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Transportation Secretary Rahn Announces
$5 Million for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects

Hogan Administration To Deliver 71 projects Across The State

October 31, 2016

(HANOVER, MD) -- Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today announced the Hogan Administration’s commitment to provide $5.2 million in grants for transportation alternatives and improvements to bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity across the state.  Secretary Rahn made the announcement at a ribbon-cutting event today for the four-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail missing link project that connects nearly 70 miles of trails in Maryland and the District of Columbia.  Continuing its commitment to making connections statewide, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is awarding a total of 71 grants to transportation agencies, local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations, from 3 separate state and federal grant programs:  Maryland Bikeways Program, Recreational Trails Program and Transportation Alternatives Program. 

“These grants will deliver great projects to create a truly integrated transportation network that connects Marylanders to life’s opportunities in every corner of our state,” said Secretary Rahn. 

These programs are an important element of MDOT’s strategy to help improve the safety and connectivity of a multimodal transportation network.  One key grant project will retrofit 30 Bi-Level MARC cars, to accommodate standard sized bicycles on weekday service on all three lines – Penn, Camden and Brunswick. While bike cars now are available on the Penn Line on the weekends, the only bikes allowed on regular weekday MARC are folding bikes.  This new weekday MARC bike access will help commuters travel the first and last mile of their trip to work and home.

Among the grant recipients is the City of Frederick, who has been a key partner in advancing bicycle access and safety with the use of MDOT program funds.  This year, they will receive funding for a critical extension of multi-phase Carroll Creek Trail project. 

“We’re very excited by this,” said The City of Frederick Mayor Randy McClement. “With this project, we will achieve a full, 10-foot-wide, state-of-the-art mixed-use path connecting five and a half miles from the western edge of the city to downtown Frederick. That includes access to a MARC train and commuter bus station as well as many other attractions and businesses.”

Program funding is also being devoted to the continued expansion of Bikeshare programs across the state.  Building on previous partnerships and investments, MDOT’s announcement includes a $340,588 investment to support new Capital Bikeshare stations at the White Flint and Twinbrook Metro Stations and other locations in the Twinbrook area.

The Maryland Bikeways Program offers grant assistance to local jurisdictions and other key agencies to fill missing links in the state’s bicycle system and maximize bicycle access, thus improving safety and enhancing multi-modal connectivity.

The $1.97 million in Bikeways Program Grants funds 18 projects, including projects that will:

  • design and construct a bicycle boulevard along Covington Street in South Baltimore;
  • install 20 bike racks, on-road “sharrows” and automated permanent bike traffic counters at the University of Maryland College Park;
  • create design plans and acquire easements for a connection between the B&A Trail, Anne Arundel Community College, and the Broadneck Trail.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) focuses on trail investments that close missing links in the statewide trail network.  RTP provides funds for trail construction, enhancement, repairs, and maintenance of land and water trails.

The $1.20 million in RTP Grants funds 48 projects, including projects that will:

  • install three miles of new, natural surface trail at Cosca Regional Park as part of an effort to revitalize an overgrown abandoned trail;
  • construct a .3-mile trail along the Pocomoke River, improving recreational access and the visitor experience of Pocomoke City’s Main Street; and
  • create 1.5 miles of new multi-use trail to complete a “missing link” in the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Area.

The Transportation Alternatives (TA) Program provides funding for on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, environmental mitigation, safe routes to school projects and planning, designing or constructing boulevards.  

The $1.82 million in TA Program Grants funds five projects, including projects that will:

  • provide safe routes to school by constructing sidewalks in the City of Hagerstown; and
  • support the 200th Anniversary celebration of the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad with installation of a new crossing gate, bridge improvements, and track restoration at the B&O Museum in Baltimore City.

A complete list of grant-funded projects for each program can be found attached to this release.  Detailed information about each program is available by selecting the following links or visiting cycle.maryland.gov.

The grant funds include both Federal and State funding and collectively support MDOT’s priorities to address critical transportation safety and connectivity needs for all modes of transportation.  MDOT’s draft six-year budget (Consolidated Transportation Program FY 2017 – FY 2022) includes approximately $184 million for bicycle, pedestrian, and trail-related projects - including more than $13 million for the Bikeways Program, $53 million for Transportation Alternatives and $5 million for Recreational Trails.  For more information about MDOT, please visit our website at mdot.maryland.gov.

The $23.2 million Anacostia River Trail trail link project was made possible through a federal, state and local partnership with:  U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service, MDOT, the District of Columbia, District Department of Transportation, Prince George’s County and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

CONTACTS:
Erin Henson
Gary Witherspoon
410-865-1025

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