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

Contact: Laura Van Wert, 410-732-9564  

MAXIMIZE YOUR INFLUENCE: BALTIMORE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION BOARD SEEKS PUBLIC IDEAS FOR LONG-RANGE PLAN

BALTIMORE, MD (September 9, 2014) - The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) will accept project ideas from individuals and organizations through Tuesday, December 9, 2014. The project ideas go toward the development of Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan.

 

Maximize2040, the next long-range transportation plan for the Baltimore region, will list major projects that will receive federal funding in the years 2020-2040. The BRTB developed two ways for the public to share their project ideas - an interactive map and a public participation form.

 

The interactive map allows the public to quickly brainstorm ideas. Those who wish to submit suggestions via the map may do so by identifying the location in which they'd like to suggest a project and drop a "pin." Users then may provide short details about that project. The interactive map also allows users to view locations and suggestions proposed by others. For more information on the interactive map, visit www.maximize2040.com.

 

The public may also make project suggestions by filling out a form and sending it back to the BRTB. Users can download the project idea form as a PDF or Word document from the website. This form allows the public to write in brief details, such as the location and type of project, what goals and objectives it meets, and how it will benefit the Baltimore region.

 

The BRTB mainly is interested in large-scale projects, but also will accept those of a smaller-scale and distribute them to the appropriate jurisdiction or agency. Major projects that are large-scale and long-term in scope include a major highway widening or the construction of new bridges, interchanges, transit lines or bicycle paths. Likewise, many of the projects that will be included in Maximize2040 already are a part of other state and local transportation plans. The BRTB also is interested in receiving ideas about smaller-scale improvements such as sidewalk improvements, bike racks and bus stops.

 

 

All written comments and project suggestions may be submitted by email to comments@baltometro.org; by fax at 410-732-8248; on Twitter @BaltoMetroCo or @bmoreinvolved, using #BRTBlistens; or by mail at:

 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board

Offices @ McHenry Row

1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300

Baltimore, MD 21230

 

Public project ideas will go to the BRTB by the end of 2014. The BRTB will then begin the process to identify the projects for inclusion in Maximize2040 in early 2015. The BRTB will consider all ideas and will share the list with the public as the plan progresses. The sharing of project ideas promotes dialogue and informs the BRTB members of residents' and organizations' ideas for the future transportation system in the Baltimore region.

 

For more information on the call for public project ideas for Maximize2040, please contact Monica Haines Benkhedda, public involvement coordinator, by email at mhainesbenkhedda@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-0500 x1047; and/or

Terry Freeland, senior transportation planner, by email at tfreeland@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-0500 x1028. For more information, visit www.maximize2040.com.

 

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 BRTB with technical and staff support.

 

The BRTB 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.

 

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Laura Van Wert
Communications Officer     
410-732-9564

lvanwert@baltometro.org   

 

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