BRTB (Baltimore Regional Transportation Board) Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Barbara Herron, 410-732-9564  

BRTB OFFERS FIRST LOOK AT PROJECTS IN FY 2014-2017 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, SEEKS COMMENTS 
BALTIMORE (June 19, 2013) - The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB), which serves as the conduit for federal transportation dollars in the Baltimore region,  has released a draft list of new and ongoing projects for which federal funding will be requested over the next 4 years. Projects are drawn from recommendations in PlanIt 2035, the long-range transportation plan for the Baltimore region, and will be included in the draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for FY 2014-2017.

The proposed projects will protect and enhance our current transportation investments by providing for maintenance and system expansion. Transportation projects benefit the community by providing jobs, and also make our system safer, reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide more alternatives for moving people and goods.

Proposed new projects include:  
  • Development and evaluation to support additional parking at the Aberdeen MARC station
  • An auxiliary lane on I-695 between MD 41 and MD 147
  • Belair Road and Seton Hill Complete Streets improvements
  • The six-mile Governor Brown trail linking Sykesville to surrounding destinations
  • Intersection improvements to support access to APG at US 40 and MD 7/MD 159.

Ongoing projects include:

  • Replacement of the Kirk Avenue Bus Facility
  • Repaving area roads
  • Bridge repairs and painting
  • A northbound lane on US 29 between Seneca Drive to south of MD 175
  • Improved traffic lights and coordinated signal systems
Project information is available online in list and database format on the 2014-2017 TIP page.  The public is invited to comment on individual projects or the mix of projects through July 15th.

Submit comments in writing to:

            Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
            Offices @ McHenry Row
            1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
            Baltimore, MD  21230
            Fax: 410-732-8248
            E-mail: comments@baltometro.org

Written or verbal comments may also be submitted at the BRTB meeting at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council on Thursday, June 27, at 4:30 p.m.

Comments postmarked by July 15 will be accepted no later than 3 days after the end of the comment period.

Following this initial review, a final draft list of projects will be released for a 30-day public review period from July 31 through August 30. Several new capacity projects will be proposed at that time. The final draft will be accompanied by a report on the potential impact of these projects on the region's air quality.

For more information about the TIP, contact Regina Aris at raris@baltimetro.org or 410-732-9572.
Working to improve the quality of life in the Baltimore region.


The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is the federally-recognized Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation in the Baltimore region. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) staff provides technical and staff support to the BRTB. BMC is the organization of the region's elected executives who are committed to identifying regional interests and developing collaborative strategies, plans and programs which will improve the quality of life and economic vitality throughout the region.

 


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 Barbara Herron
 Communications Officer   410-732-9564
 bherron@baltometro.org   

 

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