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For Immediate Release:

MDOT Invites Non-Metropolitan Area Officials to
Weigh in on Project Consultation Process

Brochure Outlining Draft Consultative Process
being Distributed to Eight Counties;
Process Effectiveness Reviewed every Five Years  

March 3, 2016

HANOVER, MD (March 3, 2016) – To ensure all local officials and the public have a voice in Maryland’s transportation planning, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) is inviting officials from the state’s eight non-metropolitan areas to comment on MDOT’s Draft 2016 Consultative Process.  A brochure being distributed to county and municipal officials describes the process for local officials and community members in non-metropolitan areas to have a say in the development of the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP) and the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).  MDOT’s Draft 2016 Non-Metropolitan Areas Consultative Process brochure also can be viewed at mdot.maryland.gov/Non_Metro_Area
 
A non-metropolitan area is a jurisdiction that is not a voting member on a federal Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a policy-making authority comprised of representatives from local government and governmental transportation agencies.  Maryland’s non-metropolitan areas include the following counties: Garrett, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Somerset and Worcester counties.  
 
“It is vital for people from all corners of the state to have a voice,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.  “Through this effort, all Marylanders will be heard and have input in developing and delivering better transportation projects across the state.” 
 
MDOT is seeking input from local elected officials, legislators, citizens, businesses, government agencies and community leaders in the eight counties.  At least once every five years, the state solicits comments from non-metropolitan areas on the effectiveness of the consultation process on transportation projects, in accordance with federal law.  This brochure was last updated in 2011.  
 
The MTP is MDOT’s blueprint for providing state transportation services and infrastructure over the next 20 years.  The STIP is Maryland’s federally-required program of transportation projects based on the MTP.  The STIP contains all projects in the CTP that will be implemented using federal funding. The final STIP goes through several series of public comment phases before its submission to the US Department of Transportation for approval.
 
Comments on the brochure or the planning/programming process are due by May 2, 2016 to mdotplanning@mdot.State.md.us or by calling 888-713-1414. 
 
Media Contacts:
 
Erin Henson
Teri Moss
MDOT Public Affairs
(410) 865-1025

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