5 WAYS YOU CAN STAY INVOLVED
Thank you to those who participated in the public outreach process of developing Maxmize2040. Our region has an abundance of opportunities for you to provide feedback and be engaged in the planning process. Below are five ways for you to stay involved.
PARTICIPATE IN BALTIMORELINK TRANSIT MEETINGS
In October, Governor Larry Hogan announced $135 million in investments designed to transform and improve transit throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. The multi-phase plan seeks to create an interconnected transit system, known as BaltimoreLINK, and includes redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore and adding 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes that improve connections to jobs and other transit modes.
A series of public workshops will be conducted in November and December to provide updated information on the BaltimoreLINK system and to collect feedback
. Presentations will be provided and the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) staff will be available to answer questions. The same information will be presented at each workshop.
APPLY TO SERVE ON THE BRTB'S PUBLIC ADVISORY COMMMITTEE
he Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB) is accepting applications for volunteers to serve on its Public Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC is a diverse group of residents, representatives of community organizations, and industry professionals that provide essential independent advice and feedback to the BRTB about regional transportation plans and related issues.
Members also assist in promoting equity and public awareness and participation in the regional transportation planning process.
Terms begin January 2016. Please submit applications by Tuesday, December 1, 2015. Applications received after this date will be processed on a rolling basis.
TALK TO YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS ABOUT LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES
Every year, all jurisdictions in the state submit a list of transportation priorities to the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT). Priority letters are generally limited to include projects that reflect realistic funding availability.
MDOT evaluates and selects proposed major capital projects for inclusion in a document called the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP). The CTP is a detailed list of capital transportation projects for the following six years.
The draft CTP is then presented at meetings in every county and Baltimore City. At these meetings, MDOT senior staff are on hand to receive comment. Following these meetings, a final draft is presented to the MD General Assembly in January.
GET INVOLVED THROUGH LOCAL PLANNING MEETINGSConnect with your local planning and zoning commission, department of transportation, or public works division to find out when they are holding public meetings on local master plans, bicycle and pedestrian plans, information sessions on traffic studies, and more.
Stay informed with e-Newsletters from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council (BMC) and Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (BRTB).
BMC sends out periodic press releases about BRTB comment periods or other items of interest, as well as its digital magazine, COG Quarterly. Connect with BMC online at @BaltoMetroCo and Facebook.
BMC also produces a periodic e-newsletter called B'more Involved. B'More Involved promotes civic engagement in local and regional transportation, planning and equity/environmental justice and shares information on air quality, safety for drivers and people who bike or walk, emergency preparedness, and more!