Corridor Study Goals

North - South Corridor

Towson to Downtown Baltimore

1 Increase mobility and access to jobs, services, and other opportunities in the region.
2 Center equity as a core consideration.
3 Create strategic connection to local and regional multi-modal transportation options.
4 Support the region’s economic competitiveness and strategic growth.
5 Support the regions sustainability goals.

East - West Corridor

Bayview to Ellicott City

1 Improve the connectivity and operations of the existing transit network.
2 Expand the reach and connectivity of the regional transit network.
3 Prioritize the needs of existing transit riders and transit-critical populations.
4 Maximize the economic and environmental benefit of a major transit investment.

What goes into a Corridor Study?

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).

Corridor studies look at:

review icon

Previous Planning Studies:
What can we learn from the past?

handshake icon

Interjurisdictional coordination:
How can these projects best fit other city, county, and state-level efforts?

people icon

Public Engagement:
What do riders, residents, and
employers think?


transit icon

Market Analysis:
Who would be likely to use transit?

map icon

Travel Pattern Analysis:
Where do people want to go now and in the future?

landscape icon

Land Use Analysis:
What would be surrounding transit stops/stations?

What comes out of a Corridor Study?

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:

mode icon

Mode
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?

alignment icon

Alignment
Where would stops and stations be located and how close would they be to each other?


schedule icon

Schedule
What type of frequencies and operating hours can you expect?

transport infrastructure icon

Transportation Infrastructure
What types of physical improvements, including dedicated right-of-way or new stop amenities would improve the customer experience?

What's Next?

SPRING 2021
spring icon

Collaborate

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).

SUMMER 2021
propose icon

Propose

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.

EARLY 2022
evaluate icon

Evaluate

The Project Team will assess, evaluate, and present a full scoring of preliminary alternatives based on cost, ridership, and community priorities to the public.

SPRING 2022
engage icon

Engage

Gather feedback and insight on alternatives from transit riders, advocates, and other stakeholders.

SUMMER 2022
recommend icon

Recommend

Identify options for further study.