Friday, June 10, 2016

State Seeking Public Comments on Transportation Programs

The Maryland Department of Transportation is seeking comment from the public on their statewide transportation improvement program.  We encourage motorists to examine the 2017 Transportation Improvement Plan and express their own priorities to mdotplanning@mdot.state.md.us by July 7th.




Maryland Department of Transportation Seeking Public Comment
on the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program 

Program Provides a Look at Federally-Funded State Transportation Projects

June 6, 2016

HANOVER, MD (June 6, 2016) – To ensure all Marylanders have a voice in transportation projects throughout the state, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is inviting the public to comment on the Draft Fiscal Year 2017 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.  Maryland’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a four-year, fiscally constrained, and prioritized set of transportation projects that is compiled from state, local, and regional plans.  The STIP is the formal process of requesting federal funding for the projects in the legislatively approved six-year transportation budget known as the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP).  These projects were first presented to the public for comment in fall 2015 as part of the CTP tour to Maryland’s 23 counties and to Baltimore City.
“It is vital for people from every corner of the state to have a voice,” said Secretary Pete K. Rahn.  “Through this effort, all Marylanders will have input in developing and delivering a better transportation network across the state.”
The STIP is Maryland’s federally-required program that compiles all of the regional metropolitan Transportation Improvement Programs with State non-metropolitan projects to provide one comprehensive list of local and regional priority projects.  These project lists are developed using the 2035 Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) as a guide.  The MTP is a 20-year vision for transportation in Maryland that outlines the state's transportation goals, policies and priorities and helps guide statewide investment decisions across all modes of transportation. 
STIP projects are selected through an annual development process.  The Maryland STIP is financially constrained by the revenues reasonably expected to be available through the STIP’s four-year funding period.  Maryland is federally required to update the STIP every four years. However, MDOT develops a new STIP closer to every two years and solicits comments in accordance with federal law.  The STIP was last updated in 2014.  
MDOT’s Draft STIP can be viewed at mdot.maryland.gov/Draft_FY2017_STIP.  The public may comment in writing through July 5 by email to: mdotplanning@mdot.state.md.us or mail to STIP Comments Office of Planning & Capital Programming, Maryland Department of Transportation, 7201 Corporate Center Drive, Hanover, Maryland 21076.  This is the final phase of public comments on the STIP before the Final FY 2017 STIP is submitted to the US Department of Transportation for approval.
Media Contacts:
Erin Henson
Teri Moss
410-865-1025