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For Immediate Release:
FEDERAL GRANT GREEN LIGHTS $27 MILLION MARYLAND PROJECT
TO ADVANCE TRANSFORMATIVE TRANSIT PLAN
FOR BALTIMORE CITY
Hogan Administration’s BaltimoreLink to Revitalize North Avenue with Streetscape, Dedicated Bus Lanes, Transit Signal Prioritization, Bike Lanes
and Penn Station Upgrades
July 29, 2016
(HANOVER, MD) -- Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn today announced the Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has received the green light to advance the $27 million project to revitalize North Avenue in Baltimore City as part of Governor Larry Hogan’s transformative BaltimoreLink transit plan. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant provides the final piece needed to move the “North Avenue Rising” project forward. This project will dramatically improve a 5-mile stretch of North Avenue in Baltimore City. The project is jointly funded with: $14.7 million from MDOT, $1 million from Baltimore City, and $1.6 million from U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration. This project is a part of the Maryland Transit Administration’s (MTA) BaltimoreLink project to transform transit in the region.
"After decades of lack of investment, North Avenue and the surrounding communities will get the long-overdue attention they deserve,” said Governor Hogan. “I am pleased that we can move forward with our local and federal partners to implement an efficient, effective transportation plan to improve the lives of many Baltimore residents in this important job corridor. This investment will produce much-needed economic revitalization in this important area.”
The TIGER grant will include funding for: dedicated bus lanes, traffic signal prioritization, new bike lanes, upgrades to MTA’s Penn Station Metro Subway and Light Rail stations, targeted improvements at major bus stops, improved sidewalks, streetscaping and needed roadway re-pavement along the corridor. North Avenue plays a vital role in Baltimore as a transportation corridor that connects historic neighborhoods, employment centers and cultural and educational institutions across the city. North Avenue is traversed by Baltimore’s second busiest bus line – carrying nearly 4 million passengers annually – and is one of the few roadways that connect the MTA’s Metro Subway and Light Rail transit systems.
“North Avenue is one of BaltimoreLink’s key transit corridors that will link residents to jobs and education,” said Transportation Secretary Rahn.
This corridor is home to many important Baltimore institutions such as Coppin State University and Maryland Institute College of Art. MTA and Baltimore City have worked together closely with the common goal of revitalizing North Avenue to its full potential.
The “North Avenue Rising” project is just one transformative piece of BaltimoreLink. Announced in October 2015 by Governor Hogan, BaltimoreLink is designed to create a better connected transit system. BaltimoreLink includes redesigning the entire local and express bus systems throughout Baltimore and adding 12 new high-frequency, color-coded bus routes that improve connections to jobs and other existing transit modes. Three new Express BusLink routes were rolled out this summer with the launch of CityLink color-coded bus routes and the completely redesigned LocalLink bus network will occur in June 2017.
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