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Funding Requested to Support New Buses, Infrastructure for Towson Circulator Pilot

Baltimore County has won a federal grant award to support the launch of a Towson Circulator pilot. The $1.65 million award, announced today by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, was requested by County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s administration as it seeks to create innovative transportation options for Baltimore County residents.
 
“The Towson Circulator will be a critical project that will better connect residents between where they live, work, study, and play,” said County Executive Olszewski. “We commend our Congressional delegation on supporting our request for this critical funding to move forward with this first-of-its-kind integrated transportation project in Baltimore County.”

In his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Olszewski included funds to begin planning a Towson Circulator pilot, with plans to expand to other communities. In addition, the administration has named the first ever transportation planner and is in the process of hiring a deputy in the Department of Public Works to oversee transportation efforts and strategy.

“We are excited to announce this federal investment to help kick-start the Towson Circulator, which will provide a new, much-needed transit option to downtown Towson and the surrounding community. Maintaining a safe, reliable and convenient public transit system is critical to Baltimore County and we will continue working to expand and modernize transportation systems throughout Maryland,” the federal lawmakers said.   

Today’s award, announced as part of a nearly $14 million federal, statewide investment announced from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, will support the purchase of new buses and infrastructure for the Towson Circulator.

"With little room for new roads, a Circulator is essential to improving mobility in Downtown Towson,” said Councilman David Marks. “I thank County Executive Olszewski and our federal partners for their support of this initiative."

More details on the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program may be found on the Federal Transit Administration's website.


As Baltimore County Looks to Expand Transit Access, Survey Will Gather Resident Input and Ideas

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today released a transportation survey that will allow County residents to share information about the transportation challenges they face, and solicit input and ideas about how those challenges can be addressed.

The survey is a step in a larger effort to increase transit options for County residents and identify other opportunities to help people get around more easily and efficiently.

"How easily people can get around has a major impact on quality of life, but for too long Baltimore County has been focused on roads alone," Olszewski said. "We're changing the narrative by investing in things like transit and bike lanes and looking for innovations that can better serve County residents."

The Baltimore region is one of the 20 most congested areas in the United States, with the average commute time topping 30 minutes. For residents who travel by MTA bus, commute times are often much longer. However, while some other large jurisdictions in Maryland operate extensive Locally Operated Transit Systems, Baltimore County's CountyRide is limited in service and scope. CountyRide operates on-demand rather than with fixed routes, and it serves only the county's older adults and residents with disabilities.

Investing in the Transportation Infrastructure

In his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Olszewski included funds to begin planning a Towson Circulator pilot, with plans to expand to other commercial corridors.

In addition, in his Consolidated Transportation Program request to the Maryland Department of Transportation, Olszewski asked for state support in line with what other counties receive in order to invest in the infrastructure to begin expanding the County's transit system.

The request also included items to address traffic concerns in areas around the County and accommodate past and future planned growth, including a long-needed interchange at Interstate 795 and Dolfield Boulevard—a request the County has made since 2007.

Beyond transit and roads, Olszewski included in his budget the first ever line item for bike and pedestrian features.

In addition, Olszewski has taken steps to add capacity within government to more effectively plan transportation projects and identify opportunities for innovation. He has hired a lead transportation planner within the Department of Public Works and taken steps to build a transportation bureau within the department.

Residents can take the survey online. For more information about transportation in the County, listen to the latest episode of The County podcast.


Says We Must Work Together on Complex Issues for the Good of the Region

Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler released the following statement in response to efforts to limit bus and light rail service between Baltimore City and Baltimore County:

"I will inform the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) that I do not support any effort to limit bus and light rail service from Baltimore City to the County. While I understand the frustration that was caused by a recent disruption at White Marsh Mall, stigmatizing and creating hardship for City residents is not an acceptable response. It is 2018. Not 1950. We are neighbors with Baltimore City and stand with them. We cannot and should not put a moat around our City partners. We must continue to work together on complex issues for the good of the Baltimore region."
 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017