The Regional Transit Plan (RTP) identifies 30 transit corridors that together would create a strong transit network in Central Maryland. The transit corridors are places that show a strong demand for transit and connect people across the region. Transit corridors are not just lines on a map showing where current service goes—they are opportunities to explore new ways to make it easier to travel without a car, including new transportation modes, schedules, routes, and infrastructure.
In 2019-2020, MDOT MTA worked with the Regional Transit Plan Commission, local jurisdictions, and members of the public to prioritize transit corridors based on data showing transit readiness and potential to contribute to equitable transportation outcomes, including access to jobs and other essential trips. Starting in 2021, MDOT MTA, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County will be studying two transit corridors:
For details about how the regional transit corridors were identified and prioritized view Chapter 6 of the RTP
Corridor Studies identify the range of options (also known as alternatives) that best serve existing and future transit demand for a specific study area. In each case, MDOT MTA and its partners will work with jurisdictional partners and the public to set corridor-specific goals and objectives to evaluate potential routes, modes, and service characteristics (stop/station locations and frequency).
Previous Planning Studies:
What can we learn from the past?
How can these projects best fit other city, county, and state-level efforts?
What do riders, residents, and
Who would be likely to use transit?
Travel Pattern Analysis:
Where do people want to go now and in the future?
Land Use Analysis:
What would be surrounding transit stops/stations?
It takes approximately one year for Corridor Studies to narrow down all of the possible ways to travel between destinations into a final group of two to three alternatives that will receive further engineering analysis. Each alternative offers a different approach to how the service would work, including these characteristics:
What combination of limited stop or express bus, bus rapid transit, light rail, heavy rail, commuter rail, and other new technologies is the best fit?
Where would stops and stations be located and how close would they be to each other?
What type of frequencies and operating hours can you expect?
What types of physical improvements, including dedicated right-of-way or new stop amenities would improve the customer experience?
The Project Team will work with local jurisdictions, institutional stakeholders, and the public to set goals and objectives to help compare options for route and stop/station locations as well as the type of transit (for example, bus or rail).
The Project Team will gather small groups of representatives from local jurisdictions, community groups, employers, and other interested stakeholders to get initial feedback on a range of potential routes and modes.
The Project Team will assess, evaluate, and present a full scoring of preliminary alternatives based on cost, ridership, and community priorities to the public.
The Project Team will identify a final 2-3 alternatives that will receive further engineering study.
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