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What is the Maryland Transportation Plan and why is it important?

Every five years, the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) develops a 20-year mission for transportation in the state known as the Maryland Transportation Plan (MTP). 
 
The MTP outlines the State’s overarching transportation priorities and helps create a larger context for transportation decision-making. The plan embodies MDOT’s vision:
 

  
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What are the goals of the Maryland Transportation Plan?

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) held an internal MDOT engagement session and has conducted external surveys, including an interactive online survey for Maryland residents to learn about and provide input on theirtransportation priorities in Maryland. All of these interactions, along with our mission statement and existing plans and programs have helped to shape the development of the draft 2040 MTP goals and objectives.
 
A goal is a broad statement with a desired result that reflects the overall MDOT mission statement. The objectives are more targeted outcomes within the goal area. Within the goals and objectives, associated performance measures are being developed to evaluate how well we annually achieve the 2040 MTP goals. An advisory committee is working with us to provide recommendations on these performance measures.
 
Click on the icons to learn more about each goal and their corresponding objectives: Ensure a Safe, Secure, and Resilient Transportation System Maintain a High Standard and Modernize Maryland’s Multimodal Transportation System Improve the Quality and Efficiency of the Transportation System to enhance the customer experience Provide Better Transportation Choices and Connections Facilitate Economic Opportunity and Reduce Congestion in Maryland through Strategic System Expansion Ensure Environmental Protection and Sensitivity Promote Fiscal Responsibility

Once developed, the MTP guides the development of the Consolidated Transportation Program (CTP), which identifies specific road, bridge, transit, aviation, port, pedestrian, and bikeway projects that will be funded over the six-year capital program.

 
Most Recent MTP 2018 CTP 2018 Current Attainment Report

How Does the MTP Get Updated?

The MTP is updated through extensive consultation and coordination with state, regional and local government stakeholders and outreach to Maryland’s citizens, such as the Maryland Transportation Plan Survey. You can also comment or inquire about the MTP via email at 2019MTP@mdot.state.md.us. The perspectives of transportation users are critical in shaping the MTP. 

MTP TIMELINE

Transportation Trends Highlights Transportation Trends Highlights - Full Report MDOT Internal Engagement Session Goals & Objectives of the 2040 MTP MetroQuest Survey Results Attainment Report Advisory Council MTP Strategies

MDOT is currently conducting outreach to Maryland’s citizens, agencies and interested organizations to update this long-range planning policy document through use of an online survey, Transportation Business Unit Engagement Session, an upcoming webinar, through email to 2019MTP@mdot.state.md.us, and this website.

For a timeline of outreach activities - please view our engagement timeline

The Attainment Report & Advisory Committee

MDOT’s annual Attainment Report on Transportation System Performance measures progress toward achieving strategic goals and targets through investments in projects in our Consolidated Transportation Program, and through daily operations. Using over 50 performance measures across the Department, the report details MDOT’s progress in facilitating safety, economic opportunity, and quality of service improvements, among others.  This past year, MDOT has taken several significant steps towards improving the entire transportation network through targeted investments, innovative project delivery, and the use of practical design and strategic cost savings.”(The 2018 Attainment Report is available now). 

An Advisory Committee is convened each time the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) develops a new long-range transportation plan to advise the department on the selection of appropriate performance measures and targets. Info about the 2040 MTP Attainment Report Advisory Committee can be found here.

Did you know that we are also updating the Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan?  

The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan process provides an opportunity to reflect on progress from previous plans to identify evolving needs and opportunities faced by pedestrians and cyclists in our state.  The previous plan was completed in 2014, and per Maryland Statute, must be updated every 5 years in coordination with the MTP.  The 2019 Bicycle and pedestrian master plan will present an updated 20 year vision to support these modes of transportation in Maryland, and will provide guidance to support strategic investments towards a more safer and more integrated transportation network. The plan is developed in close coordination with the MTP and is intended to help advance the overarching goals and objectives identified in that process. Both plans will be completed in early 2019. 

Why Does the MTP Get Updated?

The MTP is updated every five years to address current and future transportation challenges and conditions. The MTP guides all transportation investments.  

There are important considerations to look at. Here’s a snapshot of Maryland that shows some of the land and transportation data that help to inform the plan:


Land & Transportation - Maryland by the Numbers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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