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For Immediate Release:

$14 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR KEY BICYCLE,
PEDESTRIAN & TRAIL PROJECTS 

MDOT to Hold Public Workshops to Discuss Funding Sources,
Project Requirements and Priority Areas

February 22, 2016

HANOVER, MD (February 22, 2016 ) – As part of continuing efforts to expand bicycling and walking opportunities in Maryland, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and MDOT’s State Highway Administration (SHA) today announce $14 million in reimbursable grant funding will be available in 2016 for projects that enhance walking, biking, and recreational trail access statewide.   In March, two workshops will take place to provide local governments and non-profit organizations the opportunity to gather information on state-funded Bikeways, Transportation Alternatives, and Recreational Trails programs.
 
“I encourage local officials to attend a workshop to learn how to secure funding and partner with MDOT to establish priority areas for pedestrian and bicycle efforts,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. 
 
At the workshops, MDOT officials will provide information on funding sources, project eligibility/requirements and funding cycles.  The free workshops will be held on the following dates at these locations:
 
Thursday, March 3, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Historic London Town & Gardens
839 Londontown Road  
Edgewater, MD  21037 
 
 
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 
3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Rockville City Hall
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD  20850
 
RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-mdot-bikepedestriantrail-funding-programs-rockville-tickets-21220611420.

Additionally, MDOT staff will provide information about applying for designation of a Bicycle and Pedestrian Priority Area at the workshops.  Throughout the year, MDOT staff will meet with representatives from local jurisdictions across the State to discuss in detail bicycle and pedestrian plans and potential projects.  

 
MDOT is making state and federal funding available to support enhancements to Maryland’s bicycle and pedestrian network through the following programs:  Maryland’s Bikeways, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails.  Information regarding eligibility and submission deadlines for these programs is available at the following sites:  
• The Transportation Alternatives Program and Safe Routes to School: http://ow.ly/JHvRT
• The Recreational Trail Program: http://ow.ly/JHvVf
 
MDOT recently updated its Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, which establishes a 20-year vision to support cycling and walking as modes of transportation in Maryland.  Learn more at www.mdot.maryland.gov/BikeWalkPlan.

Media Contacts:

Erin Henson
Teri Moss
MDOT Public Affairs
(
410) 865-1025

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