BRTB (Baltimore Regional Transportation Board) Press Release

Contact: Laura Van Wert, 410-732-9564  





BALTIMORE, MD (March 14, 2014) - Investments in the future, especially in transportation planning, require forward thinking that uses resources prudently but to their potential. In short, it maximizes. 


The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) launches its next long-range transportation plan, Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan, with a 30-day public comment period for its draft goals and strategies. Members of the public are encouraged to join in the conversation to help clarify those broad aspirations, and the strategy and policies to achieve those goals. Comments from the public will be accepted until Monday, April 14.

The BRTB also will host an open house for the public to be a part of the conversation regarding these goals and strategies on Wednesday, April 9 from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, located at 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. The event will feature opportunities for dialogue about each of Maximize2040's nine goals and strategies between the public and BRTB members, planning staff, local leaders and organizations.  


The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending may R.S.V.P. at

Maximize2040, the federal requirement for the BRTB to establish a long-range plan, will contain a list of the major transportation projects the region expects to implement between 2020 and 2040, such as the construction of major highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities. It also will establish the region's broad transportation goals and strategies, which will serve as the framework for planning and completing projects. The plan is tentatively scheduled to go to the BRTB for final approval in November 2015.

The BRTB's draft goals for Maximize2040 include:

  • Improve system safety
  • Preserve existing infrastructure
  • Improve accessibility
  • Increase mobility
  • Conserve and enhance the environment
  • Improve system security
  • Promote prosperity and economic opportunity
  • Foster participation and cooperation among stakeholders
  • Promote informed decision making

A full list of Maximize2040's draft goals and strategies is available for download at  


Those who wish to make a comment on the plans' draft goals and strategies may do so in the following manner:

  • The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Offices @ McHenry Row 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300 Baltimore, MD 21230      
  • In-person at the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, March 25 at 9 a.m., Tuesday, April 29 at 4 p.m., or at the BRTB's Citizen Advisory Committee's meeting on Wednesday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. All meeting will be held at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's office.


The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for transportation in the region. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) provides the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board with technical and staff support.  


Creating a long-range transportation plan is a federal requirement for the BRTB as the region's MPO. Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the law that establishes the requirements of, and authorizes the funding for, federal surface transportation programs.



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