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Thank you for subscribing to B'More Involved! B'More Involved is produced by the Baltimore Metropolitan Council on behalf of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board.  B'more Involved promotes civic engagement in local and regional transportation, planning, environmental justice, and equity and sharing information on air quality, safety for drivers and people who bike or walk, emergency preparedness, and more. This important information - also posted on Facebook and Twitter - is a great way for you to learn more, stay up-to-date on important events and news, and, of course, let you know how you can B'More Involved! 
 
2016 - 2019 TIP Interactive Project Map
$3.3 BILLION IN TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT 
Air Quality Report also available for review through Monday, July 13

Draft 2016-19 Transportation Improvement Program
The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) seeks public comments through Monday, July 13 on two transportation-related documents - the 2016-2019 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and the associated Air Quality Report. 

The TIP lists highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the region worth approximately $3.3 billion in federal, state and local money during the next four years.

Draft 2016-19 Air Quality Report The Baltimore region does not currently meet the Clean Air Standards and must review its current transportation plan and program to ensure conformity with the State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP). 

The Air Quality Conformity Determination Report details a comprehensive analysis of effects of the draft 2016-2019 TIP and the long-range projects in Plan It 2035 (as amended) on the region's ozone, fine particulate matter and carbon monoxide pollution levels. 

Highlights of the TIP projects are online via webcast  for each jurisdiction (visit our YouTube channel or use the link below to view) and all the draft projects can be viewed in an online interactive map. The full draft TIP and Air Quality Report are online and print versions are available at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Regional Information Center.  

Please send all comments in writing by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13 to: The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator, 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230; Fax: 410-732-8248, E-mail: comments@baltometro.org or Twitter: @BaltoMetroCo and @Bmoreinvolved using the hashtag #BRTBlistens. The BRTB is scheduled to vote on these documents on Tuesday, July 28.


Vulnerable Populations Index Map
LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY
Comments welcome on draft plan through Monday, July 13
Draft Limited English Proficiency Plan - Cover
 
The BRTB also released a draft Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Plan for public comment. 

This plan seeks to ensure that large numbers of residents of the Baltimore region who do not speak or read English proficiently have access to the BRTB's planning process and published information, and that public notification is provided in other languages. 

The draft plan includes a four-part analysis and addresses how the BRTB provides services to LEP individuals. The draft LEP plan is available online in PDF format in English or Spanish. Print versions are also available at the Baltimore Metropolitan Council's Regional Information Center.

Please send all comments in writing by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 13 to: The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board, Attn: Public Involvement Coordinator, 1500 Whetstone Way, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230; Fax: 410-732-8248, E-mail: comments@baltometro.org or Twitter: @BaltoMetroCo and @Bmoreinvolved using the hashtag #BRTBlistens.


Opportunity Collaborative Public Engagement Example
OPPORTUNITY COLLABORATIVE RELEASES BALTIMORE REGIONAL
PLAN FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Plan developed by diverse consortium through analysis, grants, and public engagement

Opportunity Collaborative Regional Plan for Sustainable Development cover On June 8, the Opportunity Collaborative launched the Baltimore Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, the first-ever plan that brings together housing, workforce development and transportation for the region to reduce disparities and connect all of our residents to a prosperous future. 

The outcomes of the plan will lower transportation costs for families, create cleaner and safer communities and increase educational and employment opportunities throughout the region. The RPSD is the culmination of three years of research, analysis and deliberation. The plan's recommendations and strategies are intended to address the challenges created by regional disparities. 


Charm City Circulator - Fast Friendly Free
CHARM CITY CIRCULATOR PROPOSES SERVICE CHANGES STARTING JULY 20

The goal of the Charm City Circulator (CCC) is to reduce traffic congestion, spread the use of the existing parking supply, tie growing communities together for residents and visitors, and connect different types of transportation by providing a safe, alternative mode of public transportation while reducing automobile congestion and air pollution in the city's central business district.
 
A proposal to restructure the CCC is available for public feedback, in an effort to address a budget deficit while meeting ridership needs and traffic reduction goals. Adjustments to the program include schedule and route changes. 
Be a Bike Friendly Driver
PLEDGE TO BE A BIKE FRIENDLY DRIVER
Bike Friendly Magnet
More and more, people riding bicycles are venturing onto Maryland roads. Marylander's young and old ride bikes for transportation and recreation. We all have a responsibility to the others on the road, and a few simple practices can make you a Bike Friendly Driver.
  1. Eyes on the road - Avoid using hand held devices behind the wheel.
  2. Give three feet - Always give people on bicycles three feet of space when you pass them.
  3. Slow to pass - If there is not room to give three feet of space, slow down until it is safe to pass.

Become a Bike Friendly driver. Take the pledge and join the scores who have already done so and are sporting a Bike Friendly magnet on their vehicles!

 

Take the pledge and sign up to get your magnet

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS, NEWS, AND RESOURCES
Baltimore Data Day
Thursday, July 9 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and Friday, July 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Baltimore City
This conference will help community leaders expand their ability to use technology and data for the improvement of Baltimore's neighborhoods. Baltimore Data Day brings together community organizations, nonprofit agencies, civic and faith-based institutions, and government entities. The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required (link above).


Thursday, July 9 at 7 p.m. - Annapolis Waterfront Marriott
Provide your input and learn more about how Annapolis can protect its historic buildings, homes and businesses from the impacts of tidal flooding, sea level rise and natural disasters.


B & P Tunnel Project Community Meetings
B and P Tunnel with trainTuesday, July 14 and Thursday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. - Baltimore City
The Federal Railroad Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation, Amtrak, and the Baltimore City Department of Transportation will host a series of community meetings on the Baltimore and Potomac (B & P) Tunnel Project to develop an alternative to the existing tunnel. The meetings provide opportunities for community input and feedback.

Easter Seals Introduction to Travel Training
September 15 to 17 - Washington, D.C.
Travel training services assist people to increase their abilities to travel more independently through individualized coaching and instruction to promote travel skills and safety. This course offers travel trainers basic information needed to expand their own skills and enhance the services of their school or organization.

The 5-day weekly pass will provide unlimited trips on MARC train and local transit services, Monday through Friday. The new option is now available along with the other new fares recently announced by MTA.

Hurricane Sandy Satellite Image
Getting Ready for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean began on June 1 and ends November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that this year's hurricane season should include six to 11 named storms, three to six of which should become hurricanes. Hurricanes can be dangerous and life-threatening. So it's important to understand ways to stay safe and be prepared. For example, make a plan with your family. Write down emergency phone numbers and identify a meeting place in case you have to evacuate in a hurry and all family members are not together. Never ignore evacuation orders.
 
MTA Bus Tracking Has Arrived
Clean Air Partners Air Alerts
BMC LogoMonica B. Haines Benkhedda
Public Involvement Coordinator
410-732-0500 x1047
mhainesbenkhedda@baltometro.org
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