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

Contact: Laura Van Wert, 410-732-9564  

 

RED LINE CONSTRUCTION FUNDING AMENDMENT TO 

2014-2017 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM 

OPEN FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

 

BALTIMORE, MD (August 13, 2014) - The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) will accept public comments regarding an amendment to the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for construction funding for the Baltimore Red Line until Friday, September 12. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on the amendment at its meeting on Tuesday, September 23.

 

An open house is scheduled on Wednesday, August 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland BioPark, located at 801 West Baltimore Street in Baltimore City. The BioPark is accessible by several Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) buses and the free Charm City Circulator Orange route. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.baltometro.org.

 

MTA requests an amendment to the 2014-2017 TIP to reflect programmed funding for Baltimore Red Line as follows:

  • To shift $69 million in project planning funds from fiscal year 2014 to fiscal year 2015
  • To add $400 million in federal New Starts program funding and state matching funds to the construction phase split evenly between fiscal year 2016 and fiscal year 2017.

 

The Baltimore Red Line will increase mobility in an east-west corridor of the Baltimore region from Woodlawn, Baltimore County, to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore City. This project also seeks to help alleviate traffic congestion, provide better connectivity to existing transit service, support new and future transit-oriented economic development and revitalization efforts, and help address regional air quality issues.

 

The Alternatives Analysis, the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and preliminary engineering for the Baltimore Red Line are complete. Final design of the project is underway and FTA has recommended the project for a Full Funding Grant Agreement.

 

Please send written comments about the Baltimore Red Line amendment to the 2014-2017 TIP by email to comments@baltometro.org; by fax to 410-732-8248; on Twitter @BaltoMetroCo or @bmoreinvolved, using #BRTBlistens; or by mail to:

 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board

Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator

Offices @ McHenry Row

1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300

Baltimore, MD 21230

 

All mailed comments must be received no later than three days after the end of the comment period.

 

Public comments also will be accepted at the BRTB meeting on Tuesday, September 23 at 9 a.m. at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council.

 

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

 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board operates its programs and services without regard to race, color, or national origin in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable laws. Appropriate services can be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities or those in need of language assistance who submit a request at least seven days prior to a meeting. Call 410-732-0500.

 

For more information on the Baltimore Red Line amendment to the 2014-2017 TIP, please contact Regina Aris, BRTB transportation assistant director and policy planning manager, by email at raris@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-9572.

 

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Laura Van Wert
Communications Officer     
410-732-9564

lvanwert@baltometro.org   

 

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