In response to growing interest in trails, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) led a comprehensive interagency planning effort to develop a long-term strategic plan that will guide implementation of a seamless trail network throughout the State. The Maryland Trails: A Greener
2009 Maryland Trails Strategic Implementaion Plan
Advisory Committee – MDOT invited partner agencies and representatives of local governments to jointly develop the Plan. These partners are represented on the Trails Plan Advisory Committee, which acted as the guiding body throughout the development of the Plan. Advisory Committee members represent the following partner agencies:
Maryland Association of Counties
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development
Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Maryland Department of Planning
Maryland Department of Transportation
Maryland Municipal League
Maryland State Highway Administration
Maryland Transit Administration
Stakeholder Outreach – MDOT conducted interviews directly with stakeholders across the State that represent an array of interests (i.e., bicycle groups, pedestrian groups, Departments of Parks & Recreation, local governments) as well as with partner agencies involved in Maryland’s trail development in order to gather information on trail issues related to transportation and of Statewide importance.
Consultation and Coordination of Planning Activities – MDOT reviewed relevant plans and studies to ensure that the Plan is consistent with planning efforts and initiatives in the State.