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Stakeholder Input Sought on Seven Alternatives Under New Feasibility Study
BALTIMORE, MD (JUNE 1, 2022) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) and its regional partners – Baltimore City, Baltimore County and Howard County – announce completion of the first phase of a feasibility study for the development of an East-West Transit Corridor for the region. The corridor study was conducted as part of the Regional Transit Plan (RTP), a 25-year plan released in October 2020 to improve public transportation in Central Maryland.
“Completion of the feasibility study’s first phase is a significant step in the advancement of MDOT MTA’s mission to provide safe, efficient and equitable transit to the residents of the region,” said Administrator Holly Arnold. “I want to thank all of our partners and encourage our riders to share their thoughts on this exciting study.”
The East-West Transit Corridor study is one of several elements being implemented under the RTP, which aims to increase equitable access to jobs and opportunities across the region through the implementation of new transportation services. The study took a fresh look at prioritizing equity while establishing regional connections extending from Howard County through Baltimore City to Baltimore County. Local jurisdiction support such as Baltimore City’s Complete Street policy is enabling multiple options that prioritize transit access across the corridor.
The East-West Transit Corridor study area includes Essex, Bayview, Downtown Baltimore, West Baltimore, Woodlawn and Ellicott City. The alternatives were developed utilizing stakeholder feedback and a market analysis of travel patterns, transit ridership, land use and market conditions. Travel modes considered included Heavy Rail Transit, Light Rail Transit and Bus Rapid Transit.
The proposed alternatives include:
1. Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) from Bayview to Ellicott City via Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA),
2. BRT from Bayview to Ellicott City via Johns Hopkins Hospital and US 40,
3. Heavy Rail (Metro SubwayLink) Transit from Bayview to Edmondson Village, BRT from Edmondson Village to Ellicott City,
4. Light Rail Transit from Essex to CMS/SSA via Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital,
5. BRT from Essex to CMS/SSA via Bayview and Johns Hopkins Hospital,
6. Light Rail Transit from Bayview to CMS/SSA via the waterfront, and
7. BRT from Bayview to CMS/SSA via the waterfront.
The study compares each of the alternatives using numerous measures of effectiveness, including: reliability, travel time, type of guideway, ridership, access to households, students’ needs, future jobs potential, equity, cost risk and implementation time. The wide variety of measures allows stakeholders an easy and effective way to compare the various strengths and weaknesses of each alternative.
MDOT MTA and its partner jurisdictions are seeking stakeholder feedback on the results of the analysis by the conclusion of a 60-day comment period that ends August 1, 2022. Comments will be gathered through the project website, two virtual public meetings on June 23 and June 29, and at pop-up events at transit stops and other locations. MDOT MTA and partner jurisdictions will utilize the feedback as a basis for determining which alternatives will be retained for future study under the Alternatives Analysis Phase before one option is selected to apply for funding.
The Alternatives Analysis Phase is planned to begin this fall. A North-South Transit Corridor study is also in development, expected to be released in late summer.
For more information, please visit the project website at www.rtpcorridors.com/eastwest, contact the project team at email@example.com or call 443-475-0687.
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