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Maryland Transportation System Performance Dashboard 2018 Annual Attainment Report Highlights

 Goal: Community Vitality


  • Better coordinate transportation investments and land use planning to support the environmental, social and economic sustainability of Maryland's existing communities and planned growth areas.
  • Enhance transportation networks and choices to improve mobility and accessibility, and to better integrate with land use.
  • Increase and enhance transportation connections to move people and goods within and between activity centers.

Select a Measure:

Transit Ridership Highway Congestion Sidewalks Bicycle Facilities


What We Measure:

Percent of vehicle miles of travel (VMT) in congested conditions on freeways/expressways and arterials in Maryland during the evening peak hour.

Why We Measure:

This measure tracks MDOT SHA performance in reducing congestion on the state highway system. This is an indicator of congestion and the people/vehicles impacted by congestion.

Why Did Performance Change?

  • Percent of VMT experiencing congestion on freeways/expressways in evening peak hour has remained steady in last few years; with the steadily improving economy and job market, and low fuel prices, travel demand on Maryland freeways and arterials continues to grow
  • The traffic volume using Maryland freeways and arterials in the evening peak hour is constrained by capacity; because of this, the number of vehicles served during the evening peak hour has remained the same in the last few years
  • VMT projections in coming years show a continued increase at a similar rate as the past few years. This will result in higher travel demand on Maryland’s roadways

What Are Future Performance Strategies?

  • Implement Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O) and innovative technology solutions to efficiently serve the increased traffic volumes
  • Develop and implement practical design and short-term congestion management solutions to improve traffic operations, including geometric improvements, incident management, special event planning and ITS strategies, to improve traffic operations on the freeway/expressway system
  • Continue signal retiming and optimization programs to improve arterial operations