and the many issues that must be considered in the long range planning process.
Each of the steps and issues are complex and deserving of more than just a few sentences. This is where the BRTB’s series of white papers comes in. We plan to release white papers on a series of topics over the next year leading up to the release of the draft of Resilience 2050 in early 2023. Our hope is that they can make the planning process for Resilience 2050 more transparent by breaking down key issues into smaller, more digestible pieces.
Visit https://publicinput.com/resilience2050whitepapers to learn more and to read the white papers.
Key steps in the process to develop Resilience 2050 include:
- Public Engagement – The BRTB will develop Resilience 2050 in consultation with a range of stakeholders and interested parties. Throughout the process, we will offer the public opportunities to be engaged. Launching in 2021, the BRTB would like to invite you to be a part of the conversation... What is resilience? What does it mean for our transportation system to be resilient? Be a part of the conversation.
- Goals and Strategies - Goals represent the guiding principles, and together with strategies, form the transportation vision for the region. These principles describe the system the region would like to achieve over the next 30 years.
View: Draft Goals | Comments Received | BRTB Response to Comments
- Performance Measures and Targets - Meaningful measures and targets that define success and track how the region is performing are required features of the plan. Evaluation of the performance of our transportation network, and ultimately our decisions on strategies and tactics, are transparent when these measures can be tracked against performance of the system.
- Emerging Trends - Planning for the future means considering the major trends and external forces that could affect our transportation system, sometimes dramatically, in the coming years. Understanding opportunities or vulnerabilities, associated with these trends can help us plan for the future.
- Financial Forecast - Resilience 2050 is not a wish list of projects. The LRTP must be financially constrained by the amount of revenue anticipated and may only include projects which are within the projected revenue. Understanding the transportation system’s operating and capital costs, user needs, and what resources are likely to be available over the timeframe of the LRTP is critical.
- Socioeconomic and Demographic Forecasts - Planning a transportation system for future generations is a complex task. How many people will live here? Where will they work? What kind of transportation service will they want or need? Answering these questions requires a forecast of what the Baltimore region may look like in the future. Our local members will develop for the BRTB data sets that forecast population, household, and employment levels through 2050 for use in Resilience 2050.
- Project Prioritization and Scoring - BRTB members contribute the policy part of a score and BMC staff conduct analysis that together help determine which projects should be included in the draft plan. The BRTB considers a wide range of criteria in this process. View the Project Scoring White Paper
- Analysis of Potential Effects – Once the BRTB selects a draft list of projects, known as the Preferred Alternative and the public weighs in, the BMC staff will then use the travel demand model and socioeconomic forecasts to analyze the potential effects of these major capital projects. This includes an air quality conformity analysis, travel demand effects, and an environmental justice (EJ) analysis.
- Draft Plan - The BRTB will compile these components into a draft plan, which will include a list of major capital projects, their timing and estimated costs, and the revenues reasonably expected to be available to fund the projects. The BRTB will make this draft available to the public for review and comment in Spring 2023.
As the BRTB considers each step in the planning process, we will share ways you can be involved and share your comments.
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