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MDOT Announces $20 Million for 43 Bicycle & Pedestrian Projects

Transportation Secretary Announced Local Grants and Key Project Updates

November 29, 2017

HANOVER, MD -- The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) announced $20,395,834 in grants to support improvements for bicycle and pedestrian safety and connectivity across the state.  Three separate state and federal grant programs will provide funds to transportation agencies, local jurisdictions and non-profit organizations for 43 projects.  The announcement includes:  $2.1 million in State funds from the Maryland Bikeways Program; $478,000 in federal funding from the Recreational Trails Program, and $17.8 million in federal funding from the Transportation Alternatives Program. 

“By investing in improvements for pedestrians and bicyclists across the state, we are providing more transportation options for people of all ages as part of Maryland’s balanced transportation network,” said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn.

The three grant programs allow the State to support local partners and invest in safety and connectivity improvements in the multi-modal transportation network.  For example, a project to link the WB&A Trail in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties will receive $4.7 million from the Transportation Alternatives Program.  The project will link the WB&A Trail in Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties with a bridge over the Patuxent River.  The 700-foot bicycle and pedestrian bridge will complete a key missing link in the WB&A Trail, which was built on the abandoned railroad corridor of the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway.  Once constructed, bicyclists and other trail users will be able to travel more safely than sharing the roadways with motorized vehicles on MD 450, MD 3 and MD 175.  The WB&A Trail is a component of the East Coast Greenway and the American Discovery Trail, which are national trail systems running from Maine to Florida and Delaware to California, respectively.  This project is the result of an inter-jurisdictional planning and design team with broad public interest and support.

“The connection of the two trail corridors in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties enhances the recreational value and destination alternatives for bicycle riders and walkers in both jurisdictions,” said John Keene, President of the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails.

With these awards, the state also continues its support for implementing Bikeshare systems in communities where residents, commuters and visitors can access publicly available bicycles for short trips.  Bikeshare systems consist of a fleet of specially designed, safe and durable bicycles that are locked into a network of docking stations throughout the service area.  Prince George’s County will launch phases 1 and 1A of a
5-phase effort to deliver bikeshare to Prince George’s County, connecting with bikeshare systems in the region.  A Maryland Bikeways Program award of $188,765 will go toward phase 1A, which includes installing four bikeshare stations in the National Harbor area. Phase 1, which is construction, was awarded $737,362.50 from the Transportation Alternatives Program.  In Montgomery County, a $269,834 Maryland Bikeways Program award will be used to expand the Bethesda Trolley Trail Bikeshare network in Bethesda to Grosvenor Metro Station.

Combined awards from the Transportation Alternatives and Maryland Bikeways programs, which total $4,950,099, support a local priority in Somerset County through funding construction on a 4.5-mile Hiker-Biker Trail in the Route 413 corridor between Crisfield and Marion Station.  The trail is designed to link two communities and provide a venue for exercise, transportation and special events focusing on health and wellness, and it supports recreational tourism in Somerset County.

The Maryland Bikeways Program, which is administered through MDOT, 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 $2,074,514 in Maryland Bikeways Program awards will fund 11 projects, including projects that will:

  • extend the Gilchrest Rail Trail in Chestertown;
  • install a bicycle route in Ocean City; and
  • complete designs for a 2-mile trail connection in North Laurel.

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) focuses on trail investments that close missing links in the statewide recreational trail network.  RTP provides funds for trail construction, enhancement, repairs and maintenance of land and water trails.  The $478,238 in RTP grants funds 16 projects, including projects that will:

  • construct a trail viewing platform at Adkins Arboretum;
  • extend the Algonquin Cross County Trail at the Chesapeake & Pocomoke State Forest; and
  • stabilize off-road vehicle and snowmobile trails at Potomac-Garrett State Forest.

The Transportation Alternatives 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. A portion of the state’s Transportation Alternatives allotment is awarded by metropolitan planning organizations, and a portion is awarded by the State. The combined awards total $17,843,082 and support 17 projects, including projects that will:

  • Design and construct safety and connectivity enhancements at the Aberdeen MARC Station;
  • Repair 12 miles of the C&O Canal Towpath near Sharpsburg; and
  • Construct safety improvements near Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown.

A complete list of grant-funded projects for each program is attached.  Detailed information about each program is available by selecting the following links:


Erin Henson

MDOT Public Affairs
410-865-1025 office
443-829-9386 cell

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