Maximize2040 for a Greater Baltimore Region
More than $54 billion in transportation improvements and funding for operating, maintaining, and expanding the region's transportation network are planned in Maximize2040: A Performance-Based Transportation Plan

Maximize2040 - an initiative of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) - seeks to make the best use of the region's limited resources for our region's residents and businesses. These investments will shape our region's future for decades to come.

After many months of planning and discussions with key stakeholders and the public, the BRTB wraps up its 45-day comment period for the draft Maximize2040 on Thursday, October 15

We hope that you will take a few minutes to review the Maximize2040 draft investment plan using our interactive map or via the links below and share your thoughts. 
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Below is a brief description of select highway and transit projects in Maximize2040. A full list can be downloaded from the Maximize2040 website. 

In addition, a breakdown of how the BRTB plans to invest the $54 billion in funding is shown in the next image. After lookin at the full list of projects and the funding mix, tell us what you think (see how to share your thoughts below).  
Maximize2040 Projects Map
See the full list of projects at
  • Road widening of I-695, from I-95 to MD 122, and from I-95 to I-83, for $1.49 billion. 
  • Widening MD 295, from I-195 to MD 100, for $287 million. 
  • The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) MARC Growth and Investment Plan, a $668 million project to improve mainline capacity, maintenance facilities and station areas. 
  • $155 million for potential Complete Streets/bicycle and pedestrian initiatives. 
  • Reconstructing and widening U.S. 50, from I-97 to MD 2, for $353 million. 
  • Widening MD 175, from the Howard County line to MD 170, for $274 million.
  • $219 million to widen I-795, from Franklin to Owings Mills boulevards; adding auxiliary lanes to Owings Mills Boulevard; and adding a new interchange at Dolfield Boulevard. 
  • $189 million to widen MD 32, from MD 26 to the Howard County line; and adding bicycle and pedestrian facilities. 
  • $537 million to widen of MD 22, from MD 543 to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Gate; adding an HOV lane from Old Post Road to the Aberdeen Proving Ground Gate; and creating bicycle and pedestrian access where applicable. 
  • Adding Bus Rapid Transit for $480 million on U.S. 29, from Mt. Hebron to MD 198. 
  • Improving Moravia Road, from Belair Road to Sinclair Lane, with $12 million in upgrades to the roadway, curbs, sidewalks, streetscape and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) elements. 
  • Constructing the Bayview MARC station, a $73 million new station on Lombard Street at Bayview Boulevard. 
Maximize2040 Draft Funding Breakdown
Story Map Offers Overview of Process to Create Plan and Interactive Map of Projects
Story Map Screenshot of Baltimore County Slide and Howard County Bus Rapid Transit Project Description
Maximize2040 has been developed with local, state, and federal agency transportation professionals, area business leaders, community advocates, and many other interested individuals and organizations. The eighteen-month planning process for Maximize2040 launched in March 2014 with a look at the region's transportation needs and challenges over the next 25 years. The BRTB joined key stakeholders and the public at an open house dialogue at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. 

In the summer, the BRTB considered how the region can make informed decisions about the future, especially when there are a lot of uncertainties about the future. The BRTB sought out opinions from the public and regional experts. More than 200 people throughout the Baltimore region participated in a survey that asked about the social, economic, technological, environmental and political forces that could play a role in long-range transportation planning.

The BRTB also solicited about 1,150 project ideas from individuals and organizations through an extensive outreach process in Fall 2014.  

We want to ensure that your voice is part of this process, if you have not done so already. Please take a few minutes by Thursday, October 15 to review this story map or our overview of the projects and funding and share your thoughts! 

How You Can 
Share Your Thoughts 

Fill out a comment card or write a letter 
Mail it to us at: 

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

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Share your ideas on Twitter 

@Maximize2040                @BaltoMetroCo 

@Bmoreinvolved              #BRTBlistens

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Fill Out a Survey 

Take a few minutes to answer some questions in our online survey and let us know what you think about this draft investment plan.

Join us for a Town Hall Meeting - Mark Your Calendars!
Share Your Comments at a BRTB Meeting 

At the start of each BRTB meeting members of the public have an opportunity to make comments. 
Comments are welcome during the Public Comment Opportunity during the BRTB meetings on:
        • Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 p.m. (elected/appointed officials)
        • Tuesday, November 24 at 9 a.m. (final vote)

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BRTB welcomes comments on Air Quality Report and amendments to short-range plan

The BRTB also seeks public comments on two other transportation documents until Thursday, October 15. 

Amendments to Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) 
The 2016-2019 TIP is a fiscally constrained list of regional transportation projects requesting federal funding. It includes more than $2.5 billion in proposed federal, state and local money for highway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian projects during the next four years. The funding goes towards maintaining, operating and expanding the transportation system. Amendments occur in the TIP because of changes to project scope and funding or changes to federal documentation policies. Public comment periods and meetings aim to keep communication open regarding these changes. 

The follow changes are proposed for the 2016-2019 TIP: 
  • Baltimore Red Line - The MTA proposes updating the TIP to reflect that the Baltimore Red Line project, a $2.65 billion 14.1-mile light rail transit line, will no longer move forward. At this time, the only funds being shown in the TIP are Fiscal Year 2016 state funds in the amount of $4.5 million, which will be used to close out the project. The 2016-2019 TIP Baltimore Red Line project previously allocated a total of $800 million in funding. 
  • East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) Road ReconstructionBaltimore City proposes adding the $6.8 million EBDI Road Reconstruction Project. This new project encompasses four square blocks north of the Johns Hopkins University East Baltimore campus at Chase and McDonogh Streets and Rutland Avenue. The roadway and infrastructure improvements are intended to support expected community and business redevelopment. The project utilizes funds from two SAFETEA-LU federal earmarks. The project allocates in both FY 2016 and FY 2017 a total of $2.72 million in federal funding and $680,000 in matching funding. 

Air Quality Conformity Report - Maximize2040 Draft Plan Air Quality Conformity Determination Report

Air Quality Conformity Determination Report The Baltimore region does not meet Clean Air Standards and so 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 amended 2016-2019 TIP for the Baltimore region and the long-range projects in Maximize2040. The report addresses the following criteria pollutants: ozone, fine particulate matter and carbon monoxide.

Maximize 2040 is an initiative of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board