HANOVER, MD — The Maryland Department of Transportation
(MDOT) recently released its Draft FY 2022 – FY 2027 Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which details MDOT's $16.4-billion six-year capital budget. The Draft CTP outlines investments in each of MDOT's transportation business units funded by the Transportation Trust Fund, including: Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA), Maryland Port Administration (MPA), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), State Highway Administration (SHA), and The Secretary's Office (TSO).
More than half of the $16.4 billion is budgeted for preserving aging infrastructure. Major projects continue to move forward with funding in the Draft CTP as well, including the Purple Line, American Legion Bridge, Howard Street Tunnel, the A/B Connector at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, the I-695/I-70 “Triple Bridges", and I-695 Traffic Relief Plan.
Planning and engineering for future projects comprises another significant portion of the Draft CTP. Those projects cover every region and mode of travel across the state, including:
- SHA – A full interchange at I-495/I-95 at the Greenbelt Metro Station and improvements to MD 197 in Prince George's County, US 15 in Frederick County, MD 90 in Ocean City, and US 219 North in Garrett County
- MTA – Study of two new transit corridors in the Baltimore region and the MARC Penn-Camden Connector
- MTA – Redevelopment of the Eastern Bus Facility, including charging for an expanded electric vehicle fleet
- MAA – Expansion of electric shuttle bus fleet
- MPA – Continuous dredge replacement to accommodate the supersized ships that use the Port of Baltimore
The Draft CTP budgets $7.3 billion to SHA. Key new system preservation projects include deck repairs for a series of bridges at the I-695/I-95 interchange, the replacement of I-70 bridges over Crystal Falls Drive, and rehabilitation of a series of bridges at and east of I-81 both in Washington County.
This CTP includes $6.8 billion for transit. Some of the key projects in the Draft CTP include: new dedicated bus lanes; bus stops and transit hubs, including ADA improvements; wayfinding; and bike and shared mobility.
The Draft CTP includes $1.1 billion for the MPA. The Port of Baltimore will reconstruct the Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore. The Draft CTP also includes funds for the reconstruction of Berth 3 at Dundalk Marine Terminal and for the expansion of the Cox Creek, Masonville, and Poplar Island dredged material containment facilities, as well as for the mid-Chesapeake Bay Island ecosystem restoration project.
This CTP includes $885.2 million for MAA. MAA is moving forward with a major, multi-year terminal improvement to the center of operations for Southwest Airlines. The Concourse A/B Connector and Baggage Handling System Project will transform a major portion of the airport. MAA also is moving forward on major site preparation and utility work that will support construction of a major aircraft maintenance facility.
The MVA is budgeted to receive $112.7 million. The Draft CTP includes funding for a major renovation at the Glen Burnie MVA headquarters. MVA's services will be enhanced with the final rollout of MVA's IT modernization project known as Customer Connect in December. Phase 2 will include driver services, driver enforcement, investigations, and financial services.
For TSO, the Draft CTP budgets $135.3 million. TSO added funding to support some key grants and programs, including $25 million for a new five-year transportation planning contract and $10 million for IT preservation program funding. The budget also includes an $8.7-million grant to Prince George's County for improvements along the WMATA Metro Blue Line corridor.
The MDTA budget totals $2.78 billion. Work is underway on key projects across the state, including the Nice/Middleton Bridge in Southern Maryland and I-95 Express Toll Lanes northeast of Baltimore. Construction for highway-speed all-electronic tolling on new gantries is underway at the Fort McHenry Tunnel, JFK Memorial Highway, and the Nice/Middleton Bridge. A study is underway for the I-895/Baltimore Harbor Tunnel Toll Plaza and Interchange Improvements.