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Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)
Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC)

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Background

 
Base Realignment and Closure (“BRAC”) recommendations were approved by Congress in the fall of 2005. These decisions, which affect realignment of military bases nationwide, are required to be in place by September 2011. Maryland is one of the few states benefiting by gaining additional military and civilian positions. Conservative estimates of direct and indirect and induced jobs coming to Maryland is estimated at 50,000 to 60,000 over the next ten years. Fort Meade, Aberdeen Proving Ground and the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda will be gaining most of these positions. Other installations including Fort Detrick and Andrews Air Force Base are also expected to have significant increases in personnel resulting from BRAC and non-BRAC related growth. Refer to a map of the five affected Maryland BRAC military installations.  Additional job growth is expected through Enhanced Use Leasing (EULs) projects around each of these military installations.  Enhanced Use Leases (EULs) are being implemented at many of the Maryland Military Installations in an effort to accommodate BRAC growth at the bases.  Most of this development is being done through private developers, in coordination with the military installations.  For more information about the EULs, visit the military's EUL website.

In concert with the Lieutenant Governor’s BRAC Sub-cabinet, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) continues to work with State partners, including the Department of Business and Economic Development and the Maryland Department of Planning, to face the challenge of accommodating this growth in a way that is efficient and effective over the long term. Outreach efforts continue with local and military communities throughout the State.

To address the challenges of BRAC, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) promotes Smart Growth, transit and strategic investments in the transportation network.  This approach is imperative to preserve our quality of life, support the military installations and capitalize on long-term economic opportunities of BRAC, while working in an environment of constrained transportation funding.  The job growth is dramatic, but we have an advantage over transportation planning for other growth challenges; we may not know where the residents will live, but we know where the jobs are locating.

Funding for transportation projects continues to be a challenge, on the state, local and federal levels.  Maryland faces approximately $40 billion in unmet transportation needs over the next 20 years.  Revenues to the Transportation Trust Fund do not keep pace with inflation, while operating and construction costs continue to increase faster than inflation.  While MDOT continues to construct and develop projects in the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), no funding is available to add new projects, or to advance those projects currently in the pipeline beyond the stage at which they are currently funded.  Federal transportation funding is also reaching a critical level.  Projections for the federal highway trust fund show funding shortfalls as early as FFY09.  We will continue to work with our partners in the General Assembly and Congress to obtain funding to advance priority projects for BRAC and other Statewide transportation needs.  Additionally, we will work with local governments and the private sector developers of “Enhanced Use Leases,” to secure the equitable contributions needed to provide the adequate transportation infrastructure their developments will require.

Prioritization and staging of projects is critical to our success, given the backlog of projects, funding limitations and the time it takes to develop projects.  Even construction impacts on traffic operations must be considered so we can continue to move traffic efficiently and effectively through the area.  MDOT works through the CTP process – which emphasizes local prioritization and consultation.  From MDOT’s perspective, transit is the priority to meet the BRAC needs, followed by transportation demand management and then targeted road improvements. 

As we move forward, all must recognize that the State will not be able to finance and build enough road capacity to ensure that every employee has unlimited access to our military facilities, by single occupant vehicle.    We must look at all reasonable alternatives.  In some corridors, transit may be the only option to add capacity due to right-of-way or environmental constraints.  Improving MARC, commuter bus and local/regional bus service will be critical to provide transportation alternatives.  MDOT will promote transportation demand management – through carpooling and staggered work hours – by working with the military installations and local governments. 

We are committed to working in concert with State agencies, local governments, military leadership and the private sector to address the needs of both BRAC and Maryland’s overall Statewide transportation needs.  This document outlines MDOT’s initial steps toward delivering on this commitment as together we address the challenges ahead by developing realistic options

          

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