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

Contact: Laura Van Wert, 410-732-9564  

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD OPEN FOR AMENDMENTS TO 2014-2017 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

BALTIMORE, MD (October 9, 2014) - The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) will accept public comments for six amendments proposed for the 2014-2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) until Monday, November 10. The BRTB will vote on the amendments on Tuesday, November 25, at 9 a.m.

 

The 2014-2017 TIP, which is the list of transportation projects requesting funding, includes more than $2 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the region during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. The TIP is fiscally constrained.

 

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) and Baltimore City request amendments to the TIP to reflect additional federal funding for projects. Three of the six projects are new additions to the TIP. Details are as follows:

 

New Projects to the TIP

  • The MTA proposes adding the Charm City Circulator Harbor Connector Electrification Project to the TIP for a discretionary ferryboat grant. The grant will be for $854,000 in federal funds, with a $151,000 match provided by Baltimore City. The project will allow the Baltimore City Department of Transportation to purchase and install one all-electric water taxi and high powered smart changing station for the Harbor Connector Commuter Service. The project would provide safe and environmentally friendly transportation for people along the city's waterfront, while continuing efforts to reduce traffic congestion and accompanying pollution.
  • The MTA proposes adding the Metro Railcar and Signaling System Replacement Project to the TIP so that it is able to apply for $29.6 million in federal Section 5307 funds in fiscal years 2015 and 2017, and $3.6 million in federal CMAQ funds for fiscal year 2017. The state will add $8.3 million in matching funds for this project. The project aims to replace metro railcar vehicles and the signaling system with modern and reliable equipment, which will enhance passenger comfort and improve safety.
  • Baltimore City proposes adding the proposed Hanover Bridge Multimodal Corridor Plan to the TIP, after receiving a $1.1 million federal TIGER grant. The city secured $700,000 in matching funds to leverage the federal grant funds. Baltimore City Department of Transportation, the Maryland Port Administration, private industry and community partners identified the Hanover Street Bridge corridor as a major barrier to multimodal transportation. This includes concerns over bicycle and pedestrian safety, freight movement, and access to transportation options for the nearly 50 percent of households in South Baltimore that do not have access to a vehicle. It also explores options to rehabilitate or reconstruct the Hanover Street Bridge, known as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge.

 

Projects Already Part of the TIP

  • The MTA requests amending the TIP to reflect a new mix of funding, including an additional $$26.1 million of Section 5307 federal funds and $5.8 million of Section 5399 federal funds for the Kirk Bus Facility Replacement, Phases I and II. More than 160 buses are stored, operated and maintained at the Kirk Division Bus Facility along the 2300 block of Kirk Avenue in Baltimore City. The overall project would renovate the current facility to address neighborhood concerns regarding noise, air quality and traffic. While Phase I of the project would renovate the maintenance area for the buses, Phase II addresses updates to the overnight bus storage area of the facility.
  • The MTA requests an additional $7.1 million in Section 5307 funding for the Metro Railcar Overhaul and Emergency Repairs Project. The amendment will allow FTA to process pending grant modifications. The funding would go toward the repairs of damaged railcar vehicles and to upgrade, overhaul and/or install new vehicle systems.
  • The SHA requests an additional $12 million in National Highway Performance Program funds and $3 million in matching funds for fiscal year 2015 for Regional Safety and Spot Improvements. This ongoing program provides localized improvements to address safety and/or operational issues on state highways. Such improvements include projects dealing with bypass lanes, acceleration and deceleration lanes, turn lanes, rail crossings, intersection safety improvements, pavement markers ADA improvements, guardrails and roundabouts.

 

Comments will be accepted during a public meeting on Wednesday, November 5, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, located at the Offices @ McHenry Row, 1500 Whetstone Way, Baltimore, MD, 21230. The public may also speak at the BRTB meetings on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, November 25, at 9 a.m. in the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's board room.

 

In addition, public comments will be accepted by email at comments@baltometro.org; by fax at 410-732-8248; on Twitter @BaltoMetroCo and @bmoreinvolved, using the hashtag #BRTBlistens; or by mail at:

 

Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board
Offices @ McHenry Row
1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21230

 

For more information, visit www.baltometro.org, or contact Regina Aris, transportation assistant director and policy planning manager, by email at raris@baltometro.org or by phone at 410-732-9572.

 

The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is the federally recognized metropolitan planning organization for transportation in the region. BMC provides the  BRTB 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.

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Laura Van Wert
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410-732-9564

lvanwert@baltometro.org   

 

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